ERO’s Leadership Partners programme launched in late January with a pilot group of six school leaders. The Partners trained alongside and then joined ERO Review Officers in conducting external school evaluation processes during term one. They’re continuing to work alongside Review Officers and schools as we use our interim methodology to learn about schools’ Covid-19 responses.
The Leadership Partners programme is a joint initiative between ERO and the education sector, and is supported by key sector groups (SPANZ, NZPPF, NZAIMS and NZSTA). It aims to build strong, enduring partnerships and networks between ERO and the sector, build school leaders’ understanding of evaluation for improvement through upskilling practitioners in ERO’s work, and enhance the review process for both schools and ERO.
Early feedback has been that Leadership Partners play a valuable role during ERO evaluations, bringing more diverse expertise to the evaluative process and allowing ERO to benefit from the valuable insights and knowledge of current practitioners.
Our pilot Leadership Partners also benefit from developing deeper insights into their own schools through contributing to the review of others. One partner has commented that the ERO Leadership Partners induction process “was some of the best professional learning I have ever had”.
A second tranche of school leaders will join the programme in September 2020, and the programme will be evaluated with a view to expanding it in 2021.
Look out for advertised opportunities to join the 2021 programme in the Education Gazette in term four, and check out our Leadership Partners page, where school leaders talk about their experiences working alongside ERO and how learning more about external evaluation has benefited them and their schools.