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The Summit and the survey | Te Taumata me te rapunga whakaaro

Around 1,400 people spent two days discussing their vision of what the future of learning might look like in New Zealand and the values that should underpin education.

Close to 4,000 tweets were sent over the Summit weekends about the Education Conversation, and the hashtag #EdConvo18 was trending on Twitter. Participants shared highlights and conversation content, and people who weren’t at the events could follow the hashtags and get involved.

There have been more than 15,500 responses to the online public survey

First report on the Education Conversation | Kōrero Mātauranga

Thank you to the 15,500 of you who have joined the Education Conversation |  Korero Mātauranga on the future of education, by filing in our survey. The survey runs until the 14 October. You can still have your say by filling in the survey now.

We have done an initial report on the main themes from the first 11,000 responses received. 

Kōrero Mātauranga Survey - Initial Analysis [PDF, 585KB]

The common themes include:

  • No students should be disadvantaged due to financial or family circumstances
  • Teachers need better remuneration and to have better supporting staff and strategies to improve teaching practice
  • Children with additional learning needs require more funding and support
  • Students should be resilient, capable, resourceful, independent, socially competent and curious
  • Students need recognising for their contribution to family/whānau, hapu, iwi, and community
  • Students need to be able to think critically, innovate, respect others, and take responsibility. They need good communication skills, and strong foundation skills in literacy and numeracy
  • Young people feel there is too much focus on assessments; this is a burden on them and their teachers.
  • Many parents identified reducing bullying as a priority
  • Many felt the curriculum should focus on progress rather than testing or benchmarking
  • Differences in achievement between Māori and Pacific students and Pakeha need addressing, and there should be better teaching of Māori culture and history. Some felt te reo Māori should be compulsory, at least in primary schools.

Your feedback will be used to develop the vision for the future of education in New Zealand for the next thirty years, and to inform the various aspects of the Government’s Education Work Programme as we seek to build the world’s best education system.

To see the specific engagements that are, or soon will, take place see our Education Work Programme Overview.

Speaker videos | Ataata Kaikōrero

Our exciting and thought-provoking Summit speakers and panellists are now available to watch, read more about each of the videos.

Watch the videos on our YouTube channel now.

More videos will be put up in the coming weeks. These videos are not just a record of what went on at these historic events. More importantly, they are a living resource for you to use to stimulate your own thoughts about the future of education and learning, and your own education conversations. 

Taking the conversation forward | Kia haere tonu ngā kōrero

We want to ensure that the future of learning in New Zealand is influenced by as many New Zealanders as possible. At both Summit events, Education Minister Chris Hipkins encouraged participants to take the conversation into their communities.

We have created some tools to help you engage with your friends, colleagues and communities to do just that.

There are 3 conversation tools – designed for an informal conversation for up to 5 people; for a session for 1 hour or so for up to 20 people in the classroom, your workplace or the community; and for running a co-design workshop for about 80 people. 

Te reo Māori versions of all these tools are also available.

Whether you have in mind a casual conversation over dinner, or a structured workshop in your communities, all contributions are useful, and we need your help to ensure everyone is heard.

Linking to the wider Education Work Programme | Te hono ki te Kaupapa Mātauranga whānui

Ideas from the Summit conversations, feedback from your local conversations and the survey responses will all feed into the Government’s Education Work Programme.

You can have your say on the various parts of the work programme as they go up on this site. Just go to any of the programme tiles on the site and give us your feedback on that issue.

Your Feedback | Ā koutou whakahoki kōrero

We want to hear what you come up with in your conversations. We’re working on an online feedback option for you to use.

In the meantime, please email us with your feedback at conversation@education.govt.nz.