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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
National Education and Learning Priorities (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.

A series of regional fono were held with Pacific families, communities, and specific Pacific focus groups e.g. disability groups and youth.

National Education and Learning Priorities (NELP)

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.

Consultation on the draft NELP closed 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.

Consultation on the TES closed 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.                

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 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.

Consultation on the draft Strategic Plan closed on 15 March 2019.

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.

 

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.

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

More information – Our Schooling Futures, Stronger Together l Whiria Ngā Kura Tūātinitini

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 was released to ensure we have environmentally sustainable schools, kura and classrooms when and where they are needed.  We engaged with the community through regular regional property forums and focused regional events, and final decisions about the reform of school property will follow Government’s response to the Tomorrow’s School’s Review. 

Find out more – National Education Growth Plan

Tomorrow's Schools Review

NCEA Review

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.

Public consultation ended on 19 October 2018. No changes to NCEA will be implemented in 2020. The final NCEA change package, and details of how we will support New Zealand as the changes are implemented will be agreed by Cabinet by the end of February 2020. Final details and timings for the implementation of the changes are subject to Budget 2020 decisions. Following these decisions, a detailed implementation plan will be released.

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.

In August 2019 the Vocational Education Reform Bill was introduced in Parliament. The Bill supports the creation of a unified and cohesive vocational education and training system to help New Zealanders prepare for the future of work, with industry, industry training organisations, business, institutes of technology and polytechnics working together.

On-going engagement

Your feedback during the consultation process helped shape what will be a defining piece of legislation when it becomes law in April 2020.

Engagement with the vocational education sector, including institutes of technology and polytechnics, industry and employers, learners and Māori, is not over.

The new Institute created in the legislation will need to work closely with people across vocational education over the next few years including developing meaningful partnerships with industry, including Māori and Pacific employers, and with communities including hapū, iwi and Pacific.

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

Te Kawa Matakura is a wānanga-based programme for 17-25 year olds who are proficient in te reo Māori, and who show a strong desire to learn more traditional bodies of Māori knowledge and tikanga.

Te Ahu o te Reo Māori means the future pathway of te reo Māori – a pathway that seeks to inspire and aspire for improved te reo Māori proficiency, acquisition and use across the education sector.

These kaupapa were designed in consultation with exponents of mātauranga Māori in July 2018 to identify and recommend the critical success factors for both initiatives.

Ta Ahu o Te Reo Māori was launched in December 2019, and Te Kawa Matakura will launch in February 2020.

Find out more – Te Ahu o Te Reo Māori

Advisory and reference groups

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

Review of home-based early childhood education

The review of Home-based ECE is about ensuring that government funding and regulation of home‐based ECE supports good outcomes for children.

Government decisions on changes to home-based early childhood education were announced on 20 February 2019. Information about the consultation and the changes are available on the Review of Home-based Early Childhood Education page.

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.

Consultation closed on 31 October 2018, but there will be more opportunities for collaboration and feedback as the plan is implemented.

Curriculum, Progress and Achievement

In many schools and kura across Aotearoa New Zealand, students are experiencing rich and engaging learning that supports them to take part and contribute fully as confident and competent citizens. We want this to happen everywhere, for all young people and their whānau.

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.

Advisory and Reference Groups

Curriculum Progress and Achievement Ministerial Advisory Group
Curriculum Progress and Achievement Reference Group

Careers Action Plan

The Careers Action Plan is about developing and implementing a set of actions to improve the quality and effectiveness of school‐based careers systems, with links to the new Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) Career Systems Strategy.

How can I get involved?

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

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.

The Ministry and partner agencies are in regular contact with stakeholders 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 Fees Free website.

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.  

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.

A series of regional fono were held with Pacific families, communities, and specific Pacific focus groups e.g. disability groups and youth.

National Education and Learning Priorities (NELP)
National Education and Learning Priorities (NELP)

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.

Consultation on the draft NELP closed 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.

Consultation on the TES closed 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.                

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 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.

Consultation on the draft Strategic Plan closed on 15 March 2019.

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.

 

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.

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

More information – Our Schooling Futures, Stronger Together l Whiria Ngā Kura Tūātinitini

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 was released to ensure we have environmentally sustainable schools, kura and classrooms when and where they are needed.  We engaged with the community through regular regional property forums and focused regional events, and final decisions about the reform of school property will follow Government’s response to the Tomorrow’s School’s Review. 

Find out more – National Education Growth Plan

Tomorrow's Schools Review

NCEA Review
NCEA Review

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.

Public consultation ended on 19 October 2018. No changes to NCEA will be implemented in 2020. The final NCEA change package, and details of how we will support New Zealand as the changes are implemented will be agreed by Cabinet by the end of February 2020. Final details and timings for the implementation of the changes are subject to Budget 2020 decisions. Following these decisions, a detailed implementation plan will be released.

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.

In August 2019 the Vocational Education Reform Bill was introduced in Parliament. The Bill supports the creation of a unified and cohesive vocational education and training system to help New Zealanders prepare for the future of work, with industry, industry training organisations, business, institutes of technology and polytechnics working together.

On-going engagement

Your feedback during the consultation process helped shape what will be a defining piece of legislation when it becomes law in April 2020.

Engagement with the vocational education sector, including institutes of technology and polytechnics, industry and employers, learners and Māori, is not over.

The new Institute created in the legislation will need to work closely with people across vocational education over the next few years including developing meaningful partnerships with industry, including Māori and Pacific employers, and with communities including hapū, iwi and Pacific.

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 Matakura and Te Ahu o Te Reo Māori
Te Kawa Matakura and Te Ahu o Te Reo Māori

Te Kawa Matakura is a wānanga-based programme for 17-25 year olds who are proficient in te reo Māori, and who show a strong desire to learn more traditional bodies of Māori knowledge and tikanga.

Te Ahu o te Reo Māori means the future pathway of te reo Māori – a pathway that seeks to inspire and aspire for improved te reo Māori proficiency, acquisition and use across the education sector.

These kaupapa were designed in consultation with exponents of mātauranga Māori in July 2018 to identify and recommend the critical success factors for both initiatives.

Ta Ahu o Te Reo Māori was launched in December 2019, and Te Kawa Matakura will launch in February 2020.

Find out more – Te Ahu o Te Reo Māori

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

The review of Home-based ECE is about ensuring that government funding and regulation of home‐based ECE supports good outcomes for children.

Government decisions on changes to home-based early childhood education were announced on 20 February 2019. Information about the consultation and the changes are available on the Review of Home-based Early Childhood Education page.

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.

Consultation closed on 31 October 2018, but there will be more opportunities for collaboration and feedback as the plan is implemented.

Curriculum, Progress and Achievement
Curriculum, Progress and Achievement

In many schools and kura across Aotearoa New Zealand, students are experiencing rich and engaging learning that supports them to take part and contribute fully as confident and competent citizens. We want this to happen everywhere, for all young people and their whānau.

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.

Advisory and Reference Groups

Curriculum Progress and Achievement Ministerial Advisory Group
Curriculum Progress and Achievement Reference Group

Careers Action Plan
Careers Action Plan

The Careers Action Plan is about developing and implementing a set of actions to improve the quality and effectiveness of school‐based careers systems, with links to the new Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) Career Systems Strategy.

How can I get involved?

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

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.

The Ministry and partner agencies are in regular contact with stakeholders 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 Fees Free website.

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.  

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