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Much has changed in the world and in New Zealand over the past few decades. While there have been reviews of parts of the education system over that time, there has never been such a comprehensive end-to-end review of the education system as is now underway.

We are developing a future-Strategy, which will be informed by the work underway in the Education Work Programme, and the Education Summits, Kōreo Mātauanga, wānanaga, fono, and other public engagement.

Participants at the first Maori-medium workshop in Wellington

Participants at the first Maori-medium workshop in Wellington, to develop an Education Workforce Strategy. They include a wide range of sector representatives, Ministry of Education personnel, and young teachers who shared their experiences and aspirations for their profession. 


The Strategy is being developed in partnership with the education sector, through a series of facilitated workshops and hui. It will provide the Government with a range of aspirational, ambitious, transformational, sustainable, and enduring options for consideration. A list of sector organisations involved in the strategy development can be found below.

The Strategy will be developed in two streams – one for Māori medium and one for English medium. Both streams will be highly connected and largely share the same outcomes.

The Strategy will cover the education workforce across Māori medium and English medium settings, from early learning to the end of secondary schooling.

It will identify the mix of professionals, paraprofessionals, and the executive, administrative, and technology support likely to be required to sustain an effective learning delivery model in the future. Tertiary education workforce and private schooling are out of scope.


The Education Workforce Strategy deliverables are noted below:

  • March 2019 – Vision and Future State
  • July 2019 – Education Workforce Strategy
  • September 2019 – Change Management Action Plan 

Education Sector organisations working with the Ministry of Education to develop the Education Workforce Strategy:

  • Association of Proprietors of Integrated Schools
  • Auckland Primary Principals Association
  • Auckland Secondary School Principals Association
  • Early Childhood Council
  • Education Review Office (ERO)
  • Kōhanaga Reo National Trust
  • New Zealand Council for Educational Research (NZCER)
  • New Zealand Kindergartens
  • New Zealand Pacific Principals Association (NZPPA)
  • New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA)
  • New Zealand School Trustees Association (NZSTA)
  • New Zealand Secondary Principals Council (NZSPC)
  • New Zealand Principals Association (NZPF)
  • Ngā Kura ā Iwi o Aotearoa
  • NZEI / Te Riu Roa
  • Post Primary Teachers Association (PPTA)
  • School Business Managers Association
  • Secondary Principals Association of New Zealand (SPANZ)
  • Te Akatea / New Zealand Māori Principals Association
  • Teaching Council of New Zealand (formerly the Education Council)
  • Te Kua Whiri I te reo Māori / Maori Language Commission
  • Te Runanga Nui o Ngā Kura Kaupapa