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Welcome to the hub for the Education Conversation | Kōrero Mātauranga.

We've asked all of you – children, young people, parents, teachers, employers, iwi, families and whānau – to join a conversation about building not just a better education system, but the world’s best.

The main survey has now closed but we're still looking for your input on a range of initatives which you can find below.

We'll be publishing more findings from the Education Conversation - Kōrero Mātauranga consultation shortly, please check back to find out what you told us.

The Education Summits - What you told us 

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What’s happening now?

Reform of Vocational Education

The consultation for the Reform of Vocational Education has now closed. Thank you to everyone who took the time to attend an event or meeting, complete the online survey or send in a submission. In total we received over 1,500 submissions. We attended almost 200 events and meetings all across New Zealand, listening to your feedback and thoughts on the proposals and getting a clearer picture of what you hold dear in relation to the vocational education system.

All submissions are being carefully considered and final recommendations are being developed. These will be presented to Cabinet for decision by mid – 2019, after which an announcement is likely to be made. Exact dates are still to be confirmed. Once all feedback has been considered by Government, a summary document will be made available to the general public. 

Tomorrow’s Schools

Our Schooling Futures, Stronger Together l Whiria Ngā Kura Tūātinitini, the report of the Independent Taskforce on Tomorrow’s Schools, was released on 7 December. Submissions, open till 7 April, or any queries, can be emailed to tomorrows.schools@education.govt.nz

Taskforce-led regional hui on the report will take place in February/March 2019. More information will be available in early 2019.

The NCEA Review

Over 16,000 people engaged directly in the NCEA Review, and over a quarter of these responses were from young people. We are really pleased with this level of participation.

At NCEA Review: Findings from the public engagement on the future of NCEA  you can read what they told us.

Now, the Ministry is working with our Ministerial and Professional Advisory Groups to bring together what we’ve heard, to further test ideas for change, and to look at what a high-performing assessment system should look like in a New Zealand context

The Education Work Programme

Find out more about the Education Work Programme, what it’s made up of and how you get involved. 



Our current topic areas are shown below. Choose a conversation to learn about what’s happening where and when around the country, read discussion documents and to have your say in our surveys and in formal submissions.

What else?

Check out what's been happening in the regional workshops, hui and fono across New Zealand in our Out and About section

You can have your own conversations with friends or your community, school or workplace and send your feedback to us, check out the three tools to help you – in English and Te Reo Maori. 

Access documents and information about the various parts of the Government’s Education Work Programme, including the NCEA review and the review of Tomorrow’s Schools, and make sure your views are heard.

Please come back to the site every week or so to see what’s new.

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