Information Releases

Pilot Schools

ERO is introducing a new evaluation approach for schools.

We have invited 75 schools to work with us in a research and development model to enable feedback and progression of a bespoke approach to evaluation.

Improving outcomes for all children continues to be the focus of our work.

An ERO evaluation partner will work alongside each school in its process of continuous improvement. This ongoing evaluation relationship is a move away from single event-based external reviews.

ERO’s model is iterative and responds to the context of individual schools. Sector stakeholder groups are working with us to provide guidance. Schools and ERO evaluation partners are providing feedback to strengthen the approach.

Building relationships through engagement and consultation with the sector, and focusing on how best to make the model work to provide successful outcomes for children, are key features of the new evaluation model.

Term 1 2021

In Term 1 2021, we welcomed these schools into the new evaluation approach.
ERO’s approach will continue to be iterative as all schools are introduced to the new Operating Model, allowing us to additionally gain wider and real-time feedback from all schools and our evaluators.
The feedback from your school and ERO evaluation partner will contribute to the development of the model.

Independent external evaluation

The Education Review Office has commissioned an independent external evaluator to help guide the development of our new approach.

Dr Delwyn Goodrick’s evaluation is designed to provide feedback at key phases of the development and implementation process.

The Terms of Reference are available here. (PDF, 257KB)