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Shaping a stronger education system with New Zealanders
The Government has released its vision for the future of education:
Whakamaua te pae tata kia tina – take hold of your potential so it becomes your reality
We are descendants of explorers, discoverers and innovators who used their knowledge to traverse distant horizons. Our learning will be inclusive, equitable and connected so we progress and achieve advances for our people and their future journeys and encounters.
Whaia te pae tawhiti kia tata – Explore beyond the distant horizon and draw it near
This vision reflects the aspirations of New Zealanders, as expressed in the Kōrero, for a more inclusive, equitable, and connected learning system.
To reflect these aspirations, we have come up with five objectives and a series of 10 Year Actions. Both are designed to shape a stronger education system.
You can read more about these objectives, and the actions to achieve them here:
Shaping a stronger education system with New Zealanders [PDF 952KB]
Consulting on our educators future priorities
To help us all achieve our vision, and the objectives we have set for the future of education, we are now consulting on the draft priorities that all education providers will share.
These priorities are in the draft Statement of National Education and Learning Priorities [NELP] and the draft Tertiary Education Strategy [TES]. The NELP sets the priorities for early learning, kohanga, schools and kura. Tertiary Education Organisations must show how they will contribute to achieving the priorities set out in the TES through their investment plans.
The full NELP and TES discussion documents, our survey response forms, and the place to send your submissions, is here:
Consultation on the draft TES concludes on 25 October 2019. Consultation on the draft NELP closes on 25 November.
Reform of Vocational Education
The Minister of Education, Chris Hipkins, has announced the Government’s decisions aimed at creating a strong, unified, sustainable system for all vocational education that is fit for the future of work and delivers the skills that learners, employers and communities need to thrive.
The new system will have a stronger focus on employers, delivering the skills they need, providing more support for their employees, and ensuring greater consistency in vocational education across the country. Longer term, this will increase the number of employers who are engaged in vocational education.
Learners will receive more support while they are training, and vocational education that is more relevant to work. They will be able to move more easily between regions and between on-the-job and off-the-job, and will be able to continue training more easily if their employment situation changes.
For full details of the changes, including information sheets for specific learner, school and employer audiences, and FAQs visit:
The Reform of Vocational Education Conversation
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 2018. Consultation closed on 7 April 2019 and a report is due to the Minister 28 June 2019.
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