Foreword

The Education Review Office (ERO) is an independent government department that reviews the performance of New Zealand’s schools and early childhood services, and reports publicly on what it finds.

The whakataukī of ERO 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 early childhood services and schools, giving us a current picture of what is happening throughout the country. We 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 policies.

In this evaluation ERO discusses how effective senior schooling is increasingly responding to a range of educational, vocational, cultural, health and social needs of students. By drawing on information gathered from 74 secondary school reviews, as well as previous ERO evaluations, this report looks at the current good practice of some schools and suggests ways in which schools can also improve.

Successful delivery in education relies on many people and organisations across the community working together for the benefit of children and young people. We trust the information in ERO’s evaluations will help them in their work.

Diana Anderson

Acting Chief Review Officer

Education Review Office

July 2013