Self-review and attestation - international Code

Education providers that are signatories of the Education (Pastoral Care of International Students) Code of Practice 2016 (the international Code) must:

  • carry out an annual self-review of how they are meeting the international Code outcomes and processes
  • document the self-review for their own records and external evaluation and review
  • 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
  • complete the editable Self-review attestation form (PDF, 207KB)
  • upload a saved copy of the PDF form through NZQA's secure login online each year. See the instructions on how to submit your form (PDF, 451KB).

Self-review attestation due dates 2021

Schools - 1 December 2021

The existing international Code requirements will be retained for schools in a new Code due to be issued around July/August 2021 and effective from 1 January 2022. International Code self-review and attestation will continue as usual for schools in 2021.

The Code self-review attestation due date for schools is 1 December 2021. We will provide you with information about how to attest in due course.

Tertiary providers – to be confirmed following your feedback

Code requirements are changing for tertiary providers from 2022. A new Code is due to be issued in July/August 2021 and will be effective from 1 January 2022. We will confirm Code quality assurance requirements and timeframes, including for self-review, once the Ministry of Education has released the outcome of the Code consultation (due July/August).

Before confirming, we will seek your feedback on proposed requirements and timeframes and ensure you have reasonable notice ahead of any self-review, attestation or other quality assurance requirements.

In the meantime, please continue with your ongoing internal processes of self-review, ensuring your compliance with current requirements.

We also recommend planning for a period of reviewing and updating your pastoral care processes in the second half of this year, to ensure they align with any new Code requirements due to be issued around July/August.

Any changes to the Codes will come into effect from January 2022.

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 international Code self-review is taking place.

The attestation is required annually, and you need to submit an attestation form signed by the CEO/Principal/Chair of the Governing Board.

Resources for self-review

Self-review guidelines

NZQA has developed self-review guidelines for the interim domestic and international Codes (PDF, 389KB).

They guide tertiary education providers and international Code signatory schools 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 (DOCX, 260KB) for signatories to the Education (Pastoral Care of International Students) Code of Practice 2016 (including 2019 amendments).

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 (for all education organisations).

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