Consultation on items being considered for an education bill – March 2018

Consultation closes on 13 April. We apologise for the short timeframe, which is due to the deadlines for drafting and introducing proposed legislative changes.

In February, the Minister of Education announced a broad work programme that takes a strategic approach to the future of the education sector.  This work will involve significant engagement across the education sector.  Read about the work programme.

In the meantime, the Government is also considering a number of smaller possible legislative changes.  If it is decided that law change is necessary, some of these changes would need to be in place before the next school year so that early learning services, schools, parents and students are clear on the law on matters such as cohort entry and communities of online learning (COOL).  There are also safety issues which the Government would like to address quickly. 

Prior to making decisions on what will be included and drafting the legislation, the Minister of Education has asked us to consult with the education sector on six items. For some items, the consultation will indicate if a law change is necessary, for others it will indicate which option is preferred by those who provide feedback to us.  

Before the bill is drafted, we are seeking views on the following issues:

  • Potential improvements to safety and police vetting requirements for non-children’s workers, such as contractors, in schools and for home-based early learning services. 
  • Repealing the start-up of communities of online learning (COOL), pending a conversation about the future of online learning in our education system.
  • Protecting the public interest in Education Council decision making by requiring the Council to consult government on issues relating to teacher training and registration, and enabling the Minister to issue a policy statement on matters relating to the teaching profession.  
  • Options for establishing a College of Educational Leadership with the power to set qualifications for leadership positions and to ensure that quality professional development programmes are available for educational leaders. 
  • Making student welfare a registration criteria for private schools.
  • Reinstating a skills leadership role for industry training organisations.

We would like to hear your views on as many of these issues as you wish. We are also writing to education peak bodies and to key parties who may have a direct interest in the issues listed above. Read discussion documents and information on how to make a submission.  If you would like further information please email consultation@education.govt.nz.

Consultation closes on 13 April. We apologise for the short timeframe, which is due to the deadlines for drafting and introducing proposed legislative changes. There will be a further opportunity to make submissions on any proposed legislation as part of the select committee process. We will keep you informed of these dates.

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