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Much has changed in the world and in New Zealand over the past few decades. While there have been reviews of parts of the education system over that time, there has never been such a comprehensive end-to-end review of the education system as is now underway.

We are developing a future-Strategy, which will be informed by the work underway in the Education Work Programme, and the Education Summits, Kōrero Mātauranga, wānanga, fono, and other public engagement.

Participants at the first Maori-medium workshop in Wellington

Participants at the first Maori-medium workshop in Wellington, to develop an Education Workforce Strategy. They include a wide range of sector representatives, Ministry of Education personnel, and young teachers who shared their experiences and aspirations for their profession.

The Strategy is being developed in partnership with the education sector, through a series of facilitated workshops and hui. It will provide the Government with a range of aspirational, transformational and enduring options for consideration. A list of sector organisations involved in the strategy development can be found below.

The Education Workforce Strategy will be complemented by a workforce strategy for Māori-medium education – covering Māori immersion level one, where more than 81 percent of learning is provided in Māori language immersion. The two strategies are highly connected, and will largely share the same outcomes.

These strategies will identify the mix of professionals, paraprofessionals, and the executive, administrative, and technology support for early learning through to the end of secondary schooling. The tertiary education workforce is out of scope.

Vision developed for Education Workforce Strategy

The Governance Group co-designing the Education Workforce Strategy has agreed a shared vision. This vision statement outlines 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.

Read more about the vision:

Vision for the Education Workforce 2032 (PDF 480KB) 


The Education Workforce Strategy deliverables are noted below:

  • May 2019 – Vision and Future State (Completed)
  • July 2019 – Education Workforce Strategy
  • October 2019 – Change Management Action Plan 

The timeline is being reviewed due to a delay arising from the industrial action taken by primary principals before their collective agreement was settled. We will now progress and continue the co-design process with the education sector.

Education Sector organisations working with the Ministry of Education to develop the Education Workforce Strategy:

  • Association of Proprietors of Integrated Schools
  • Auckland Primary Principals Association
  • Auckland Secondary School Principals Association
  • Early Childhood Council
  • Education Review Office (ERO)
  • Kōhanga Reo National Trust
  • Montessori Aotearoa New Zealand
  • New Zealand Council of Deans of Education
  • New Zealand Council for Educational Research (NZCER)
  • New Zealand Kindergartens
  • New Zealand Pacific Principals Association (NZPPA)
  • New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA)
  • New Zealand School Trustees Association (NZSTA)
  • New Zealand Secondary Principals Council (NZSPC)
  • New Zealand Principals Association (NZPF)
  • Ngā Kura ā Iwi o Aotearoa
  • NZEI / Te Riu Roa
  • Office for Disability Issues
  • Post Primary Teachers Association (PPTA)
  • School Business Managers Association
  • Secondary Principals Association of New Zealand (SPANZ)
  • Te Akatea / New Zealand Māori Principals Association
  • Teaching Council of New Zealand (formerly the Education Council)
  • Te Taura Whiri I te reo Māori / Maori Language Commission
  • Te Rūnanga Nui o Ngā Kura Kaupapa