State Services Commissioner Peter Hughes has today announced the appointment of Nicholas Pole as Chief Review Officer and Chief Executive of the Education Review Office (ERO). Pole is currently Acting Chief Review Officer and has been in this role since 24 January 2017. He has been appointed for a five year term commencing on 21 June 2017.

“Mr Pole is a respected senior Public Servant with many years’ experience in the education sector in New Zealand and Australia,” said Hughes. “He has led ERO very effectively since January and established excellent working relationships across the education sector.

“Mr Pole has a deep knowledge of New Zealand’s education sector and the role ERO plays helping the system deliver better outcomes for children and young people,”

Before taking up the Acting Chief Review Officer role Pole was Deputy Chief Executive Organisational Solutions for the Ministry of Social Development leading the Ministry’s Corporate Services, research and support functions.  Prior to this he was Deputy Secretary, Regional Services Group with the Victorian State Department of Education and Early Childhood Development. In this role he led a programme of performance reforms in Victoria’s schools.

Pole spent five years in the New Zealand Ministry of Education as Deputy Secretary before his move to Australia. During this time he led the special education and education recovery programmes as well as two periods leading the Ministry’s response to the Canterbury Earthquakes. He commenced his career as a trained teacher and researcher.

ERO has around 150 designated review officers based around the country who undertake approximately 1260 external evaluations of early learning services and 700 external evaluations of schools every year.

Read Nicholas Pole’s article on Surviving your school’s ERO review.


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