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The Education Summits - What you told us 

Over 2000 principles, values and ideas for change were captured at the two Education Summits in May of 2018. This information is helping develop a 30-year vision for education, and is informing the actions we are taking to meet the needs of all our learners. 

An overview of what you told us at the Summits is available here. 

The Summit and the survey | Te Taumata me te rapunga whakaaro

Around 1,400 people spent two days discussing their vision of what the future of learning might look like in New Zealand and the values that should underpin education.

Close to 4,000 tweets were sent over the Summit weekends about the Education Conversation, and the hashtag #EdConvo18 was trending on Twitter. Participants shared highlights and conversation content, and people who weren’t at the events could follow the hashtags and get involved.

There were more than 16,000 responses to the online public survey which ran until 31 October 2018.

First report on the Education Conversation | Kōrero Mātauranga

Thank you to the 16,000 of you who have joined the Education Conversation |  Korero Mātauranga on the future of education.  

We have done an initial report on the main themes from the first 11,000 responses received. 

Kōrero Mātauranga Survey - Initial Analysis [PDF, 585KB]

The common themes include:

  • No students should be disadvantaged due to financial or family circumstances
  • Teachers need better remuneration and to have better supporting staff and strategies to improve teaching practice
  • Children with additional learning needs require more funding and support
  • Students should be resilient, capable, resourceful, independent, socially competent and curious
  • Students need recognising for their contribution to family/whānau, hapu, iwi, and community
  • Students need to be able to think critically, innovate, respect others, and take responsibility. They need good communication skills, and strong foundation skills in literacy and numeracy
  • Young people feel there is too much focus on assessments; this is a burden on them and their teachers.
  • Many parents identified reducing bullying as a priority
  • Many felt the curriculum should focus on progress rather than testing or benchmarking
  • Differences in achievement between Māori and Pacific students and Pakeha need addressing, and there should be better teaching of Māori culture and history. Some felt te reo Māori should be compulsory, at least in primary schools.

Your feedback will be used to develop the vision for the future of education in New Zealand for the next thirty years, and to inform the various aspects of the Government’s Education Work Programme as we seek to build the world’s best education system.

To see the specific engagements that are, or soon will, take place see our Education Work Programme Overview.

Speaker videos | Ataata Kaikōrero

Our exciting and thought-provoking Summit speakers and panellists are now available to watch, read more about each of the videos.

Watch the videos on our YouTube channel now.

More videos will be put up in the coming weeks. These videos are not just a record of what went on at these historic events. More importantly, they are a living resource for you to use to stimulate your own thoughts about the future of education and learning, and your own education conversations.