What does ERO recommend?

ERO has recommended next steps for school leaders, champions, and the Ministry of Education around transitions, ways of working, outcomes for students and expectations.

ERO recommends leaders of contributing and receiving schools consider how they can:

  • provide vulnerable students and their whānau with increased and differentiated support to make appropriate choices about secondary schooling that matches their needs and aspirations
  • collaboratively develop processes to share and use information available in contributing primary and intermediate schools with secondary schools, as a regular part of transition processes.

ERO recommends leaders of secondary schools:

  • avoid confronting vulnerable students with an onerous testing regime while they are adjusting to the first few weeks of secondary school
  • consider starting teaching programmes as soon as practicable, based on information supplied from contributing schools that has been collaboratively agreed as useful
  • take advantage of the potential of the current champions to develop whānau relationships to inform a more responsive and personalised curriculum for Year 9 Plus students
  • use reliable data, including standardised literacy and mathematics achievement information, to gauge the progress of individual students and identify and respond to learning needs and strengths - ensuring these students are making sufficient progress on a trajectory to achieve the stated goal of NCEA Level 2
  • consider the learnings from the concept trial to develop strategies for working in partnership with families and whānau, to identify people who are willing to support vulnerable students
  • use internal evaluation to identify and emulate effective practices that have emerged from the concept trial for other vulnerable students.

ERO recommends school leaders and champions work together to:

  • develop specific strategies for those Year 9 Plus students not engaged in education
  • strengthen their focus on educational and vocational pathways for students in the initial-steps and aspirational groups.

ERO recommends the Ministry:

  • better document and measure goals for success at each stage of the concept trial, to ascertain whether this approach is on track to achieve the stated outcome of achieving NCEA Level 2 for these students
  • support schools to:
    • gather, collate and analyse information that indicates the effectiveness of the collaboration of school and champion for promoting student success
    • determine how ways of working with champions has improved or changed the ways school staff work with Year 9 Plus students and their whānau, and students at risk and their whānau more generally
  • use the findings from the concept trial to inform guidance to schools about effective practice in engaging vulnerable students and their whānau.