In this evaluation ERO looked at pedagogical leadership in ten clusters that were selected by the Ministry of Education. These clusters represented a variety of different AE provision. Large urban and small rural clusters were included in the sample. All of these AE clusters used external AE providers.[10]

The focus of this evaluation was on what was working in pedagogical leadership. A team of two ERO review officers were on-site with each provider for up to two days. During that time the review officers met with staff fulfilling pedagogical leadership roles, examined documentation, and interviewed provider staff, students and staff from the managing schools, including the coordinators and principals. The review team made judgements about the overall quality of pedagogical leadership based on a four-point matrix. This matrix is summarised in the findings section of this report and a full copy of the matrix is set out in Appendix 1.