ERO will not be restarting 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.
In the next few weeks, ERO will be contacting schools that are due to be reviewed, to establish an approach that collects information for national and regional reporting about:
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 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.
The purpose of an ERO review
An ERO review looks at how an early learning service or school reaches positive learning outcomes - knowledge, skills, attitude and habits - for all children and young people. We’re interested in what’s working well and where improvements can be made.
Our review process works with an early learning service or school’s own evaluation processes. It also supports a culture of ongoing improvement.
Once our review process is complete and the early childhood service or school has had a chance to take in and discuss the results, a final report is published on this website.
We do this because we want parents, whānau, families and the wider community to know about the teaching and learning at early childhood services and schools.
Making the reports easily accessible invites parents to take an interest and ask questions. Parent involvement plays a big part in the educational success of a child.
Our review process is designed to be as open as possible. There should be no surprises.
Reviewers are professional evaluators who’ve had many years of teaching experience before joining ERO. All have specific training in education evaluation.
Reviewers follow the State Services Commission’s Standards of Integrity and Conduct. Early childhood services and schools can expect review teams to be fair, impartial, responsible and trustworthy.
If at any point during a review you do not feel that the review is being handled properly by the review team, please contact your local ERO office.