The Education Review Office (ERO) is an independent government department that reviews the performance of New Zealand’s schools and early childhood services, and reports publicly on what it finds.

The whakataukī of ERO demonstrates the importance we place on the educational achievement of our children and young people:

Ko te Tamaiti te Pūtake o te Kaupapa The Child – the Heart of the Matter

In our daily work we have the privilege of going into early childhood services and schools, giving us a current picture of what is happening throughout the country. We collate and analyse this information so that it can be used to benefit the education sector and, therefore, the children in our education system. ERO’s reports contribute sound information for work undertaken to support the Government’s policies.

This is ERO’s third national evaluation report looking at how primary and secondary schools engage with Pacific learners and work to lift their achievement. Unfortunately the results are in line with earlier reports, again showing that schools need to make significant improvements in the ways they respond to Pacific students. There are widely recognised disparities in the education outcomes for these students, but little evidence of substantial changes in the way schools address these differences. We are sure this report will provide some guidance for school leaders.

Successful delivery in education relies on many people and organisations across the community working together for the benefit of children and young people. We trust the information in ERO’s evaluations will help them in their work.

Dr Graham Stoop

Chief Review Officer

Education Review Office

May 2012