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What is the NELP?

The Education Act 1989 enables the Minister of Education to issue, after consultation with educators, children and young people, and with interested groups, such as parents, a statement of National Education and Learning Priorities (NELP).

The NELP will set out the government’s educational priorities for our all state  schools, kura, private schools, early learning services, me nga kōhanga reo, and Communities of Learning│Kāhui Ako. The governing bodies of schools, kura, and early learning services, will use these priorities, alongside their own local priorities, to help every child and young person to progress and achieve to their potential.

The NELP will let education services know what is expected in terms of delivering on the government’s educational priorities for our children and young people. The NELP will help parents, whānau and caregivers, know more about what the government, as well as their local education service, sees as important in the education of their children and young people.

School boards and Early learning services need to have particular regard to the NELP when developing their strategic plans. Find out more about the new planning and reporting framework.

Indicative Timeline (may be subject to change

Oct to Nov 2018

Additional discussion with children, parents and selected groups to help develop a draft NELP  

Dec 2019

Analysis of EdConvo and additional discussion feedback and development of draft NELP

Feb 2019

Publish results of draft NELP consultation and EdConvo findings

Mid-April  2019

Paper to Cabinet on draft NELP

Mid May to mid-August 2019

Public consultation on the draft NELP

End of Oct 2019

Cabinet decides on final NELP

Jan 2020

Final NELP published

Further information

If your organisation would like to meet with us to help develop the draft NELP, please email the nelpmailbox@minedu.govt.nz