Release of first report on the Education Conversation | Kōrero Mātauranga

14,000 New Zealanders have so far joined the Education Conversation | Korero Mātauranga on the future of education, by filing in our survey.

The survey does not close until the end of July, so you can still have your say.

Education Conversation | Kōrero Mātauranga survey

We have now completed our first report on the main themes from 11,000 of these responses.

First report on the Education Conversation | Kōrero Mātauranga

The common themes emerging from the responses looked at so far include: 

  • No students should be disadvantaged due to financial or family circumstances.
  • Teachers need better remuneration and to have better supporting staff and strategies to improve teaching practice.
  • Children with additional learning needs require more funding and support.
  • Students should be resilient, capable, resourceful, independent, socially competent and curious.
  • Students need recognising for their contribution to family/whānau, hapu, iwi, and community.
  • Students need to be able to think critically, innovate, respect others, and take responsibility. They need good communication skills, and strong foundation skills in literacy and numeracy.
  • Young people feel there is too much focus on assessments, this is a burden on them and their teachers.
  • Many parents identified reducing bullying as a priority.
  • Many felt the curriculum should focus on progress rather than testing or benchmarking.
  • Differences in achievement between Māori and Pacific students and Pākehā need addressing, and there should be better teaching of Māori culture and history. Some felt te reo Māori should be compulsory, at least in primary schools.

Feedback from the survey will help develop the vision for the future of education in New Zealand for the next thirty years, and to inform the various aspects of the Government’s Education Work Programme as we seek to build the world’s best education system.

To see the makeup of the Education Work Programme, and the specific engagements that are taking place, or soon will, as part of it, visit the Education Conversation | Kōrero Mātauranga website. 

Education Work Programme Overview

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