Building self‑review capability in indigenous education such as Te Aho Matua kura is paramount and has been a focus for ERO. In 2000, ERO provided key questions to prompt evaluative discussions. In 2008, ERO acknowledged the development of self review in kura kaupapa Māori, the Ministry of Education requirements for planning and reporting, and the need for an ERO evaluation plan. ERO then developed a single style evaluation plan to respond to all requirements.
Since that time it has been clear that self review manifests itself in many different ways. At the core are key principles that underpin what self review looks like for Te Aho Matua kura and whānau. This element of the review gives ERO the opportunity to gather and report self-review information for the wider benefit of kura kaupapa Māori.
ERO is interested in the different ways kura whānau use self review to inform decisions they make as they focus on high quality outcomes for students. It is important to note the differences in the key principles and how the whānau reach their decisions because of self review. It is also important to note cultural differences.
ERO and Te Rūnanga Nui have access to a range of valuable information about Te Aho Matua kura self-review process and practice, which shows the breadth and depth of self‑review process and practice nationally. It may also identify key practices and points of difference by Māori, as information for Māori.