During Term 2, 2018, as part of regular reviews, ERO teams conducted exploratory work to find out what schools with Year 1 to 8 students do to develop the key competencies in their students. Reviewers interviewed adults and students, read school documentation and observed teaching and learning practices. They were guided by the following broad questions:
ERO clarified with schools that it was not evaluating the appropriateness or effectiveness of what they were doing in implementing key competencies. ERO also indicated that it understood that key competencies might be referred to in different ways and that terms used could vary from school to school.