Foreword

The Education Review Office (ERO) is an independent government department that reviews the performance of New Zealand’s schools and early childhood services, and reports publicly on what it finds.

The whakataukī of ERO demonstrates the importance we place on the educational achievement of our children and young people:

Ko te Tamaiti te Pūtake o te Kaupapa

The Child – the Heart of the Matter

In our daily work we have the privilege of going into early childhood services and schools, giving us a current picture of what is happening throughout the country. We collate and analyse this information so that it can be used to benefit the education sector and, therefore, the children in our education system. ERO’s reports contribute sound information for work undertaken to support the Government’s policies.

By welcoming international students, New Zealand schools provide opportunities for all their students to develop values and key competencies that they will need to contribute to and assume a place in the global community. Ensuring that all students are prepared to be internationally knowledgeable is a key aspect of The New Zealand Curriculum and of Te Marautanga o Aotearoa. The participation and funding derived from international students supports New Zealand schools to add richness and diversity to their curriculum and learning programmes. International students enrich our schools educationally, socially, and economically, while adding to their own and others’ cultural capital and global awareness.

Successful delivery in education relies on many people and organisations across the community working together for the benefit of children and young people. We trust the information in ERO’s evaluations will help them in their work.

Diana Anderson

Chief Review Officer (Acting)

Education Review Office

August 2013