Conclusion

A large majority of schools are providing effectively for their international students. Almost all schools are providing effective pastoral care, social integration and education programmes for their international students.

Self review continues to be a concern in 36 percent of schools. As noted in ERO’s previous reports, this was the weakest aspect of provision for international students. ERO rarely found sufficient information from the school’s own review on which to reliably base their judgements, and poor self review was the main reason for non-compliance aspects identified by ERO.

ERO has previously recommended and recommends again that the Ministry of Education:

  • continues to work with schools to develop appropriate expectations for reporting the results of schools’ self review related to international students, and
  • supports schools by providing guidelines to strengthen the review and reporting of outcomes for international students as well as reporting on the education and care they provide.