Appendix 6: Further information about the methodolgy

Review process

Two reviewers visited each school and interviewed key people, such as:

  • the principal (or deputy/assistant principal) to find out the big picture of how careers education fits into the school - any links with the strategic directions of the school, and how the school develops and reviews their careers education provision
  • deputy principals - pastoral and curriculum about links between their areas and careers education and guidance and oversight of careers education and guidance in the senior management team
  • careers adviser/careers head of department about how careers education and guidance (CEG) is delivered
  • teachers that deliver CEG - both subject teachers (eg social sciences, English, transition) and mentor/tutor teachers
  • Gateway/STAR coordinator
  • people with responsibility for Maori and Pacific students - and links with CEG
  • some students about their experience and understanding of CEG.

Reviewers also read documents that showed planning for CEG, set out expectations for teachers, and showed student work. These included:

  • charter, strategic plan and plans to develop CEG
  • plan for delivering careers education and guidance across the school
  • management documents that describe how career education will be included in curriculum areas
  • guidance for subject teachers on including CEG
  • guidance for mentor/tutor teachers that includes CEG
  • resources, including those related to assessing Career management competencies
  • subject choice booklets
  • student learning/career plans
  • reviews of career education and outcomes for students
  • reports to the board about CEG.

Schools included




Decile range


Main urban

over 1500


Hutt Valley High, Lynfield College, Massey High, Otumoetai College, Waimea College

Main urban



Kelston Girls, Nelson College, Wellington East Girls


300, 500


Makoura College, Wairoa College