COVID-19 (novel coronavirus)

ERO school reviews under COVID-19

ERO is now resuming longitudinal (1 to 2 year) reviews but will not be restarting other individual school education reviews and reporting until later in the year. However, we do want to capture the learning and innovation that is happening in the sector at this time.

During Term 3, ERO will continue to work with schools to collect information for national reporting about:

  • the strategies put in place to contribute to learner success and reengagement in education
  • the actions they are taking in response to the COVID 19 context
  • support they have found useful and what they may need going forward
  • the short-term challenges and solutions they are finding
  • their innovations and successes to date

We will use the information gathered to inform the system, and to share good practice.  Our focus will be on student attendance, engagement and learning, and how schools are managing to support educational equity.  Alongside our discussions with school personnel we are undertaking regular surveys to gather additional information from teachers and learners.

When we resume our regular review programme we will work with schools to determine the timing and focus of individual reviews, depending on each school’s context and conditions for learning.

ERO early childhood services reviews under COVID-19

ERO will not be restarting individual education reviews and reporting until later in the year for Kindergartens, Education and Care Services, and Home-based Education and Care Services that are due for an education review. However, we do want to capture the learning and innovation that is happening in the sector currently.

ERO will be contacting selected services to talk with them and collect information for national reporting about:

  • how services have responded to the COVID-19 context
  • what impact COVID-19 has had on the participation and engagement of children in ECE
  • the short-term challenges and solutions they are finding
  • their innovations and successes to date.

We will use the information gathered to inform the system, and to share good practice. Our focus will be on leadership, wellbeing and learning, and how services are managing to support educational equity, access and quality.

When we resume our regular review programme, we will begin to phase in the implementation of Ngā Ara Whai Hua in centre-based early childhood services, whilst continuing to undertake Education Reviews in home-based and hospital-based services.

Please note, the above approach does not apply to playcentres, or to home-based and centre-based services where an Assurance Review is to be undertaken – for these our normal processes have restarted.

Please talk to your local ERO office if you have concerns, questions or suggestions.

The Ministry of Education COVID-19 webpage is the best source of advice if you work, or have children in, education and have questions about COVID-19.

There is also a dedicated New Zealand Government COVID-19 website which has links to all agencies providing advice about COVID-19.

If you are concerned that you or someone in your family may have contracted COVID-19, please contact the free dedicated hotline at 0800 358 5453.