Foreword

The New Zealand Government has grouped its priorities and activities under three themes:

  • Economic transformation
  • Families, young and old
  • National identity

The Education Review Office (ERO) contributes to these themes through its role of reviewing and reporting on the quality of education in schools and early childhood education services.

ERO’s whakataukı 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 schools and early childhood services, and this gives us a current picture of what is happening throughout the country. We are then able to 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 themes.

ERO is interested in what happens in the classroom and also in how parents and the community can help in the education of school students. We have therefore evaluated the way schools engage their parents, wha¯ nau and community. The result is a collection of three reports on different aspects of Partners in Learning: the findings of the evaluation; examples of good practice; and the voices of parents. This report sets out the views of parents and others in the community about their role in the education of their children.

The successful delivery of education relies on many people and organisations across the community working together. We hope the information in this booklet will help them in their task.

Graham Stoop
Chief Review Officer

September 2008