ERO Insights - Issue 2 2020

Kia ora tātou,

In this issue of ERO Insights we cover a range of topics relevant to the daily challenges faced by schools and early childhood education centres. We:

  • update you on how we are involving the sector in the detailed design and implementation of our new operating model for school reviews
  • provide insights into how aggregated information from ERO’s school reviews can inform our understanding of education system performance
  • share our latest research on how schools and ECE providers are coping with the impacts of Covid-19
  • review research on ways to combat the growing problem of student absenteeism, and
  • look at how schools are teaching about the Treaty of Waitangi.

ERO’s latest work on the impacts of Covid-19 research is particularly relevant given the current Level 3 restrictions in Auckland and Level 2 elsewhere. It found that, despite the challenges, two-thirds of schools said they had successfully prepared for the first lockdown. Anecdotally we are also hearing that schools and early learning services are applying what they learnt to the current restrictions.

ERO is taking the learnings from this research into account when planning its own work, now that most of the country is operating at Alert Level 2. At level 2 we are continuing to do reviews but are looking at how we can reduce our time on site and the burden on participants. As always, if you are due for a review, we will talk to you first and will take your particular circumstances into account.

In other news, we introduce Jane Lee, ERO’s new Deputy Chief Executive – Review and Improvement Services. Jane replaces Di Anderson, who will be well known to many of you from her lifetime commitment to education – the last 30 years of which were in various roles in ERO. She has made a huge contribution to New Zealand education in that time and will be missed. Hers are big shoes to fill, but I’m confident Jane is a worthy successor.

ERO Insights – as the name suggests – is about providing useful insights into areas that make a difference for our tamariki and rangatahi. We hope you find it useful and we always welcome feedback.

Ngā mihi nui,
Nicholas Pole
Chief Review Officer

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