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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.

Medium Term Strategies Big Reviews Key Initiatives
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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

Developing a Statement of National Education and Learning Priorities for early childhood and compulsory education, to inform strategic planning by schools and early learning services.

How can I get involved?

As part of the Education Conversation | Kōrero Mātauranga, the Ministry of Education Government will be consulting with the education sector and the public on a draft NELP in mid-2019. This consultation will last around 16 weeks.

Tertiary Education Strategy

Developing a strategy that sets out the Government’s current and medium-term priorities for tertiary education and training.

How can I get involved?

We will be consulting on the draft tertiary education strategy in early 2019. Keep visiting the Kōrero Mātauranga homepage for updates on consultations and venues.

International Education Strategy

Setting the strategic direction for international education so it delivers excellence for students and long-term value for New Zealand.

How can I get involved?

The New Zealand International Education Strategy 2018 ‐ 30 was launched on 10 August 2018. It sets a vision as well as actions for international education to contribute to a thriving and globally connected New Zealand through world‐class education. You can find more information on the Education New Zealand site 

Advisory and Reference Groups

  • International Education Stakeholder Group
Tau Mai Te Reo

Developing a long‐term approach to equitable outcomes for Māori children and young people in the education system and embedding it across all developing strategies and reviews. It includes using a refreshed Ka Hikitia as an enduring strategic framework with an annual implementation plan and a co‐constructed approach building off Te Kotahitanga to address cultural bias in schools to support equity and accelerate Māori educational achievement.

How can I get involved?

A series of wānanga were held throughout Aotearoa during 2018 to find out what's important to Māori in education. This information will be used to refresh and update Tau Mai Te Reo during 2019.

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

The draft Strategic Plan is available for you to have your say until 15 March 2019. You can attend one of the hui or complete the online survey – 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

Developing a future‐focused, learner‐centred Education Workforce Strategy that will lead to the development of the education workforce that New Zealand needs.

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 Independat Taskforce's Report Our Schooling Futures, Stronger Together l Whiria Ngā Kura Tūātinitini has been released for public consultation. Consultation closes on 7 April. Submissions or queries can be emailed to tomorrows.schools@education.govt.nz.

Advisory and Reference Groups

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

Identifying ways to reform how school property is organised and developing a long‐term plan to ensure that all students and teachers can learn and work in quality environments that support their success.

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).

How can I get involved?

The Government is currently considering input from sector stakeholders and expects to consult publicly on the next stages of the Reform of Vocational Education work early in 2019.

Advisory and Reference Groups

Tertiary Consultative Group.

Te Kawa Mata Kura / Te Ahu o Te Reo
Review of Home-based ECE
Disability & 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.

How can I get involved

Public engagement on the proposed changes closed on 30 September 2018. The discussion document can be found under the Review of Home-based Early Childhood Education.

 

Disability & Learning Support Action Plan

The draft Disability and Learning Support Action Plan aims to help build an inclusive education system where children and young people with additional learning needs, including disabilities, can take part in education, and where their achievements and wellbeing are valued.  

How can I get involved?

Consultation on the draft Disability and Learning Support Action Plan is now closed. Thank you to everyone who contributed. More information is available here.

 

Curriculum, Progress and Achievement

Strengthening the approach to understanding progress across the schooling curricula.

How can I get involved

The Curriculum, Progress and Achievement Ministerial Advisory Group has developed nine emerging ideas for a system that learns. Feedback on the emerging ideas has now closed. A summary of this feedback will be published in term 1 2019.

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?

The main survey has now closed but we're planning on consulting with the public early in 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 in supporting wānanga to develop their capacity and capability so they can realise their research ambitions. Reviewing the Performance‐Based Research Fund in 2019 following on from the upcoming Quality Evaluation to ensure that the benefits of research are maximised and shared across New Zealand.

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.

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

Developing a Statement of National Education and Learning Priorities for early childhood and compulsory education, to inform strategic planning by schools and early learning services.

How can I get involved?

As part of the Education Conversation | Kōrero Mātauranga, the Ministry of Education Government will be consulting with the education sector and the public on a draft NELP in mid-2019. This consultation will last around 16 weeks.

Tertiary Education Strategy
Tertiary Education Strategy

Developing a strategy that sets out the Government’s current and medium-term priorities for tertiary education and training.

How can I get involved?

We will be consulting on the draft tertiary education strategy in early 2019. Keep visiting the Kōrero Mātauranga homepage for updates on consultations and venues.

International Education Strategy
International Education Strategy

Setting the strategic direction for international education so it delivers excellence for students and long-term value for New Zealand.

How can I get involved?

The New Zealand International Education Strategy 2018 ‐ 30 was launched on 10 August 2018. It sets a vision as well as actions for international education to contribute to a thriving and globally connected New Zealand through world‐class education. You can find more information on the Education New Zealand site 

Advisory and Reference Groups

  • International Education Stakeholder Group
Māori Education
Tau Mai Te Reo

Developing a long‐term approach to equitable outcomes for Māori children and young people in the education system and embedding it across all developing strategies and reviews. It includes using a refreshed Ka Hikitia as an enduring strategic framework with an annual implementation plan and a co‐constructed approach building off Te Kotahitanga to address cultural bias in schools to support equity and accelerate Māori educational achievement.

How can I get involved?

A series of wānanga were held throughout Aotearoa during 2018 to find out what's important to Māori in education. This information will be used to refresh and update Tau Mai Te Reo during 2019.

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

The draft Strategic Plan is available for you to have your say until 15 March 2019. You can attend one of the hui or complete the online survey – 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

Developing a future‐focused, learner‐centred Education Workforce Strategy that will lead to the development of the education workforce that New Zealand needs.

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 Independat Taskforce's Report Our Schooling Futures, Stronger Together l Whiria Ngā Kura Tūātinitini has been released for public consultation. Consultation closes on 7 April. Submissions or queries can be emailed to tomorrows.schools@education.govt.nz.

Advisory and Reference Groups

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

Identifying ways to reform how school property is organised and developing a long‐term plan to ensure that all students and teachers can learn and work in quality environments that support their success.

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).

How can I get involved?

The Government is currently considering input from sector stakeholders and expects to consult publicly on the next stages of the Reform of Vocational Education work early in 2019.

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.

How can I get involved

Public engagement on the proposed changes closed on 30 September 2018. The discussion document can be found under the Review of Home-based Early Childhood Education.

 

Disability & Learning Support Action Plan
Disability & Learning Support Action Plan

The draft Disability and Learning Support Action Plan aims to help build an inclusive education system where children and young people with additional learning needs, including disabilities, can take part in education, and where their achievements and wellbeing are valued.  

How can I get involved?

Consultation on the draft Disability and Learning Support Action Plan is now closed. Thank you to everyone who contributed. More information is available here.

 

Curriculum, Progress and Achievement
Curriculum, Progress and Achievement

Strengthening the approach to understanding progress across the schooling curricula.

How can I get involved

The Curriculum, Progress and Achievement Ministerial Advisory Group has developed nine emerging ideas for a system that learns. Feedback on the emerging ideas has now closed. A summary of this feedback will be published in term 1 2019.

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?

The main survey has now closed but we're planning on consulting with the public early in 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 in supporting wānanga to develop their capacity and capability so they can realise their research ambitions. Reviewing the Performance‐Based Research Fund in 2019 following on from the upcoming Quality Evaluation to ensure that the benefits of research are maximised and shared across New Zealand.

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.

Advisory and Reference Groups

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