Education Portfolio Work Programme

Our vision for the education portfolio is a high quality, fair, and inclusive education system that provides all New Zealanders with learning opportunities and prepares them for the future. To meet these aspirations our education system needs to change to meet the needs of the 21st century. As the way we live and work continues to change rapidly, so too do the demands we place on our education system. This will involve broad engagement and getting broad support about objectives then setting out clear strategies to work towards achieving them.

The Minister of Education has therefore outlined his Education work programme for the next 3 years. This maps out how he will realise this vision for the education system. It includes an Education Summit as the key vehicle to refine and enable shared ownership of this Government’s vision for the education portfolio, and the following main components:

1.1 An early learning strategic plan and a review of home-based early childhood education;

1.2 A review of Tomorrow’s Schools;

1.3 Developing a future-focused Education Workforce Strategy;

1.4 An action plan for learning support;

1.5 A comprehensive reform of school property;

1.6 A programme of change for the institute of technology and polytechnic (ITP) subsector and for vocational education more generally;

1.7 Supporting strong research that delivers outcomes for all New Zealanders;

1.8 The NCEA review, a new approach to measuring learners’ progress against the curricula, a long-term approach to the fees-free tertiary education and revision and development of the Statement of National Education and Learning Priorities, the Tertiary Education Strategy and the International Education Strategy (already signalled); and

1.9 A continuous focus on raising achievement for Māori learners through:

1.9.1 work on Ka Hikitia

1.9.2 development of a strategic pathway for Māori-medium education

1.9.3 providing long term solutions for the supply of Maori language teachers

1.9.4 improving transition from school to the work force and/or further education and training

1.10 A continued focus on raising achievement for Pasifika learners through work on the Pasifika Education Plan.

To ensure information of public interest is available, the document considered by Cabinet to take its decision on the Education Portfolio Work Programme has been proactively released:

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