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Consultation on draft Regulations and support material to implement the new planning and reporting framework for schools and kura

On 1 January 2023, the new planning and reporting framework for schools and kura in the Education and Training Act 2020 (the Act) came into effect.  The Act set out the new requirements for planning and reporting, however, it left the details to be set out in regulations. 

There are currently transitional arrangements in place until these new regulations take effect from mid-2023.

The key changes set out in the Act are:

  • School charters are replaced by a three-year strategic plan and an annual implementation plan
  • Boards must consult with their communities when they create their strategic plans
  • Strategic plans must set out the strategic goals and strategies they intend to use to achieve their primary objectives (Legislation.govt.nz) set out in the Act and any other identified community priorities
  • Annual implementation plans must set out how the school intends to implement the strategies in their strategic plan for that year, and
  • An annual report (including a statement of variance) that sets out the school’s performance for the year which includes the audited financial statements 
  • Boards must publish all planning and reporting documents on an internet site.

How you can provide feedback

The consultation will run from 13 March to 6 April 2023.  

Download and read a draft of the Education (Schools Planning and Reporting) Regulations 2023:

Background information on the new law, what the Regulations seek to achieve, and what they say, can be found in the accompanying consultation guide Te Whakangārahu Ngātahi: Planning Together for Ākonga Success – Our School, Our Community, below:

You can provide your feedback on the Regulations by clicking on the link below:

Engagement on support material (English medium) to help with implementing the changes

The Ministry is also developing a toolkit to support English medium boards and principals in implementing the changes. We are seeking views from people across the education sector including schools, ākonga, whānau and families, communities, and other education organisations to develop these supports. 

You can review draft support material for English medium schools below. These have been developed based on what we heard during previous engagements.

You can have your say by completing a short survey on the above documents by clicking on the following links:

Engagement on support material (Kaupapa Māori) to help with implementing the changes

For supports for Kaupapa Māori settings and other education providers on our Māori medium directory, we will be directly in touch.

Planning and reporting requirements for 2023

Information on schools’ planning and reporting requirements for 2023 can be found on the Ministry’s Schools' planning and reporting page for school boards and principals.