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ERO Reports

Education Review Office Report

The Education Review Office (ERO) is the New Zealand government department that evaluates and reports on the education and care of students in schools and early childhood services. The Chief Review Officer formally designates individual review officers to carry out reviews in schools in accordance with the Education Act 1989.

This Act gives the Chief Review Officer the power to initiate review, investigate, report and to publish findings on the provision of education to all young New Zealanders. The ERO generally carries out reviews every three years.


Howick College is now on a four to five year review cycle, which is the best review cycle available. This is a high endorsement of the College's performance.


ERO Confirmed Report – Excerpts 2015 

"Howick College provides high quality education. Students engage positively with a curriculum that supports and strengthens their learning. A school-wide focus on student wellbeing underpins the school’s educational vision. School leaders and teachers are highly committed to fostering each individual’s present and future potential."

  • The College has a clear focus on building a strong learning community that values inspiration and innovation.

  • High expectations for academic achievement.

  • Students report a positive sense of belonging and pride in their school and agree that the school is inclusive and supportive. 

  • The College is already meeting the 2017 government targets of 85 percent of students achieving the National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) at Level 2.

  • Māori and Pacifika student achievement is above national NCEA percentages. 

  • The Howick College curriculum is well aligned to The New Zealand Curriculum (NZC) and promotes student engagement and learning very effectively.

  • Teachers are increasingly focused on engaging students in classroom programmes that encourage innovation, creative learning and thinking, as well as qualifications success.

  • A well-considered e-learning vision is being implemented in stages to develop digital competencies for both staff and students.

  • The School offers an enriching range of co-curricular activities. There are many opportunities for students to experience success and build their leadership capability and social competencies. A variety of sporting, cultural and academic events celebrate student success and achievement. 

  • A culture of continuous improvement permeates the school.

  • Students have leadership opportunities in the College where they can express their views, develop their skills and contribute to school’s decision-making.

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