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Shaping a Stronger Education System with New Zealanders

The Statement of National Education and Learning Priorities (NELP) and Tertiary Education Strategy (TES) translate the vision and objectives for education into priorities for places of learning from early learning through to tertiary education. For the first time, we are taking an integrated approach to set the direction for the education system.

Consultation on the NELP and TES started on 17 September 2019, and closed on 25 October 2019 (TES) and 25 November 2019 (NELP).

What is the NELP?

The Education Act 1989 enables the Minister of Education to issue, after consultation with educators, children and young people, and with interested groups, such as parents, a statement of National Education and Learning Priorities (NELP).

The NELP will set out the government’s educational priorities for all of our state schools, kura, private schools, early learning services, me nga kōhanga reo, and Communities of Learning│Kāhui Ako. The governing bodies of schools, kura, and early learning services, will use these priorities, alongside their own local priorities, to help every child and young person to progress and achieve to their potential.

How will the NELP be used?

The NELP will let education services know what is expected in terms of delivering on the government’s educational priorities for our children and young people. The NELP will help parents, whānau and caregivers know more about what the government, as well as their local education service, see as important in the education of their children and young people.

School boards and early learning services need to have particular regard to the NELP when developing their strategic plans. From the date of publication of the NELP in the Gazette, State and State integrated school boards will be required to have particular regard to the NELP when developing their strategic plans.


Consultation on the draft NELP ran from 17 September to 25 November.

The final NELP will be published in early 2020.

Public Events

Consultation on the NELP and TES have now closed.

Engagements on the NELP and the TES took place around the country throughout the consultation period. What we heard at these meetings will be included in our analysis, and will contribute to the drafting of the final NELP and TES.

Further information

NELP and TES summary document

NELP and TES discussion document