Appendix 1: Methodology

Sample

This evaluation is based on the 93 schools with international students that had a regular ERO review between November 2009 and October 2010. The 93 schools are from a variety of school types, as shown in Figure 5.

Figure 5: Types of Schools in Sample

School Type

Number of schools in sample

Percentage of schools in sample

National percentage of schools with international students[12]

Contributing primary (Y1-6)

16

17%

21%

Full primary (Y1-8)

15

16%

15%

Intermediate (Y7-8)

13

14%

11%

Composite (Y1-15)

6

7%

6%

Restricted composite (Y7-10)

2

2%

<1%

Secondary (Y7-15)

15

16%

12%

Secondary (Y9-15)

26

28%

35%

Total

93

100%

100%

The sample is representative of national figures for schools with international students enrolled. Any differences are not statistically significant.[13]

Data collection

For each school, ERO considered information from a variety of sources including:

  • documentation provided by the school
  • ERO’s Board Assurance Statement and Self-Audit Checklist.

During the review, ERO had discussions with:

  • members of the board
  • the principal and school managers
  • staff with responsibility for the pastoral care of international students
  • staff with responsibility for the accommodation provision for international students
  • staff with responsibility for teaching international students
  • accommodation caregivers
  • international students
  • any other people considered to be appropriate.