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The Government’s decisions on the Tomorrow’s Schools review confirmed ERO in its role as New Zealand’s education review organisation. They also support our shifting emphasis towards continuous improvement and are looking to ERO to become stronger partners with the sector in strengthening schools’ capabilities for self-monitoring. The Taskforce report also noted the need for ERO to pay a greater focus on system-wide evaluation and review.
This will mean changes to our work programme and practices, but these will be introduced over time and the Minister has asked me, as Chief Review Officer, to advise him on ERO’s approach to achieving that refocussing of effort.
As we do that work we will keep you informed about what that might mean in terms of changes to how and when we undertake reviews and how we will work with you to strengthen your own efforts in respect of internal evaluation.
In the ECE sector we will focus on raising quality through ongoing, sustained improvement. In the coming year we will be replacing our current Education Reviews with a process of quality evaluations based on Ngā Ara Whai Hua: Quality Framework, our new approach for evaluation and improvement in early childhood education services. We expect the framework to be used by parents, service providers and ERO evaluators as a basis for judging quality in early childhood provision.
The Minister has also asked for greater alignment between the research and evaluation undertaken by ERO, the Ministry of Education, NZCER and universities to make better use of data to reduce the workload on schools in the context of monitoring and evaluation.
These decisions mean ERO has certainty about its future and they are in line with our desire to have more effective partnerships, to be more integrated with the sector and to ensure we add value with every engagement.
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I would like to especially acknowledge everyone who has so far put their name forward for the Leadership Partnership Programme. It is great to receive so many applications and we are now in the process of selecting a pilot Leadership Partners group.
Thank you all for your interest and support during the year. This year has clearly been an important one in shaping the direction of New Zealand’s education. We look forward to working with you as we go forward in this reform.
Finally, on behalf of the entire ERO team we wish you a well-earned break and a safe and happy summer holiday.
Chief Review Officer