ERO reviewed 15 of New Zealand’s 24 Secondary-Tertiary Programmes (STPs, also known as ‘Trades Academies’). The Ministry of Education and ERO selected these as representative of the different models of operation and diversity within the models.

ERO visited nine mixed model providers (five TEO-led and four school-led), three single school model providers, one national provider and two STP Pilots.

In total these 15 STPs provided opportunities for 75 percent of all the students enrolled in STPs at the time of review.

ERO evaluated the effectiveness of the STPs in achieving positive outcomes for students. ERO looked at:

  • the quality of the experience for a student, from the selection to completion of time in the STP
  • how well the programme improved student outcomesthe effectiveness of the partnerships established between the schools and tertiary institution
  • the impact of participation in the STP on school and TEO processes.

ERO visited and interviewed key personnel in the lead provider of each of the STPs and a sample of their partner schools. ERO interviewed students in the sampled schools. Some additional schools, TEOs and students provided feedback through online surveys.

Figure 2 illustrates the stages of an effective STP from student selection through to student success. It describes how the secondary and tertiary partners should work together to ensure successful outcomes for the students.

The diagram gave ERO review officers guidance in the evaluation process and was used to frame the judgements in this report.

Figure 2: Secondary and tertiary partners worked together to maximise each individual student's potential

This image shows the transition from student selection to student success. With the transition including a programme to meet their needs, induction to STP, Secondary part of cirriculum and Tertiary part of the cirriculum