The role of the Ministry of Education

The Ministry of Education is the Government’s lead advisor on the education system, shaping direction for education agencies and providers and contributing to the Government’s goals for education.

Our purpose and behaviours

Our purpose

Lifting aspiration and raising educational achievement for every New Zealander

Our behaviours

We get the job done  Ka oti i a mātou ngā mahi

We are respectful, we listen, we learn  He rōpū manaaki, he rōpū whakarongo, he rōpū ako mātou

We back ourselves and others to win  Ka manawanui ki a mātou me ētahi ake kia wikitoria

We work together for maximum impact  Ka mahi ngātahi mo te tukinga nui tonu

Great Results are our bottom line  Ko ngā huanga tino pai a mātou whāinga mutunga

In the early childhood and schooling sectors we have responsibility for strategic leadership, policy development and have a substantial operational role.

Our role in the tertiary sector is focused on leadership and setting direction, stewardship and governance and monitoring and evaluation. The Tertiary Education Commission and the New Zealand Qualifications Authority have a more direct interface with the tertiary education sector.

Our activities come under seven key areas.

Strategic leadership in the sector

We develop strategic policy for the education sector and deliver services to the sector. We undertake education research and analysis and monitor education sector capability and viability. This involves coordination with other sector and government agencies and forums and some cross sector work programmes.

Support and resources for the community

We deliver policies, programmes and services focused on improving the community’s knowledge of and participation in the education system. This involves working with parents, iwi, and Pasifika advisors and community groups to get greater participation in education, providing information to enable decisions to be made about education options and providing education programmes for stakeholders to support the education system.

Support and resources for education providers

We ensure that education providers have the resources and support they need to deliver services to students, which includes administering a range of legislative and regulatory controls, determination and delivery of funding and other resources, providing services that support the governance, management and operation of education providers, and monitoring and intervening in providers that are at risk in relation to financial viability, student achievement and participation.

School property portfolio management

We have responsibility for all education property owned by the Crown. This involves managing the existing property portfolio, upgrading and improving the portfolio, purchasing and constructing new property to meet increased demand, identifying and disposing of surplus State school sector property and managing teacher and caretaker housing.

Support and resources for teachers

We support teachers’ and principals’ professional leadership, learning and teaching which involves the development of national guidelines, providing curriculum statements and achievement standards, resources to support teaching, learning and assessment and professional leadership and providing professional development programmes, scholarships and awards. The Ministry also administers the teachers' payroll.

Interventions for target student groups

We deliver policies, resources and services focused on targeted students groups’ or individuals’ participation in education which includes targeted interventions, specialist support services, funding and other resources and special education services to children and young people with special learning and developmental needs.

Strategic leadership in the tertiary system

We deliver policies and services focused on our leadership role in the tertiary sector. This includes the development of strategic policy for the tertiary sector and international education, undertaking relevant research and analysis, and monitoring the performance and capacity of Crown entities. We also represent the education sector internationally.

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