Framework for School Reviews

The Framework for School Reviews is about the process the Education Review Office (ERO) uses when reviewing state primary and secondary schools.

For the purposes of this framework, the word ‘school’ includes all state schools and those kura that do not operate in accordance with the principles of Te Aho Matua *.

The Framework is a resource that ERO, schools and kura can use during reviews. It reflects ERO’s current review methodology and is a complementary document to ERO’s Evaluation Indicators for School Reviews.

What is in the framework?

The 2013 online Framework for School Reviews has been adapted from the 2011 published version. Much of the content is the same but presented in an online-friendly way that makes it easy for schools to navigate.

There are two parts to this framework. The first part focuses on the essential information about the review and the school’s involvement.

Why ERO reviews
What ERO reviews
ERO reviews – a complementary process
Preparing for the review
The ERO visit
ERO's report

The second part includes more detail about how ERO reviews and the thinking behind our processes.
ERO’s review principles
The School’s Curriculum
Self review
ERO's conceptual framework for school reviews
Criteria for Review Timing Decisions

Each individual section can be printed or you can read and download the full framework by clicking on the documet Framework for School Review on the top, right-hand side of this page.

*Note: ERO’s reviews for private schools are different to reviews of state and state-integrated schools, and for kura. ERO also has separate review procedures for Te Aho Matua kura kaupapa Māori.

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