Thirteen ERO national evaluation reports were analysed for this report. National evaluation reports make use of information gathered through regular education reviews of schools or early childhood services, or by specialist review teams. They present a perspective on what is happening nationally with identified aspects of educational practice that are of particular interest to ERO, the Ministry of Education and other education agencies.

For this report, ERO undertook a literature search to ascertain information on transitions from ERO’s previous work, and what other researchers or agencies have found. Key issues and recurrent themes were identified, with a particular lens on how schools’ processes and practices support students to quickly build on previous learning when they moved from primary to secondary education.

The ERO reports used for this analysis and the research included in this report are listed in Appendix 1.