Tomorrow’s Schools Review

It has been nearly 30 years since Tomorrow’s Schools was introduced so the time is right for a review. The review will consider the fitness of our schooling system to equip all learners for the 21st century.

The review will look at the changes needed to governance, management and administration to better support all learners throughout their schooling.

Terms of reference

The terms of reference for the review were announced by the Minister of Education on 13 March 2018.

Download the Terms of Reference  [PDF, 318 KB]

The review will be conducted by an independent taskforce who were appointed by the Minister of Education on 3 April 2018.

Independent Taskforce members

Bali Haque, Chair, has provided leadership to principals and teachers as the President and Executive member of the Secondary Principals Association of New Zealand, and as an Executive member of the PPTA. He has been the Principal of four secondary schools and Deputy Chief Executive of NZQA. Author of Changing our Secondary Schools published in 2014, Bali critiques the education reform process in New Zealand since 1989. He also authored New Zealand Secondary Schools and your Child a Guide for Parents, published in 2017. Bali has presented extensively to school leaders and teachers on change management, strategic planning and self-review, professional development and assessment practice.

Barbara Ala’alatoa is a New Zealand Samoan, born and raised in Auckland. Barbara is currently Principal at Sylvia Park Primary School, where she and her team have designed a unique home school partnership, Mutukaroa, which has resulted in significant shifts in student achievement and is currently being rolled out to other schools. Barbara has over 30 years’ experience in teaching and working across the education sector, including lecturing at Auckland College of Education and co-ordinating schooling improvement at the Ministry of Education. In 2014, she received the Honour, Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to education. In 2015 she was appointed as inaugural Chair of the Education Council of Aotearoa NZ. Her term expires on 1 July 2018. 

Professor Mere Berryman, iwi: Ngāi Tūhoe, Ngāti Awa, Ngāti Whare, is a Professor at the University of Waikato and Director of Poutama pounamu. She aims to challenge the pervasive and historical discourses that perpetuate educational disparities for Māori students and disrupt these through school leadership and reform initiatives. In her research, she combines understandings from kaupapa Māori and critical theories and has published widely in this field. In 2016, she received the New Zealand Honour, Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to education and to Māori in education.

Professor John O’Neill is Head of the Institute of Education at Massey University. For over 35 years he has been a teacher, teacher educator and educational leader in schools and universities in England and New Zealand. In 2012, he received the Teacher Education Forum of Aotearoa New Zealand career excellence award and a Massey University Research Excellence medal. He is an honorary member of the Normal and Model School Principals’ Association and an honorary life member of the New Zealand Association for Research in Education.

Dr Cathy Wylie is a Chief Researcher at New Zealand Council for Educational Research (NZCER). Her main research expertise is education policy and how it impacts on learning, teaching, school leadership and more equal learning opportunities. Cathy’s 2012 book, Vital Connections, makes a case for system change to strengthen all our schools and counter uneven educational opportunities. Her longitudinal study 'Competent Learners' provides important understanding about engagement and achievement in learning from early childhood education into early adulthood, and of the importance of the national curriculum’s key competencies. Cathy received the NZ Association of Educational Researchers McKenzie Award in 2010 and was made a Member of the Order of New Zealand for services to education in 2014.

Cross-sector advisory panel

The taskforce are expected to consult widely with all stakeholders, including representatives of teachers, principals, boards of trustees, the LGBTQIA+ community, parents of children with learning support needs, employers and young people. This will include a cross-sector advisory panel of about 30 members.

The panel is expected to advise the Independent Taskforce on the strengths and challenges of the current system, the changes required to ensure equity and excellence for all children and young people, and how potential changes would work in practice and impact on those that have been under-served by the current system. The cross-sector advisory panel will be appointed before the end of April.

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