This report focuses on the good practices of schools in support of a target cohort of year 12 students attempting NCEA Level 2. In collecting information for this report, ERO asked the following questions:

  1. What did schools do in identifying and responding to their target cohort?
  2. What impacts were achieved?
  3. What was learnt by the school?
  4. What changes have been sustained in the school’s operations?

These questions supported review officers to collect information about the involvement of families and whānau, school approaches to data analysis, the types of credits gained by students, pastoral and careers systems in support of students, educational initiatives that supported target students, and the sustainability of the systems schools had developed during this project.

During Term 1, 2013 teams of ERO reviewers visited the 13 of the 16 schools that had agreed to be part of a good practice evaluation. The schools visited were decile 1 to 7 schools. During these visits ERO:

  • spoke with the principal and other leaders with oversight of this work
  • interviewed groups of students affected by the project
  • met with any staff who have continued this work in 2013 or who have developed initiatives linked to what the school has learnt from being involved in this project
  • discussed with a few family or whānau members any significant benefits for their child that they had observed
  • examined documentation, including any self-review material, the school had already prepared related to this project
  • considered any other evidence or examples of ongoing good practice, benefits or developments linked to this project.