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Welcome to the hub for the Education Conversation | Kōrero Mātauranga.

We've asked all of you – children, young people, parents, teachers, employers, iwi, families and whānau – to join a conversation about building not just a better education system, but the world’s best.

The main survey has now closed but we're still looking for your input on a range of initatives which you can find below.

We'll be publishing more findings from the Education Conversation - Kōrero Mātauranga consultation shortly, please check back to find out what you told us.

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What’s happening now?

Reform of Vocational Education

Please note the due date for submissions is now 5 April 2019

On 13 February 2019, the Minister of Education launched the formal start of public consultation on the Government’s proposals for the Reform of Vocational Education. These proposals aim to create an accessible, affordable, flexible and high quality vocational education system that will provide learners with the training they need in a rapidly changing world. 

Consultation runs through 5 April 2019. We are running a number of face-to-face events throughout the country; find more information on the Reform of Vocational Education page. You will soon be able to complete our online survey, or contact us at Vocationaleducation.Reform@education.govt.nz or 0800 462 543.

Tomorrow’s Schools

Our Schooling Futures, Stronger Together l Whiria Ngā Kura Tūātinitini, the report of the Independent Taskforce on Tomorrow’s Schools, was released on 7 December. Submissions, open till 7 April, or any queries, can be emailed to tomorrows.schools@education.govt.nz. Have your say on its recommendations by completing the online survey.

Taskforce-led regional hui on the report will take place in February/March 2019. More information will be available in early 2019.

The NCEA Review

Over 16,000 people engaged directly in the NCEA Review, and over a quarter of these responses were from young people. We are really pleased with this level of participation.

At NCEA Review: Findings from the public engagement on the future of NCEA  you can read what they told us.

Now, the Ministry is working with our Ministerial and Professional Advisory Groups to bring together what we’ve heard, to further test ideas for change, and to look at what a high-performing assessment system should look like in a New Zealand context

The Education Work Programme

Find out more about the Education Work Programme, what it’s made up of and how you get involved. 



Our current topic areas are shown below. Choose a conversation to learn about what’s happening where and when around the country, read discussion documents and to have your say in our surveys and in formal submissions.

What else?

Check out what's been happening in the regional workshops, hui and fono across New Zealand in our Out and About section

You can have your own conversations with friends or your community, school or workplace and send your feedback to us, check out the three tools to help you – in English and Te Reo Maori. 

Access documents and information about the various parts of the Government’s Education Work Programme, including the NCEA review and the review of Tomorrow’s Schools, and make sure your views are heard.

Please come back to the site every week or so to see what’s new.

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