Education Funding System Review - next steps (November - early 2017)
Following sector feedback, the Minister of Education announced, on 18 November 2016, that the Ministry of Education is now taking a number of initial proposals for change to the education funding system, for early childhood education (ECE), ngā kohanga reo and schooling, to detailed design and testing.
The Review is part of the Government’s Education Work Programme for building a sustainable, fit for purpose education system that enables all young New Zealanders to achieve educational success.
There is a lot more work to do before final decisions are made on which, if any, of the proposals are implemented.
A paper that went to Cabinet in October 2016 reported back on the outcome of the engagement with the sector and made recommendations for next steps:
Please note that some deletions have been made from the Cabinet Paper under the following sections of the Official Information Act 1982:
- Section 9(2)(f)(iv) to maintain constitutional conventions which protect the confidentiality of advice tendered by Ministers of the Crown and officials.
In preparing this information release, the Ministry of Education has considered the public interest considerations in section 9(1) of the Official Information Act 1982.
Technical Reference Groups
To assist with this next phase of work, a number of topic-specific Technical Reference Groups, made up of education and sector experts, will advise on detailed design and inform further policy development.
Members of the groups will contribute to the Review, drawing on their technical knowledge, expertise and advice to assist in answering topic-specific questions that have arisen as part of the early policy development process.
Selection of members of the Reference Groups was based on their technical knowledge and expertise of the curriculum including learning areas, competencies, values, assessment and delivery of specific features of New Zealand’s education system.
The Technical Reference Groups, and their objectives, are listed below:
|Technical Reference Group||Design objectives|
|Curriculum-based per child progress||
|Dealing with disadvantage||
|Small and Isolated||
|Using data to improve outcomes||
Technical reference group participants
|Name - Curriculum||School or Service|
|Sarah Martin||Stonefields School, Auckland|
|Nancy Mc Farlane||Glenholme School|
|Scott Haines||Waimea College|
|Kaylene MacNee||Pinehaven School|
|Ngaire Harris||Hauraki Plains College, Waikato|
|Russell Burt||Pt England School, Auckland|
|Watson Ohia||Te Wharekura o Ngā Taiātea|
|Uenuku Fairhall||Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Te Koutu|
|Lesley Murrihy||Amesbury School, Wellington|
|Sheryll Ofner||Selwyn College|
|Mary Chamberlain||Director of Evaluation Associates & consultant|
|Rowan Brickell||(Expert Secretariat)|
|Cath Rau||PSKH Hamilton|
|Mike Hollings||Te Kura – Correspondence School|
|Name – Data to improve outcomes||School or Service|
|Tony Kane||Kapiti College|
|Andy Kai Fong||Haeata Aranui Community Campus|
|Lorraine Taylor||Lynmore Primary School, Rotorua|
|Frances Nelson||Fairburn School, Otahuhu, Auckland|
|Irene Cooper||Hillcrest School (retired)|
|Jill Farquharson||Auckland Normal Intermediate|
|Nori Parata||Tolaga Bay Area School|
|Dr. Gill Thomas||Education Technology Ltd , Dunedin|
|Dr Michael Johnston||Victoria University|
|Arihia Stirling||Te Kura Maori o Nga Tapuwae|
|Tanya Harvey||Auckland Kindergarten Association|
|Fiona Hughes||BestStart Educare|
|Name - Disadvantage||School or service|
|Anne Miles||McAuley High School, Otahuhu|
|Dave Appleyard||Rata St School, Naenae|
|Allan Vester||Edgewater College, Chair Secondary Principals’ Council|
|Clare Wells||Chief Executive Officer, NZ Kindergartens Inc.|
|Dianne Pollard- Williams||Melville Primary School Hamilton|
|Richard Edmundson||Linwood College, Christchurch|
|Phil Heeney||TKKM o Te Waiu o Ngati Porou|
|Brendon Morrissey||Kaitaia Primary School, Northland|
|Cathy Chalmers||Greenmeadows Intermediate, Auckland|
|John Murdoch||Mana College, Wellington|
|Iain Taylor||New Zealand Prinicpals' Federation|
|Name – Small/Isolated||School or Service|
|Susan Bailey||Co-president, Playcentre Federation|
|Gary Pasco||Roxburgh Area School (composite)|
|Grant Burns||Tauraroa Area School|
|Sean McDermott||Bay of Islands International Academy|
|Lynley Ward||Makarora Primary School|
|Louise Sheeran||Principal (Acting), Piopio College, Waikato Region|
|Simon Fuller||Opunake High School, Taranaki|
|Martin Mikaere||Te Wharekura o Manaia (composite school – Māori Medium Year 1-15 (Kura ā-Iwi))|
|Te Rahui August-Sutherland||Te Whanau-a-Apanui|
|Henarata Ham||Te Kura o Hirangi, Turangi|
Ministerial Advisory Group
The Advisory Group, formed in May 2016, will be re-convened as a Ministerial Advisory Group from November 2016. The Minister of Education will chair the new group.
The Ministerial Advisory Group brings together the same group of representatives from across early childhood education (ECE) and ngā kōhanga reo and schooling that were on the former Advisory Group.
The Ministerial Advisory Group will meet regularly to be updated by the Minister on work being progressed as part of the next stage of the review and to have the opportunity to provide feedback as it progresses.
In addition to the Technical Reference Groups, the following proposals will also be progressed to the next stage of policy design and testing:
Proposal Design objectives
|Independent schools - to progress following the completion of the technical working groups||
Updates on the review’s progress will be given at National and Regional Cross-Sector Forums held from February 2017.
We'll post a list of these forums here shortly.
Next Steps: Indicative Timeline
|Nov 2016-early 2017||2017-2019||2020|
|Continued policy work to develop and test proposals, with support of Technical Reference Groups||Engagement with Ministerial Advisory Group to further test directions of change||Ongoing sector and public engagement on proposed changes||Further policy development and testing of components for change. Cabinet agrees components for implementation||Implementation of any new funding components to start|
Although this round of engagement has been completed, you can still email email@example.com if you have any questions about the Review of Education Funding Systems for early childhood education (ECE) and ngā kōhanga reo, and schooling.
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