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Tomorrow's Schools Review - Sutton Park School staff meeting

20 August

Taskforce member Barbara Ala’alatoa (top row, second from left) met with the staff at Sutton Park School in Mangere. The staff told Barbara that parent voice needs to be strong in schools, schools need to be able to make decisions that are important to their community (such as bilingual education provision) and students’ heritage should be alive in their school.

Sutton Park School staff meeting

Amongst many other things they also suggested compulsory professional development for Boards of Trustees and having specialists to manage property and finance for the BoT.

Tomorrow's Schools Review - Year 9+ Champions, Gisborne 

14 August

Taskforce member Professor Mere Berryman (seated, second from left) met with a group of Year 9+ champions in Gisborne.  These champions work with at-risk young people to help them stay in education.

Year 9+ Champions

They told Mere about the challenges these young people, and their families, face in remaining engaged in education. They discussed the need for young people to have allies to address these barriers, through schools and the system as a whole.

Tomorrow's Schools Review - Napier Kahui Ako

26 July

Taskforce Chair Bali Haque (far left in photo) was in Napier to meet with leaders and across-school teachers from three Napier Kāhui Ako.

Napier Kahui Ako

The group told Bali that the Kahui Ako model is leading to more information sharing, collaboration and connections at a community level but the implementation has been challenging.

Tomorrow's Schools Review - Hawke’s Bay Secondary School Principals’ Association

26 July

Taskforce Chair Bali Haque (far right in photo) met with the Hawke’s Bay Secondary School Principals’ Association in Napier.

Hawke’s Bay Secondary School Principals’ Association

The Principals told Bali that the requirements on teachers to prove competence to the Education Council every year, regardless of their ongoing performance, is a burden. Suggestions for change included more mentoring and leadership support for principals and moving responsibility for property off individual schools (but not going back to a centralised system). They also said specialist subject advisors would help the provinces get access to best practice. Find out more about the Tomorrow's Schools Review.

Tomorrow's Schools Review - Ngai Tahu and Matauraka Makaanui, Christchurch

18 July 2018

Taskforce member Dr Cathy Wylie (second from left in photo) met with representatives of Ngai Tahu and Matauraka Makaanui (pictured) in Christchurch.

Ngai Tahu and Matauraka Makaanui, Christchurch

They told Cathy of the educational barriers they observe Maori students face in the South Island, and shared experiences of challenging cultural environments at school. They talked about effective programmes they ran and the opportunities to help overcome these challenges. Find out more about the Tomorrow's Schools Review.

Tomorrow's Schools Review - NZ School Trustees Association Conference

20-22 July 2018

Taskforce members were at the NZ School Trustees Association conference meeting with trustees and principals. Here is Bali Haque, Mere Berryman and Barbara Ala’alatoa with one of the focus groups they heard from.

NZ School Trustees Association Conference

They heard about the different experiences of trustees and the opportunities and challenges of the current system. Key themes were the inconsistency in capability across boards, and the need for greater support for both trustees and schools. Find out more about the Tomorrow's Schools Review.

Education Conversation - Pacific Education Fono, Porirua 

26 July 2018

Around 150 attendees participated in a bold and brave talanoa at the Porirua Pacific Education Fono last night as part of Education Conversation | Kōrero Mātauranga to give Pacific communities a unique opportunity to have a say of the kind of education system they want.

Pacific Education Fono, Porirua

NCEA Review - Co-Lab, Wellington

19 July 2018

The mid-NCEA Review Co-Lab in Wellington, attended by 150 students, teachers, principals, union and employer representatives and others from the sector.

NCEA Review

The full day collaborative workshop also involved members of the Ministry Advisory Group (MAG), led by Jeremy Baker, and the wider reference and youth reference groups.

Education Conversation - Ethnic Representatives meeting, Auckland

19 July 2018

Representatives of Auckland's ethnic communities met with Ministry staff today to learn more about EdConvo Kōrero Mātauranga and how to participate in the conversation. The New Zealand population consists more than 200 ethnicities. Around two-thirds of new migrant, ethnic New Zealanders live in the Auckland region.

 meeting of ethnic representatives

Education Conversation - Fono for Pacific communities, Christchurch

17 July 2018

A great turn out and some really thought-provoking discussions at the Education Conversation Pacific fono in Christchurch, hosted by Associate Education Minister Jenny Salesa.

Christchurch Pacific Education Fono

Education Conversation - Fono for Pacific communities, West Auckland

11 July 2018

The importance of reflecting Pacific culture, language and identity in the education system was a key theme at the Education Conversation | Kōrero Mātauranga Pacific fono in West Auckland. Over 900 people attended fono in the Auckland region.

Fono for Pacific Island communities

Tomorrow's Schools Review - YouthLaw Aotearoa

10 July 2018

Taskforce Chair Bali Haque (bottom right) and member Barbara Ala’alatoa (bottom left) met with representatives of YouthLaw Aotearoa in Auckland this week. 

YouthLaw Aotearoa

Find out more about the Tomorrow's Schools review and events.

NCEA Review - Ambassador Workshop, Canterbury

July 2018

The largest workshop to date was held in Christchurch this month when over 120 people who had expressed an interest in being an ambassador attended. Commitment from the region was evident in the number of attendees and attributed to the success of the workshop.

NCEA Review Ambassador Workshop Canterbury 

Canterbury West Coast Secondary Principals’ Association President and Regional Engagement Leader for the NCEA review Phil Holstein says “I am enjoying working with the enthusiastic team of ambassadors committed to driving the review and making it accessible and relevant to all New Zealanders.” 

Tomorrow's Schools Review - Learning Disabilities Association New Zealand conference

6-7 July 2018

Taskforce member Professor John O’Neill (far left in the photo) met with attendees of the Learning Disabilities Association New Zealand conference on the weekend. Here he is with one of the focus groups he heard from.

Learning Disabilities Association New Zealand conference

Find out more about the Tomorrow's Schools review and events.

NCEA Review - Workshop, Whangarei 

25 June 2018

NCEA in Whangarei

Parents, teachers and other interested attendees discuss the future of NCEA in Whangarei last month -  at one of the first of 23 public workshops being held around the country.

The next round of workshops starts in Wellington on July 23.  Find out more about the NCEA conversation.