With the removal of the National Standards and Ngā Whanaketanga Rumaki Māori last year, the Ministry of Education signalled it would work with the sector, students, parents, whānau, iwi and communities to focus on progress, as well as achievement, and on learning across the National Curriculum for students in Years 1 to 10.
By focusing on progress and achievement across the curriculum, teachers and kaiako can ensure learners have the support and learning opportunities they need. Parents and whānau will know what progress their children are making across the whole curriculum – including key capabilities for success in life, learning and work – and how they can help their children to move on in their learning.
Assessment, aromatawai and reporting systems will need to evolve in order to support a focus on progress and achievement across the whole curriculum. The Ministry is working with teachers, students, parents, whānau, iwi and communities to ensure our teachers and kaiako, schools and kura have the capability and tools they need to provide the right learning opportunities and support for each student.
A Ministerial Advisory Group has been formed to provide advice to the Minister and includes educationalists and practitioners with expertise in The New Zealand Curriculum and Te Marautanga o Aotearoa.
A Reference Group of teachers and kaiako, school and kura leaders, and representatives for a wide range of participants in education will inform, guide and work alongside the Ministerial Advisory Group and the Ministry to provide an ‘on the ground’ view and help to gather input from their networks and school communities.
During June, members of the Reference Group reached out to their local networks and communities to hear from as many people as possible. An online survey enabled a wide range of people across the country to share their thoughts on progress and achievement at school. Feedback was received from more than 1600 people, including learners, educators, parents, whānau, iwi and community members.
All of the feedback will inform the development of recommendations to the Minister of Education, which he will consider before reporting back to Cabinet in September.