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.

As Canterbury experienced the devastation of the earthquakes and their impact, the Christchurch ERO office temporarily suspended education reviews in the region. When our review officers started to re-enter Canterbury schools and services, they heard stories of innovative practices and lessons learned during and after the earthquakes. We wanted to capture these stories and share them with the wider education sector.

This report includes extracts from those stories. They speak of courage, resilience and professionalism. They are stories from which we can all learn.

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
Chief Review Officer (Acting)
Education Review Office

June 2013