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Conversations at the two Education Summit events took place in six hubs identified by high-level themes.

Participants moved between these, depending on what interested them. Each hub hosted a series of future-focused and challenging speakers to get participants thinking and talking about future opportunities and possibilities in education and learning.

Ways of Learning – Ngā ara ako

How people learn, how they learn differently to reach their potential, what their needs are at different life stages, level of ability. Topics of conversation include learning settings and how these could change in the future. Ways of learning will inevitably also be about ways of living – now and in the future.

Ways of Teaching – Ngā ara whakaako

Focused on what our future needs from teaching will be and the future of teaching for every learner. It includes teaching as peers, teachers, parents and whānau, tradespeople, researchers, iwi and community members and anyone else who teaches. This topic hub includes conversations about what makes a teacher in the future of learning, effective teaching methods, and collaboration in the broadest sense.

Lifelong Learning – Te ara mutunga kore o te whai i te mātauranga

Conversations in the life-long learning hub are about people’s whole learning pathway starting at birth and running throughout their lives. These conversations include how the system may need to support changes and transitions (of all types) in the future. This topic area also enables conversations about how education and training happens, or needs to happen, to help people pursue multiple careers and stay in touch with opportunities in a changing world.

Skills and Abilities – Ngā pukenga me ngā āheitanga

What people should gain from their education; conversations include dispositions, skills, knowledge, competencies, behaviours and/or values that participants feel are needed now and from our future system. This topic hub also includes conversations about qualifications, ways of valuing and sharing an understanding of what people have gained from their education.

Enabling Self-Fulfilling lives – E whāia ana te iti kahurangi

The range of ways that learners should expect education to support them as individuals. Conversations include education that enables learner to be able to grow and progress, to being able to participate fully through earning, learning, caring or volunteering, pursue work employment aspirations and be prosperous, pursue their potential in ways other than employment, and how education can help them participate and lead healthy and happy lives.

Creating a Thriving Society – Mauri mahi, mauri ora

How education needs to help people contribute to New Zealand now and in the future - to communities, to their iwi, to their culture, through their labour, ideas, entrepreneurship, civic commitment and support for others.