Self-review and attestation - interim domestic Code

Tertiary education providers have obligations under the Education (Pastoral Care of Domestic Tertiary Students) Interim Code of Practice 2019 (the interim domestic Code) to:

  • carry out a self-review to ensure their practice aligns with the interim domestic Code outcomes and processes
  • document the self-review for their own records and external evaluation and review
  • attest to NZQA by the date specified that they have undertaken this self-review by completing and submitting an online attestation form 

2021 compliance requirements  

For tertiary providers, there are no further formal self-review attestation requirements for the current interim domestic Code.

NZQA continues to monitor compliance with the interim domestic Code via External Evaluation and Review (EER) and ongoing student accommodation monitoring activities.

Code requirements have changed for tertiary providers from 2022. You can read more about these on the Ministry of Education's website.

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 the new Code requirements .

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 attestation?

Attestation is a declaration made to NZQA that your organisation has done your interim domestic Code self-review.

You will need to submit an online attestation form authorised by the CEO/Chair of the Governing Board.

Resources for self-review

Self-review guidelines

NZQA has developed self-review guidelines (interim domestic and international Codes) (PDF, 385KB).

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 toolkit (interim domestic Code)

NZQA has developed a self-review toolkit for interim domestic Code for tertiary education providers under the Education (Pastoral Care of Domestic Tertiary Students) Interim Code of Practice 2019.

Download the Word toolkit (DOCX, 234KB)

Download the PDF toolkit (PDF, 570KB)

Providers do not have to use it, but it contains:

  • a gaps analysis template
  • evaluative questions
  • possible evidence examples
  • a self-review report template.

These will help providers:

  • navigate the self-review process
  • cover all areas of the interim domestic Code
  • 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 domestic tertiary 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 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 education providers submit the self-review attestation via online forms accessible through weblinks provided in email by NZQA.

Further information

For further information contact (for all education organisations).

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