New ERO Te Tai Raki Director Filivaifale Jason Swann swaps Principal's desk for review office

Published: 03 Mar 2022

   In summary: 

  • Filivaifale Jason Swann has joined ERO in the role of Te Tai Raki Northern Director, covering Pukekohe to Kaitaia, encompassing a third of kura, early childhood and other learning environments in Aotearoa New Zealand.   
  • Swann joins ERO from Otahuhu Primary School where he held the role of Principal for 12 years.   
  • The appointment comes at an exciting time for ERO who continue to embed their new operating model for schools. This model sees greater levels of partnership between learning environments and ERO reviewers.   

Filivaifale Jason Swann is stepping into the role of Director Review and Improvement Services for Te Tai Raki/Northern Region at The Education Review Office -Te Tari Arotake Mātauranga (ERO).   

Swann will be leading the Review and Improvement team working with schools and early learning services from Pukekohe to Kaitaia - a role that builds upon Swann’s experience working across the education sector.    

As a former Principal of Otahuhu Primary School and well-known in the education sector, Filivaifale Jason Swann brings a deep understanding of education. During his long career he also worked with numerous advisory groups both regionally and nationally. He has previously been the president of the New Zealand Pasifika Principals Association, a representative on the Auckland Primary Principals Association and the Chairperson of the Tautai o le Moana Pasifika initiative to support school principals' capability in Pasifika contexts. 
“ERO’s mahi is about ensuring our tamariki receive the best possible education. I have seen first-hand how transformative this work can be and looking forward to using my experience as a teacher and principal to continue helping our learners from across Te Tai Raki,” says Swann  

“I am focused on creating successful opportunities for our Early Learning Services and Schooling sector so that our tamariki can benefit from our combined success.” 
Nicholas Pole, Chief Executive and Chief Review Officer, ERO says that Swann joins ERO at an important juncture with ERO having spent the past year embedding a new operating model for schools. Rather than focusing on point-in-time reviews as we’ve done in the past, ERO’s new approach is about working more closely with schools – walking alongside schools in partnership to achieve continuous improvement.    

“Jason Swann brings with him decades of education experience, great partnerships of his own, huge collegial support and a deep understanding of the importance of the pre-tertiary educational pathway through to tertiary education.”  
"Jason’s invaluable insights into the schools operating model will help further shape our approach, hone the skills of our review and evaluation team members and importantly, ensure the best outcomes for our learners across Te Tai Raki,” says Pole.  


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