As part of the national Education Conversation | Kōrero Mātauranga, the Government is reviewing Tomorrow’s Schools – the name given to the reforms that dramatically changed the governance, management and administration of our schools nearly 30 years ago.
The review is wide ranging. It looks at the way our schooling system works, and whether it meets the needs and aspirations of all learners. The review is being carried out by an Independent Taskforce of experts appointed by the Minister of Education in April 2018. The Taskforce is due to report back to the Minister in 9 November 2018.
Over five months, the Taskforce has met with over 200 groups around the country, 2,275 people completed the online surveys, 85 formal submissions were received, and there were 1,389 comments on social media posts. They have also met with politicians from all sides, and with the Cross-Sector Advisory Panel four times.
Common themes from the consultation and engagement are around school board and Ministry of Education capability, community representation, student voice, cultural responsiveness, funding, resourcing, collaboration, enrolment, zoning, choice and competition.
The Taskforce are now in the process of developing their recommendations to the Minister. The key theme of the report will be equity and excellence. The Taskforce want to ensure that every child, wherever and whoever they are gets a fair deal and receives the best quality education possible.