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The Government has set out an ambitious work programme for the education portfolio. An enduring long term vision for education in Aotearoa New Zealand is at the core of the work programme and will feed in to all parts of the work to meet the needs of all learners, no matter who they are, or where they come from.

The work programme is made up of:

  • big reviews of parts of the system,
  • medium term strategies to map out priorities and actions over the next three or more years, and
  • some key initiatives for things to get underway now.

Find out how you can get involved and what advisory and reference groups are involved in the Education Work Programme by checking out the interactive wheel below.

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Pacific Education
NELP
Tertiary Education Strategy
International Education Strategy
Māori Education
Early Learning Strategy
Education Workforce Strategy
Pacific Education

Developing a long-term approach to equitable outcomes for Pacific children and young people in the education system and embed it across all developing strategies and reviews.

How can I get involved?

A series of regional fono have been held with Pacific families and communities and specific Pacific focus groups e.g. disability groups and youth. You can see what these families and communities told us here

 

National Education and Learning Priorities

The Statement of National Education and Learning Priorities (NELP) is a set of priorities for early childhood and compulsory education.  The priorities will inform the strategic planning of early learning services and schools.

How can I get involved?

We welcome your views on the draft Statement of National Education and Learning Priorities.  Consultation on the draft NELP closes on 25 November 2019.   

Tertiary Education Strategy

The Tertiary Education Strategy (TES) sets out the Government’s short, medium and long terms priorities for the tertiary education system.  Tertiary Education Organisations must show how they will contribute to achieving the priorities set out in the TES through their investment plans.

How can I get involved?

We welcome your views on the draft Tertiary Education Strategy.  Consultation closes on 25 October 2019.   

International Education Strategy

The New Zealand International Education Strategy 2018-2030 was released in August 2018 and sets a vision and actions for international education to contribute to a thriving and globally connected New Zealand through world‐class education.                   

How can I get involved? 

The International Education Strategy was developed in consultation with international education stakeholders including education providers, international and domestic students, peak bodies and community groups. Our thanks to all those who contributed to the strategy.

Advisory and Reference Groups

International Education Stakeholder Group.

Ka Hikitia and Tau Mai Te Reo

We are refreshing Ka Hikitia and Tau Mai Te Reo to provide an enduring strategic framework for Māori Education (including Māori Language in Education). We will develop annual implementation plans to give practical effect to the overall strategy.

In 2018, we started a conversation with Māori whānau and communities about what matters most in the education of Māori learners through a series of wānanga. Over 2000 learners, whānau and educators came along and discussed a wide range of issues and opportunities for Māori education. Thank you for your input. The information we gathered will be used to inform our refresh of Ka Hikitia and Tau Mai Te Reo and the overall Education Work Programme.

How can I get involved?

We want to continue this conversation and hear your thoughts and ideas about Māori education. Watch this space for more information about our future engagements on Ka Hikitia and Tau Mai Te Reo planned for early 2020.

Advisory and Reference Groups

Te Kotahitanga Co‐Design Group.

Early Learning Strategy

Providing a shared vision and a plan for an early learning sector that gives all children genuine opportunities for high quality early learning and development that supports their identity, language and culture and enables them to learn and thrive.

How can I get involved

Consultation on the draft Strategic Plan closed on 15 March 2019 – find out more on the Early Learning Strategy page. 

Advisory and Reference Groups

  • Early Learning Ministerial Advisory Group
  • Early Learning Reference Group
Education Workforce Strategy

This strategy will identify the mix of professionals, paraprofessionals, executive, administrative, and technology support for early learning through to the end of secondary schooling. The Governance Group co-designing the Education Workforce Strategy has agreed a shared vision statement outlining how Aotearoa/New Zealand will have a strong, culturally competent, education workforce by 2032 that drives a world leading, learner-focused education system for the benefit of all learners.

How can I get involved?

The main survey has now closed but we're still looking for your input on a range of initiatives. Visit the Kōrero Mātauranga | the Education Conversation homepage to have your say.

Tomorrow's Schools Review
Reform of School Property
NCEA Review
Reform of Vocational Education
Tomorrow's Schools Review

Reviewing the way the governance, administration and management of our schooling system works, and whether it meets the needs and aspirations of all learners.

How can I get involved?

The Government’s response to the Independent Taskforce’s Report Our Schooling Futures, Stronger Together l Whiria Ngā Kura Tūātinitini will be announced before the end of 2019.

Advisory and Reference Groups

  • Tomorrow's Schools Review Independent Taskforce
  • Tomorrow's Schools Review Cross-Sector Advisroy Panel
Reform of School Property

A National Education Growth Plan to ensure we have environmentally sustainable schools, kura and classrooms when and where they are needed.  Final decisions about the reform of school property will follow Government’s response to the Tomorrow’s School’s Review. 

Find out more about the National Education Growth Plan

How can I get involved?

Engagement has happened through regular regional property forums and focused regional events. 

Public engagement on the future of NCEA

Exploring options and ideas on how NCEA, the key‐stone qualification for secondary school leavers, can be strengthened to meet the needs of 21st century learners.

How can I get involved?

Public consultation concluded on 19 October 2018. We are now working to bring together what we've heard and begun testing some of the ideas. Detailed proposals for change will be developed during 2019. You can find information and resources on the NCEA Review page.

Advisory and Reference Groups

  • NCEA Review Professional Advisory Group
  • NCEA Review Ministerial Advisory Group
  • NCEA Review Reference Group
Reform of Vocational Education

Ensuring we create a strong, unified vocational education system that is sustainable and fit for the future of work, delivering what learners, employers and communities need to be successful.

The Reform of Vocational Education brings together the original Review of the Vocational Education and Training (VET) system and the Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics (ITP) Roadmap 2020 project, led by the Tertiary Education Commission, which is looking at ways to secure a sustainable future for New Zealand’s institutes of technology and polytechnics (ITPs).

On-going engagement

During the February-April 2019 consultation, we received 2,904 submissions, and met more than 5,000 people in approximately 190 events, meetings and forums. Ninety-nine of these meetings were organised with the 16 institutes of technology and polytechnics; 35 meetings were held specifically for staff and management at the 11 ITOs; 14 hui were held for dedicated engagement with Māori communities and four fono were arranged for Pacific communities. An additional 42 other meetings were held, which included iwi and Māori organisations, wānanga, multiple stakeholders, and general public forums.

Engagement with the vocational education sector, including institutes of technology and polytechnics, industry and employers, learners and Māori, is not over. The new Institute will need to work closely with people across vocational education over the next few years to fundamentally change how learning and support is delivered through all modes of delivery – on-the-job, off-the-job and online.

Advisory and Reference Groups

Tertiary Consultative Group.

Te Kawa Mata Kura / Te Ahu o Te Reo
Review of Home-based ECE
Learning Support Action Plan
Curriculum, Progress and Achievement
Careers Action Plan
Ongoing Tertiary Fees Free
Supporting Research
Te Kawa Mata Kura / Te Ahu o Te Reo

Te Kawa Matakura ‐ developing an extension programme based on Mātauranga Māori for rangatahi as future leaders.

Te Ahu o Te Reo Māori ‐ developing a workforce that has the capability to use Māori language confidently and correctly, everyday and in learning programmes.

How can I get involved?

Engagement with exponents of mātauranga Māori happened at a Hui in Wellington on 23 July 2018. This took the form of a Think Tank to identify and recommend the critical success factors for both initiatives.

Advisory and reference groups

Te Kawa Matakura and Te Ahu o te Reo Māori Reference Group.

Review of home-based early childhood education

Ensuring that government funding and regulation of home‐ based ECE supports good outcomes for children.

Public engagement on proposed changes closed on 30 September 2018 and the Government’s decisions were announced on 20 February 2019.  More information can be found under the Review of Home-based Early Childhood Education.

 

Learning Support Action Plan

The Learning Support Action Plan 2019-2025 sets out priority actions that will make the most difference, to ensure that children and young people get the right support at the right time.

Curriculum, Progress and Achievement

The Curriculum, Progress and Achievement Ministerial Advisory Group has provided its final advice to the Minister. The Ministry will be working collaboratively with Māori, Pacific, teachers and leaders, students and their whānau over the coming months on four initial changes in response to the advice.

Find out more on the Curriculum, Progress and Achievement page.

Advisory and Reference Groups

Careers Action Plan

Developing and implementing a set of actions to improve the quality and effectiveness of school‐based careers systems, with links to the new TEC Career Systems Strategy.

How can I get involved?

We will engage with our partners and stakeholders on the Careers Action Plan proposals in late 2019. 

Ongoing Tertiary Fees Free

The Ministry of Education is developing a long‐term approach to the Fees Free policy for tertiary education and training in partnership with the Tertiary Education Commission, the Ministry of Social Development/StudyLink, Inland Revenue and NZQA.

How can I get involved?

The Ministry and partner agencies are in regular contact with stakeholders in the sector and learners to continue to improve the Fees Free policy and how it is delivered. Up-to-date information about the Fees Free programme and eligibility is available through the dedicated website – http://www.feesfree.govt.nz/

Supporting Research

Acknowledging and recognising Mātauranga Māori and supporting wānanga to develop their capacity and capability to realise their research ambitions.  Ensuring the benefits of research are maximised and shared across learners, businesses, communities and New Zealand as a whole.  

How can I get involved?

Submissions on the review closed on 10 October 2019. After Government has considered the panel’s report, public consultation will be undertaken early in 2020 on any proposals for reform.

Advisory and Reference Groups

  • Universities
  • Wānanga
  • ITPs
  • PTEs
  • Students
  • Employers
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Pacific Education
Pacific Education

Developing a long-term approach to equitable outcomes for Pacific children and young people in the education system and embed it across all developing strategies and reviews.

How can I get involved?

A series of regional fono have been held with Pacific families and communities and specific Pacific focus groups e.g. disability groups and youth. You can see what these families and communities told us here

 

NELP
National Education and Learning Priorities

The Statement of National Education and Learning Priorities (NELP) is a set of priorities for early childhood and compulsory education.  The priorities will inform the strategic planning of early learning services and schools.

How can I get involved?

We welcome your views on the draft Statement of National Education and Learning Priorities.  Consultation on the draft NELP closes on 25 November 2019.   

Tertiary Education Strategy
Tertiary Education Strategy

The Tertiary Education Strategy (TES) sets out the Government’s short, medium and long terms priorities for the tertiary education system.  Tertiary Education Organisations must show how they will contribute to achieving the priorities set out in the TES through their investment plans.

How can I get involved?

We welcome your views on the draft Tertiary Education Strategy.  Consultation closes on 25 October 2019.   

International Education Strategy
International Education Strategy

The New Zealand International Education Strategy 2018-2030 was released in August 2018 and sets a vision and actions for international education to contribute to a thriving and globally connected New Zealand through world‐class education.                   

How can I get involved? 

The International Education Strategy was developed in consultation with international education stakeholders including education providers, international and domestic students, peak bodies and community groups. Our thanks to all those who contributed to the strategy.

Advisory and Reference Groups

International Education Stakeholder Group.

Māori Education
Ka Hikitia and Tau Mai Te Reo

We are refreshing Ka Hikitia and Tau Mai Te Reo to provide an enduring strategic framework for Māori Education (including Māori Language in Education). We will develop annual implementation plans to give practical effect to the overall strategy.

In 2018, we started a conversation with Māori whānau and communities about what matters most in the education of Māori learners through a series of wānanga. Over 2000 learners, whānau and educators came along and discussed a wide range of issues and opportunities for Māori education. Thank you for your input. The information we gathered will be used to inform our refresh of Ka Hikitia and Tau Mai Te Reo and the overall Education Work Programme.

How can I get involved?

We want to continue this conversation and hear your thoughts and ideas about Māori education. Watch this space for more information about our future engagements on Ka Hikitia and Tau Mai Te Reo planned for early 2020.

Advisory and Reference Groups

Te Kotahitanga Co‐Design Group.

Early Learning Strategy
Early Learning Strategy

Providing a shared vision and a plan for an early learning sector that gives all children genuine opportunities for high quality early learning and development that supports their identity, language and culture and enables them to learn and thrive.

How can I get involved

Consultation on the draft Strategic Plan closed on 15 March 2019 – find out more on the Early Learning Strategy page. 

Advisory and Reference Groups

  • Early Learning Ministerial Advisory Group
  • Early Learning Reference Group
Education Workforce Strategy
Education Workforce Strategy

This strategy will identify the mix of professionals, paraprofessionals, executive, administrative, and technology support for early learning through to the end of secondary schooling. The Governance Group co-designing the Education Workforce Strategy has agreed a shared vision statement outlining how Aotearoa/New Zealand will have a strong, culturally competent, education workforce by 2032 that drives a world leading, learner-focused education system for the benefit of all learners.

How can I get involved?

The main survey has now closed but we're still looking for your input on a range of initiatives. Visit the Kōrero Mātauranga | the Education Conversation homepage to have your say.

Tomorrow's Schools Review
Tomorrow's Schools Review

Reviewing the way the governance, administration and management of our schooling system works, and whether it meets the needs and aspirations of all learners.

How can I get involved?

The Government’s response to the Independent Taskforce’s Report Our Schooling Futures, Stronger Together l Whiria Ngā Kura Tūātinitini will be announced before the end of 2019.

Advisory and Reference Groups

  • Tomorrow's Schools Review Independent Taskforce
  • Tomorrow's Schools Review Cross-Sector Advisroy Panel
Reform of School Property
Reform of School Property

A National Education Growth Plan to ensure we have environmentally sustainable schools, kura and classrooms when and where they are needed.  Final decisions about the reform of school property will follow Government’s response to the Tomorrow’s School’s Review. 

Find out more about the National Education Growth Plan

How can I get involved?

Engagement has happened through regular regional property forums and focused regional events. 

NCEA Review
Public engagement on the future of NCEA

Exploring options and ideas on how NCEA, the key‐stone qualification for secondary school leavers, can be strengthened to meet the needs of 21st century learners.

How can I get involved?

Public consultation concluded on 19 October 2018. We are now working to bring together what we've heard and begun testing some of the ideas. Detailed proposals for change will be developed during 2019. You can find information and resources on the NCEA Review page.

Advisory and Reference Groups

  • NCEA Review Professional Advisory Group
  • NCEA Review Ministerial Advisory Group
  • NCEA Review Reference Group
Reform of Vocational Education
Reform of Vocational Education

Ensuring we create a strong, unified vocational education system that is sustainable and fit for the future of work, delivering what learners, employers and communities need to be successful.

The Reform of Vocational Education brings together the original Review of the Vocational Education and Training (VET) system and the Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics (ITP) Roadmap 2020 project, led by the Tertiary Education Commission, which is looking at ways to secure a sustainable future for New Zealand’s institutes of technology and polytechnics (ITPs).

On-going engagement

During the February-April 2019 consultation, we received 2,904 submissions, and met more than 5,000 people in approximately 190 events, meetings and forums. Ninety-nine of these meetings were organised with the 16 institutes of technology and polytechnics; 35 meetings were held specifically for staff and management at the 11 ITOs; 14 hui were held for dedicated engagement with Māori communities and four fono were arranged for Pacific communities. An additional 42 other meetings were held, which included iwi and Māori organisations, wānanga, multiple stakeholders, and general public forums.

Engagement with the vocational education sector, including institutes of technology and polytechnics, industry and employers, learners and Māori, is not over. The new Institute will need to work closely with people across vocational education over the next few years to fundamentally change how learning and support is delivered through all modes of delivery – on-the-job, off-the-job and online.

Advisory and Reference Groups

Tertiary Consultative Group.

Te Kawa Mata Kura / Te Ahu o Te Reo
Te Kawa Mata Kura / Te Ahu o Te Reo

Te Kawa Matakura ‐ developing an extension programme based on Mātauranga Māori for rangatahi as future leaders.

Te Ahu o Te Reo Māori ‐ developing a workforce that has the capability to use Māori language confidently and correctly, everyday and in learning programmes.

How can I get involved?

Engagement with exponents of mātauranga Māori happened at a Hui in Wellington on 23 July 2018. This took the form of a Think Tank to identify and recommend the critical success factors for both initiatives.

Advisory and reference groups

Te Kawa Matakura and Te Ahu o te Reo Māori Reference Group.

Review of Home-based ECE
Review of home-based early childhood education

Ensuring that government funding and regulation of home‐ based ECE supports good outcomes for children.

Public engagement on proposed changes closed on 30 September 2018 and the Government’s decisions were announced on 20 February 2019.  More information can be found under the Review of Home-based Early Childhood Education.

 

Learning Support Action Plan
Learning Support Action Plan

The Learning Support Action Plan 2019-2025 sets out priority actions that will make the most difference, to ensure that children and young people get the right support at the right time.

Curriculum, Progress and Achievement
Curriculum, Progress and Achievement

The Curriculum, Progress and Achievement Ministerial Advisory Group has provided its final advice to the Minister. The Ministry will be working collaboratively with Māori, Pacific, teachers and leaders, students and their whānau over the coming months on four initial changes in response to the advice.

Find out more on the Curriculum, Progress and Achievement page.

Advisory and Reference Groups

Careers Action Plan
Careers Action Plan

Developing and implementing a set of actions to improve the quality and effectiveness of school‐based careers systems, with links to the new TEC Career Systems Strategy.

How can I get involved?

We will engage with our partners and stakeholders on the Careers Action Plan proposals in late 2019. 

Ongoing Tertiary Fees Free
Ongoing Tertiary Fees Free

The Ministry of Education is developing a long‐term approach to the Fees Free policy for tertiary education and training in partnership with the Tertiary Education Commission, the Ministry of Social Development/StudyLink, Inland Revenue and NZQA.

How can I get involved?

The Ministry and partner agencies are in regular contact with stakeholders in the sector and learners to continue to improve the Fees Free policy and how it is delivered. Up-to-date information about the Fees Free programme and eligibility is available through the dedicated website – http://www.feesfree.govt.nz/

Supporting Research
Supporting Research

Acknowledging and recognising Mātauranga Māori and supporting wānanga to develop their capacity and capability to realise their research ambitions.  Ensuring the benefits of research are maximised and shared across learners, businesses, communities and New Zealand as a whole.  

How can I get involved?

Submissions on the review closed on 10 October 2019. After Government has considered the panel’s report, public consultation will be undertaken early in 2020 on any proposals for reform.

Advisory and Reference Groups

  • Universities
  • Wānanga
  • ITPs
  • PTEs
  • Students
  • Employers