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What is the TES?

New Zealand wants an adaptable and responsive tertiary education system that gives practical effect to Te Tiriti o Waitangi and delivers equitable outcomes for all ākonga, as well as excellent learning, teaching and research. The draft TES proposes a number of key priorities for the future of tertiary education and a series of actions to achieve these priorities.   

It will enable reforms and investment in the tertiary education system, and give effect to the Government’s overarching strategic direction and priorities for a whole of education system transformation.

Informing a Draft TES

The draft TES has been informed by Kōrero Mātauranga | the Education Conversation, along with targeted engagement with ākonga, providers and other key stakeholders across the country to hear their views and vision for the future of education in New Zealand. Learnings from consultation on the Reform of Vocational Education (RoVE) and other key engagements have provided additional insight into the development of this draft.

The Government’s focus on Ministry-wide system integration, across all education outcomes and strategic objectives, ensures this draft TES is connected to and aligned with Education on a Page and the Statement of National Education and Learning Priorities, as well as Ka Hikitia, the International Education Strategy, the Pacific Education Action Plan, the Learning Support Action Plan and the Careers Strategy and Action Plan. We look forward to hearing additional feedback on the draft TES and proposed priorities during public consultation.