Next steps

ERO recommends that academy directors:

  • continue to work with NZDF and school personnel to identify ways to formally assess student learning in terms of the National Qualifications Framework (NQF).

On the basis of this report, ERO suggests that schools with service academies:

  • work with academy staff to coordinate, document and monitor student goal‑setting, including goals related to career aspirations, academic progress, fitness, values and social/personal goals
  • continue to work with academy directors to identify ways to formally assess student learning in terms of the National Qualifications Framework (NQF)
  • monitor the progress of students who return to school following their year in a service academy
  • develop processes that support students leaving a service academy
  • explore how induction courses and/or professional development for academy staff (especially those without formal teaching qualifications) could be used to enhance their work, including their understanding of school operations
  • use the indicators in this report, along with student achievement information, the monitoring of student goals and destination data, to analyse how service academy programmes can be developed.

On the basis of this report the Ministry of Education should:

  • modify the milestone reporting requirements so that they also support the self‑review of service academies
  • include, as part of the milestone reporting process, information on how service academy money is spent by schools
  • as part of the milestone reporting process for service academies, collate and analyse information on success of students who return to school after a year in a service academy
  • consider the implications for Youth Guarantee of the resource issues for principals not wanting to be seen ‘poaching’ students from neighbouring schools or releasing students to attend a service academy at another school.