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The Board of Trustees (BOT) is a group of elected people who are responsible for the governance of the school. The Board of a school is responsible for determining the direction in which the school is heading. This occurs only after a great deal of consultation with parents, staff and students of the school to ensure that the school is providing the highest quality of education possible and a safe place in which students can learn. All state and state-integrated schools in New Zealand have a BOT Useful Website www.nzsta.org.nz The New Zealand School Trustees Association has an excellent website with lots of information for Trustees.
Educational Review Office
Purpose of the review
An ERO review supports a school to strengthen its capacity to promote students’ learning and achievement. The review process also aims to sustain ongoing development and improvement through effective self review. ERO is a government department providing independent external evaluation of schools and early childhood services. Through its reviews ERO is able to provide assurance to the Government, parents and communities about the quality of schools and early childhood services and the effective use of public funds. Children and young people are central to ERO’s approach. This is reflected in ERO’s whakataukī and is the foundation for ERO’s vision and mission statement.
Accountability and improvement
ERO’s evaluation in schools has two purposes – accountability and educational improvement. Evaluation for accountability purposes involves reporting on goals and standards (including checking on compliance matters), while an improvement focus involves assisting schools to develop and improve through their self review. ERO’s approach is to work with schools to identify both their strengths and areas for development and review.