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Consultation on the draft Rules and Guidelines on the use of physical restraint at registered schools and kura in New Zealand 

The Ministry of Education, supported by the Physical Restraint Advisory Group (PRAG), is consulting on updating the rules and guidelines following changes to the law around the use of physical restraint in the Education and Training Act 2020.

The purpose of the consultation is to make sure that the new rules and guidelines are workable and sustainable, uphold the rights of children, whānau and school staff, provide clarity and support as to when and how physical restraint can be used, and prevent the use of physical restraint except as a last resort to prevent imminent harm.

More information on the consultation

Education Research Evaluation and Development Strategy

We’d like to invite you to contribute to a shared approach to changing education research and evaluation to empower all learners throughout Aotearoa. By having a shared vision and combining our understandings, our aim is to help education research and evaluation work better to improve outcomes for everyone, including ākonga, teachers, principals, researchers, families, whānau and communities.

Education Research Evaluation and Development Strategy Consultation

Highest Needs Review

The Ministry of Education is reviewing supports for children and young people with the highest level of learning support need.

The vision for the Highest Needs Review is that children and young people with the highest learning support needs get the right support, at the right time, for as long as they need it.

More information on Highest Needs Review

Enabling electronic school board elections

In November 2021, the Government agreed that schools will have the option of running their board elections electronically from the September 2022 elections onwards. This decision was made after public support for the change in an April-June 2021 consultation.

To enable electronic school board elections, we need to change the Education (Board Election) Regulations 2000. 

The consultation period ended on 18 March 2022.

More information on enabling electronic school board elections


The Education Work Programme 2021

In March 2021 the Cabinet agreed to the contents of the Education Work Programme (EWP) 2021 for this term of Government. The Education Work Programme 2021 has a strong focus on implementation and delivery. Click below to see the main priority components of the EWP 2021, for this term of the current Government.

About the Education Work Programme – Ministry of Education

Action Plan for Pacific Education

Through the fono series of 2018 and 2019, Pacific learners, families, teachers, leaders and communities shared what matters to them in education: an education system that is free from racism; that values Pacific children, young people and families as leaders of learning; and supports them to feel safe, valued and equipped to achieve their education aspirations.

About the Action Plan for Pacific Education

Action Plan for Pacific Education – video transcript