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Kōrero Mātauranga is a series of education conversations to help build the world’s best education system for all our children and young people.

We want all New Zealanders to participate in the kōrero. And especially those – such as children and young people, Māori, Pacific peoples, parents, people with learning support needs – whose voices have not been traditionally heard in discussions about the future of education. We've already had over 43,000 responses to a variety of issues and begun publishing summaries of what you told us.

Most of the kōrero is taking place around the significant changes being proposed to almost our entire New Zealand education system, as part of the Education Work Programme (EWP). In addition, feedback from the kōrero is being used to design a vision that will guide the future of education in Aotearoa for the next 30 years.

On this page, you can find out ‘what’s happening now’ with the kōrero and about how you can join in. You can also go to ‘conversations’, in the main menu above, to find out more about the conversations we are having, or to see where a particular conversation is at.

Education Work Programme Overview

In March 2021 the Cabinet agreed to the contents of the Education Work Programme (EWP)
2021 for this term of Government.
The Education Work Programme 2021 has a strong focus on implementation and delivery,
and on addressing systemic issues within the education system, such as falling levels of
achievement in maths and science, poor and declining rates of attendance, and the relatively
high levels of bullying within the schooling system.


The main priority components of the EWP 2021, for this term of the current Government are seen below.

 

 

Objective 1:

Learners at the Centre

 

   

 

 

 

The Action Plan for Pacific Education 2020-2030

The Early Learning Action Plan 2019-2029, with a focus on pay parity

Ka Hikitia – Ka Hāpaitia and Tau Mai Te Reo

Promoting safe and accepting school environments for Rainbow students to learn and thrive, including working with schools on providing gender neutral bathrooms for school students

An action plan to improve student attendance and engagement

  

  

 

Objective 2: Barrier free access

 

 

Initiatives to tackle barriers to educational success:

o      Expand Ka Ora, Ka Ako | Healthy School Lunch programme;

        o  Implement an Equity Index for schools and early learning services; and

        o  Improve digital access to help address the digital divide in schools

        o  Free period products in schools and kura

        The Learning Support Action Plan 2019-2025

 

 

 

 

 

 

Objective 3:

Quality teaching and leadership

 

 

 

 

Reform of the Tomorrow’s Schools system:

  • A new Education Service Agency o A national Curriculum Centre
  • An independent mechanism for raising and resolving complaints, including supporting the use of restorative practice
  • A more visible support system for school leadership o Strengthening school governance
  • Strengthening the Māori medium education pathway
    • Ensuring school enrolment schemes are fair

Reforms of Curriculum, Progress and Achievement, and NCEA:

  • Refresh the national curriculum
  • Ensure that Aotearoa New Zealand’s histories are taught in all New Zealand schools and kura from 2022
  • Implement the NCEA Change Programme

Develop a literacy strategy and a mathematics (including numeracy) strategy

Continued work to attract and develop a strong, culturally competent education workforce that is capable, supported, valued and connected, including through changes to improve Initial Teacher Education

 

 

 

 

Objective 4:

Future of learning and work

 

  

 

The Reform of Vocational Education:

o           Establish Workforce Development Councils, and oversee the integration of Te Pukenga o                      Creating a framework and a plan for a unified funding system

The International Education Strategy and the International Education Recovery Plan

Strengthen youth transitions system

Modernise careers advice in schools

Reviewing the tertiary education funding system, including for degrees, to introduce a stronger focus on work-integrated learning across a broader range of disciplines

Expanding the Creatives in Schools programme

  

 

Objective 5:

World class inclusive public education

 

 

 

 

 

A strategic programme of investment in school property

The Review of the Performance-Based Research Fund

Click the link below to read the Cabinet Paper Education Work Programme 2021.

Cabinet Paper Education Work Programme 2021

Education Work Programme 2018

In 2018, the current Government outlined a three- year work Education Work Programme (EWP 2018) for its first term.

The EWP 2018 was made up of:

  • big reviews parts of the system
  • medium term strategies to map out priorities and actions for 2018/20 and beyond
  • some key initiatives that needed getting underway during 2018/20

More details on the Education Work Programme 2018-20 can be found on the wheel below.

Medium Term Strategies Big Reviews Key Initiatives
Click the wheel to learn about the vision Te Pae Tawhiti
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Pacific Education
National Education and Learning Priorities (NELP)
Tertiary Education Strategy
International Education Strategy
Māori Education
Early Learning Strategy
Education Workforce Strategy
Pacific Education

Developing a long-term approach to equitable outcomes for Pacific children and young people in the education system and embed it across all developing strategies and reviews.

A series of regional fono were held with Pacific families, communities, and specific Pacific focus groups e.g. disability groups and youth.

National Education and Learning Priorities (NELP)

The Statement of National Education and Learning Priorities (NELP) is a set of priorities for early childhood and compulsory education.  The priorities will inform the strategic planning of early learning services and schools.

Consultation on the draft NELP closed on 25 November 2019.   

Tertiary Education Strategy

The Tertiary Education Strategy (TES) sets out the Government’s short, medium and long terms priorities for the tertiary education system.  Tertiary Education Organisations must show how they will contribute to achieving the priorities set out in the TES through their investment plans.

Consultation on the TES closed on 25 October 2019.   

 

 

International Education Strategy

The New Zealand International Education Strategy 2018-2030 was released in August 2018 and sets a vision and actions for international education to contribute to a thriving and globally connected New Zealand through world‐class education.                

The International Education Strategy was developed in consultation with international education stakeholders including education providers, international and domestic students, peak bodies and community groups. Our thanks to all those who contributed to the strategy.

Advisory and Reference Groups

International Education Stakeholder Group.

Ka Hikitia and Tau Mai Te Reo

We are refreshing Ka Hikitia and Tau Mai Te Reo to provide an enduring strategic framework for Māori Education (including Māori Language in Education). We will develop annual implementation plans to give practical effect to the overall strategy.

In 2018, we started a conversation with Māori whānau and communities about what matters most in the education of Māori learners through a series of wānanga. Over 2000 learners, whānau and educators came along and discussed a wide range of issues and opportunities for Māori education. Thank you for your input. The information we gathered will be used to inform our refresh of Ka Hikitia and Tau Mai Te Reo and the overall Education Work Programme.

How can I get involved?

We want to continue this conversation and hear your thoughts and ideas about Māori education. Watch this space for more information about our future engagements on Ka Hikitia and Tau Mai Te Reo planned for 2020.

Advisory and Reference Groups

Te Kotahitanga Co‐Design Group.

Early Learning Strategy

Providing a shared vision and a plan for an early learning sector that gives all children genuine opportunities for high quality early learning and development that supports their identity, language and culture and enables them to learn and thrive.

Consultation on the draft Strategic Plan closed on 15 March 2019.

Advisory and Reference Groups

  • Early Learning Ministerial Advisory Group
  • Early Learning Reference Group
Education Workforce Strategy

This strategy will identify the mix of professionals, paraprofessionals, executive, administrative, and technology support for early learning through to the end of secondary schooling.

The Governance Group co-designing the Education Workforce Strategy has agreed a shared vision statement outlining how Aotearoa/New Zealand will have a strong, culturally competent, education workforce by 2032 that drives a world leading, learner-focused education system for the benefit of all learners.

 

Tomorrow's Schools Review
Reform of School Property
NCEA Review
Reform of Vocational Education
Tomorrow's Schools Review

Reviewing the way the governance, administration and management of our schooling system works, and whether it meets the needs and aspirations of all learners.

The Government’s response to the Independent Taskforce’s Report Our Schooling Futures, Stronger Together l Whiria Ngā Kura Tūātinitini was announced at the end of 2019.

More information – Our Schooling Futures, Stronger Together l Whiria Ngā Kura Tūātinitini

Advisory and Reference Groups

  • Tomorrow's Schools Review Independent Taskforce
  • Tomorrow's Schools Review Cross-Sector Advisroy Panel
Reform of School Property

A National Education Growth Plan was released to ensure we have environmentally sustainable schools, kura and classrooms when and where they are needed.  We engaged with the community through regular regional property forums and focused regional events, and final decisions about the reform of school property will follow Government’s response to the Tomorrow’s School’s Review. 

Find out more – National Education Growth Plan

Tomorrow's Schools Review

NCEA Review

Exploring options and ideas on how NCEA, the key‐stone qualification for secondary school leavers, can be strengthened to meet the needs of 21st century learners.

Public consultation ended on 19 October 2018. No changes to NCEA will be implemented in 2020. The final NCEA change package, and details of how we will support New Zealand as the changes are implemented will be agreed by Cabinet by the end of February 2020. Final details and timings for the implementation of the changes are subject to Budget 2020 decisions. Following these decisions, a detailed implementation plan will be released.

Advisory and Reference Groups

  • NCEA Review Professional Advisory Group
  • NCEA Review Ministerial Advisory Group
  • NCEA Review Reference Group
Reform of Vocational Education

Ensuring we create a strong, unified vocational education system that is sustainable and fit for the future of work, delivering what learners, employers and communities need to be successful.

In August 2019 the Vocational Education Reform Bill was introduced in Parliament. The Bill supports the creation of a unified and cohesive vocational education and training system to help New Zealanders prepare for the future of work, with industry, industry training organisations, business, institutes of technology and polytechnics working together.

On-going engagement

Your feedback during the consultation process helped shape what will be a defining piece of legislation when it becomes law in April 2020.

Engagement with the vocational education sector, including institutes of technology and polytechnics, industry and employers, learners and Māori, is not over.

The new Institute created in the legislation will need to work closely with people across vocational education over the next few years including developing meaningful partnerships with industry, including Māori and Pacific employers, and with communities including hapū, iwi and Pacific.

Engagement with the vocational education sector, including institutes of technology and polytechnics, industry and employers, learners and Māori, is not over. The new Institute will need to work closely with people across vocational education over the next few years to fundamentally change how learning and support is delivered through all modes of delivery – on-the-job, off-the-job and online.

Advisory and Reference Groups

Tertiary Consultative Group.

Te Kawa Matakura and Te Ahu o Te Reo Māori
Review of Home-based ECE
Learning Support Action Plan
Curriculum, Progress and Achievement
Careers Action Plan
Ongoing Tertiary Fees Free
Supporting Research
Te Kawa Matakura and Te Ahu o Te Reo Māori

Te Kawa Matakura is a wānanga-based programme for 17-25 year olds who are proficient in te reo Māori, and who show a strong desire to learn more traditional bodies of Māori knowledge and tikanga.

Te Ahu o te Reo Māori means the future pathway of te reo Māori – a pathway that seeks to inspire and aspire for improved te reo Māori proficiency, acquisition and use across the education sector.

These kaupapa were designed in consultation with exponents of mātauranga Māori in July 2018 to identify and recommend the critical success factors for both initiatives.

Ta Ahu o Te Reo Māori was launched in December 2019, and Te Kawa Matakura will launch in February 2020.

Find out more – Te Ahu o Te Reo Māori

Advisory and reference groups

Te Kawa Matakura and Te Ahu o te Reo Māori Reference Group.

Review of home-based early childhood education

The review of Home-based ECE is about ensuring that government funding and regulation of home‐based ECE supports good outcomes for children.

Government decisions on changes to home-based early childhood education were announced on 20 February 2019. Information about the consultation and the changes are available on the Review of Home-based Early Childhood Education page.

Learning Support Action Plan

The Learning Support Action Plan 2019 - 2025 sets out priority actions that will make the most difference, to ensure that children and young people get the right support, at the right time.

Consultation closed on 31 October 2018, but there will be more opportunities for collaboration and feedback as the plan is implemented.

Curriculum, Progress and Achievement

In many schools and kura across Aotearoa New Zealand, students are experiencing rich and engaging learning that supports them to take part and contribute fully as confident and competent citizens. We want this to happen everywhere, for all young people and their whānau.

The Curriculum, Progress and Achievement Ministerial Advisory Group has provided its final advice to the Minister. The Ministry will be working collaboratively with Māori, Pacific, teachers and leaders, students and their whānau over the coming months on four initial changes in response to the advice.

Advisory and Reference Groups

Curriculum Progress and Achievement Ministerial Advisory Group
Curriculum Progress and Achievement Reference Group

Careers Action Plan

The Careers Action Plan is about developing and implementing a set of actions to improve the quality and effectiveness of school‐based careers systems, with links to the new Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) Career Systems Strategy.

How can I get involved?

We will engage with our partners and stakeholders on the Careers Action Plan proposals in the coming months.

Ongoing Tertiary Fees Free

The Ministry of Education is developing a long‐term approach to the Fees Free policy for tertiary education and training in partnership with the Tertiary Education Commission, the Ministry of Social Development/StudyLink, Inland Revenue and NZQA.

The Ministry and partner agencies are in regular contact with stakeholders and learners to continue to improve the Fees Free policy and how it is delivered. Up-to-date information about the Fees Free programme and eligibility is available through the Fees Free website.

Supporting Research

Acknowledging and recognising Mātauranga Māori and supporting wānanga to develop their capacity and capability to realise their research ambitions.  Ensuring the benefits of research are maximised and shared across learners, businesses, communities and New Zealand as a whole.  

Submissions on the review closed on 10 October 2019. After Government has considered the panel’s report, public consultation will be undertaken early in 2020 on any proposals for reform.

Advisory and Reference Groups

  • Universities
  • Wānanga
  • ITPs
  • PTEs
  • Students
  • Employers
Tap to learn about the vision Te Pae Tawhiti
Pacific Education
Pacific Education

Developing a long-term approach to equitable outcomes for Pacific children and young people in the education system and embed it across all developing strategies and reviews.

A series of regional fono were held with Pacific families, communities, and specific Pacific focus groups e.g. disability groups and youth.

National Education and Learning Priorities (NELP)
National Education and Learning Priorities (NELP)

The Statement of National Education and Learning Priorities (NELP) is a set of priorities for early childhood and compulsory education.  The priorities will inform the strategic planning of early learning services and schools.

Consultation on the draft NELP closed on 25 November 2019.   

Tertiary Education Strategy
Tertiary Education Strategy

The Tertiary Education Strategy (TES) sets out the Government’s short, medium and long terms priorities for the tertiary education system.  Tertiary Education Organisations must show how they will contribute to achieving the priorities set out in the TES through their investment plans.

Consultation on the TES closed on 25 October 2019.   

 

 

International Education Strategy
International Education Strategy

The New Zealand International Education Strategy 2018-2030 was released in August 2018 and sets a vision and actions for international education to contribute to a thriving and globally connected New Zealand through world‐class education.                

The International Education Strategy was developed in consultation with international education stakeholders including education providers, international and domestic students, peak bodies and community groups. Our thanks to all those who contributed to the strategy.

Advisory and Reference Groups

International Education Stakeholder Group.

Māori Education
Ka Hikitia and Tau Mai Te Reo

We are refreshing Ka Hikitia and Tau Mai Te Reo to provide an enduring strategic framework for Māori Education (including Māori Language in Education). We will develop annual implementation plans to give practical effect to the overall strategy.

In 2018, we started a conversation with Māori whānau and communities about what matters most in the education of Māori learners through a series of wānanga. Over 2000 learners, whānau and educators came along and discussed a wide range of issues and opportunities for Māori education. Thank you for your input. The information we gathered will be used to inform our refresh of Ka Hikitia and Tau Mai Te Reo and the overall Education Work Programme.

How can I get involved?

We want to continue this conversation and hear your thoughts and ideas about Māori education. Watch this space for more information about our future engagements on Ka Hikitia and Tau Mai Te Reo planned for 2020.

Advisory and Reference Groups

Te Kotahitanga Co‐Design Group.

Early Learning Strategy
Early Learning Strategy

Providing a shared vision and a plan for an early learning sector that gives all children genuine opportunities for high quality early learning and development that supports their identity, language and culture and enables them to learn and thrive.

Consultation on the draft Strategic Plan closed on 15 March 2019.

Advisory and Reference Groups

  • Early Learning Ministerial Advisory Group
  • Early Learning Reference Group
Education Workforce Strategy
Education Workforce Strategy

This strategy will identify the mix of professionals, paraprofessionals, executive, administrative, and technology support for early learning through to the end of secondary schooling.

The Governance Group co-designing the Education Workforce Strategy has agreed a shared vision statement outlining how Aotearoa/New Zealand will have a strong, culturally competent, education workforce by 2032 that drives a world leading, learner-focused education system for the benefit of all learners.

 

Tomorrow's Schools Review
Tomorrow's Schools Review

Reviewing the way the governance, administration and management of our schooling system works, and whether it meets the needs and aspirations of all learners.

The Government’s response to the Independent Taskforce’s Report Our Schooling Futures, Stronger Together l Whiria Ngā Kura Tūātinitini was announced at the end of 2019.

More information – Our Schooling Futures, Stronger Together l Whiria Ngā Kura Tūātinitini

Advisory and Reference Groups

  • Tomorrow's Schools Review Independent Taskforce
  • Tomorrow's Schools Review Cross-Sector Advisroy Panel
Reform of School Property
Reform of School Property

A National Education Growth Plan was released to ensure we have environmentally sustainable schools, kura and classrooms when and where they are needed.  We engaged with the community through regular regional property forums and focused regional events, and final decisions about the reform of school property will follow Government’s response to the Tomorrow’s School’s Review. 

Find out more – National Education Growth Plan

Tomorrow's Schools Review

NCEA Review
NCEA Review

Exploring options and ideas on how NCEA, the key‐stone qualification for secondary school leavers, can be strengthened to meet the needs of 21st century learners.

Public consultation ended on 19 October 2018. No changes to NCEA will be implemented in 2020. The final NCEA change package, and details of how we will support New Zealand as the changes are implemented will be agreed by Cabinet by the end of February 2020. Final details and timings for the implementation of the changes are subject to Budget 2020 decisions. Following these decisions, a detailed implementation plan will be released.

Advisory and Reference Groups

  • NCEA Review Professional Advisory Group
  • NCEA Review Ministerial Advisory Group
  • NCEA Review Reference Group
Reform of Vocational Education
Reform of Vocational Education

Ensuring we create a strong, unified vocational education system that is sustainable and fit for the future of work, delivering what learners, employers and communities need to be successful.

In August 2019 the Vocational Education Reform Bill was introduced in Parliament. The Bill supports the creation of a unified and cohesive vocational education and training system to help New Zealanders prepare for the future of work, with industry, industry training organisations, business, institutes of technology and polytechnics working together.

On-going engagement

Your feedback during the consultation process helped shape what will be a defining piece of legislation when it becomes law in April 2020.

Engagement with the vocational education sector, including institutes of technology and polytechnics, industry and employers, learners and Māori, is not over.

The new Institute created in the legislation will need to work closely with people across vocational education over the next few years including developing meaningful partnerships with industry, including Māori and Pacific employers, and with communities including hapū, iwi and Pacific.

Engagement with the vocational education sector, including institutes of technology and polytechnics, industry and employers, learners and Māori, is not over. The new Institute will need to work closely with people across vocational education over the next few years to fundamentally change how learning and support is delivered through all modes of delivery – on-the-job, off-the-job and online.

Advisory and Reference Groups

Tertiary Consultative Group.

Te Kawa Matakura and Te Ahu o Te Reo Māori
Te Kawa Matakura and Te Ahu o Te Reo Māori

Te Kawa Matakura is a wānanga-based programme for 17-25 year olds who are proficient in te reo Māori, and who show a strong desire to learn more traditional bodies of Māori knowledge and tikanga.

Te Ahu o te Reo Māori means the future pathway of te reo Māori – a pathway that seeks to inspire and aspire for improved te reo Māori proficiency, acquisition and use across the education sector.

These kaupapa were designed in consultation with exponents of mātauranga Māori in July 2018 to identify and recommend the critical success factors for both initiatives.

Ta Ahu o Te Reo Māori was launched in December 2019, and Te Kawa Matakura will launch in February 2020.

Find out more – Te Ahu o Te Reo Māori

Advisory and reference groups

Te Kawa Matakura and Te Ahu o te Reo Māori Reference Group.

Review of Home-based ECE
Review of home-based early childhood education

The review of Home-based ECE is about ensuring that government funding and regulation of home‐based ECE supports good outcomes for children.

Government decisions on changes to home-based early childhood education were announced on 20 February 2019. Information about the consultation and the changes are available on the Review of Home-based Early Childhood Education page.

Learning Support Action Plan
Learning Support Action Plan

The Learning Support Action Plan 2019 - 2025 sets out priority actions that will make the most difference, to ensure that children and young people get the right support, at the right time.

Consultation closed on 31 October 2018, but there will be more opportunities for collaboration and feedback as the plan is implemented.

Curriculum, Progress and Achievement
Curriculum, Progress and Achievement

In many schools and kura across Aotearoa New Zealand, students are experiencing rich and engaging learning that supports them to take part and contribute fully as confident and competent citizens. We want this to happen everywhere, for all young people and their whānau.

The Curriculum, Progress and Achievement Ministerial Advisory Group has provided its final advice to the Minister. The Ministry will be working collaboratively with Māori, Pacific, teachers and leaders, students and their whānau over the coming months on four initial changes in response to the advice.

Advisory and Reference Groups

Curriculum Progress and Achievement Ministerial Advisory Group
Curriculum Progress and Achievement Reference Group

Careers Action Plan
Careers Action Plan

The Careers Action Plan is about developing and implementing a set of actions to improve the quality and effectiveness of school‐based careers systems, with links to the new Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) Career Systems Strategy.

How can I get involved?

We will engage with our partners and stakeholders on the Careers Action Plan proposals in the coming months.

Ongoing Tertiary Fees Free
Ongoing Tertiary Fees Free

The Ministry of Education is developing a long‐term approach to the Fees Free policy for tertiary education and training in partnership with the Tertiary Education Commission, the Ministry of Social Development/StudyLink, Inland Revenue and NZQA.

The Ministry and partner agencies are in regular contact with stakeholders and learners to continue to improve the Fees Free policy and how it is delivered. Up-to-date information about the Fees Free programme and eligibility is available through the Fees Free website.

Supporting Research
Supporting Research

Acknowledging and recognising Mātauranga Māori and supporting wānanga to develop their capacity and capability to realise their research ambitions.  Ensuring the benefits of research are maximised and shared across learners, businesses, communities and New Zealand as a whole.  

Submissions on the review closed on 10 October 2019. After Government has considered the panel’s report, public consultation will be undertaken early in 2020 on any proposals for reform.

Advisory and Reference Groups

  • Universities
  • Wānanga
  • ITPs
  • PTEs
  • Students
  • Employers