ERO Report

ERO (Education Review Office)

Makaraka's latest ERO report

The ERO team visited Makaraka School in October 2014. We are on a 4-5 year review cycle, meaning ERO have very strong confidence in our school teaching, learning, Governance and Management. This is the highest review cycle attainable and re-affirms our outstanding teaching and learning at Makaraka School.


The Learning Edge curriculum is very well designed and reflects current best practice. It strongly reflects the local environment and community. Manaakitanga and whanaungatanga are very evident in the inclusive culture of the school. It is closely aligned to The New Zealand Curriculum, reflecting its values, principles and key competencies and appropriately prioritising literacy and numeracy. The school’s values are explicitly promoted, spoken about by learners and their families and evident in everyday practice.

Digital technology is used well by students to aid their learning. Students talk enthusiastically and confidently about a range of electronic learning opportunities, programmes and resources.

There are many opportunities for students to develop physical skills and enjoyment of sport.

Students are purposefully engaged in their learning. Their relationships with teachers are positive and respectful. Students interact well with one another and are enthusiastic and confident to share their ideas.

Staff ensure environments encourage learning and positive engagement. Student work is celebrated in colourful, attractive spaces. Students flexibly choose furniture and resources that suit their learning preferences.

The principal is improvement focused and works with trustees and staff using a considered, evidence-based approach to review and development.

The school is very well placed to sustain and improve its performance. Effective leadership and governance ensure that students continue to experience positive outcomes as a result of the local curriculum at Makaraka School.

The board is well informed about school activities and student achievement. Trustees implement efficient and appropriate governance processes and demonstrate good understanding of their roles. There is a sound framework for policies and procedures, which are regularly reviewed.

Parents and whānau are systematically consulted about school direction and development. Families are very involved in the life of the school, particularly in local curriculum-based learning experiences and sports. There are good examples of home-school partnerships focused on improving students’ learning.

The Full 2014 ERO Report is available below...