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Shaping a Stronger Education System with New Zealanders

Have your say on the draft Statement of National Education and Learning Priorities (NELP) and Tertiary Education Strategy (TES)

The Statement of National Education and Learning Priorities (NELP) and Tertiary Education Strategy (TES) translate the vision and objectives for education into priorities for places of learning from early learning through to tertiary education. For the first time, we are taking an integrated approach to set the direction for the education system.

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What is the TES?

The Tertiary Education Strategy (TES) sets out the Government’s long-term strategic direction and current and medium term priorities for tertiary education. The Tertiary Education Commission must give effect to the TES and the New Zealand Qualifications Authority must have regard to it. Tertiary Education Organisations (TEOs) must show how they will contribute to achieving the priorities set out in the TES through their investment plans. The draft TES proposes priorities for the future of tertiary education and proposed actions to achieve these priorities.   

Informing a Draft TES

The draft TES has been informed by Kōrero Mātauranga | the Education Conversation, along with targeted engagement with ākonga/learners, providers and other key stakeholders across the country to hear their views and vision for the future of tertiary education in New Zealand. Learnings from consultation on the Reform of Vocational Education (RoVE) and other key engagements have provided additional insight into the development of this draft TES.

The Government’s focus on integration across all education outcomes ensures this draft TES is connected to and aligned with the governements strategic objectives for education and the Statement of National Education and Learning Priorities. The TES will also be aligned with the International Education Strategy and the Pacific Education consultation, Ka Hikitia, the Learning Support Action Plan and the Careers Strategy and Action Plan. We look forward to hearing additional feedback on the draft TES and proposed priorities during public consultation. 

The TES consultation closes on the 25th of October 2019.