Annual self-review and attestation

Education providers that are signatories of the Education (Pastoral Care of International Students) Code of Practice 2016 (the Code) must undertake and document self-review of their performance against the required outcomes and processes set out in the Code.

Signatories are required to attest annually to NZQA that they have undertaken this self-review. This applies even if an education organisation does not have international students currently enrolled.

Education organisations that are signatories to the Code must:

  • complete a self-review of how they are meeting the Code outcomes and processes
  • document the self-review for their own records and external evaluation and review
  • complete the Self-review attestation form (DOC, 877KB) and submit it online by 1 October each year.

2018 due date

Self-review attestations are due to NZQA by 1 October 2018.

What is self-review?

Self-review is an ongoing process to examine an organisation’s performance. It identifies strengths and weaknesses so the organisation can make actual, worthwhile improvements to their practice.

Self-review is a core component of quality assurance policies and criteria across all types of education organisations.

What is annual attestation?

Attestation is a declaration made to NZQA that Code self-review is taking place.

The attestation is required annually, and is made by submitting an attestation form signed by the CEO/Principal/Chair of the Governing Board.

Resources for self-review

Self-review guidelines

NZQA has developed Guidelines for self-review of performance against the Education (Pastoral Care of International Students) Code of Practice 2016.

They guide signatories through the process of undertaking self-review of pastoral care practice, and embedding self-review as an ongoing process in an organisation.

Self-review tool

NZQA has developed a self-review tool for signatories to the Education (Pastoral Care of International Students) Code of Practice 2016 (DOCX, 272KB).

Signatories do not have to use it, but it contains evaluative questions to help signatories cover all areas of the Code and review their performance against it.

How do I undertake a self-review?

Organisations need to evaluate their performance by:

  • gathering data about their pastoral care of international students (e.g. processes, student support, surveys of students or others)
  • reflecting on the data (e.g. gaps, strengths, weaknesses, opportunities)
  • coming to conclusions about their own effectiveness
  • using the reflections to make ongoing improvements to pastoral care of international students.

Organisations need to keep a record of the self-review, including the evidence, for their own quality assurance purposes, as well as for external evaluation and review.

How do I submit a self-review attestation?

Tertiary organisations and schools use their online service to submit the self-review attestation form.

Further information

For further information contact code.enquiries@nzqa.govt.nz (for all education organisations).

 
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