International students are socially and economically important to New Zealand. They enrich our cultural diversity and provide a source of revenue.
School’s Provision for International Students is ERO’s seventh report about international students. This evaluation included 95 schools (both primary and secondary) and focused on five aspects in relation to international students – integration, progress and achievement, education programme, pastoral care, overall approach and self review.
ERO found that most schools provided effectively for their international students. More than half the schools (56 percent) were considered highly or mostly effective on all five aspects. A further 19 percent were highly effective on four aspects.
As in ERO’s previous evaluations of provision for international students, self review was the least effective aspect. Thirty-six percent of the schools reviewed had either partially or limited effective self review.
The report provides examples of highly effective practice, as well as identifying areas of concern. In doing so, the report highlights the implications of limited self review on the school’s legal obligations under the Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students.
The school has robust self-review processes that encourage review and reflection including regular annual reporting to the board. The report to the board is structured like department reports and is part of the well-developed, school-wide, self-review programme. The director conducts quarterly surveys of students along with meetings and interviews. Feedback is received from agencies, parents and teachers, and homestay procedures are regularly reviewed. There is a comprehensive self-review document that they have completed to monitor compliance with the Code. The director says: ‘I have not consciously linked my Strategic Plan and Report to my Code review, but I am now thinking this would be good to look at doing this year.’ [Large, medium decile Years 9-15 secondary school in a secondary urban area]
How effectively is the school reviewing its provision and outcomes for international students?
How systematic is the school’s overall approach to enrolling international students?
How effectively does the school provide pastoral care for international students?
How effectively does the education programme respond to the aspirations, interest and needs of international students or their parents?
How well do international students make progress and achieve?
How effectively does the school integrate international students into the school and local community?
*More questions and indicators are available in the full report.