100-day action plan education policies announced

Today, Education Minister Erica Stanford confirmed 3 Education portfolio actions as part of the Government’s 100-day action plan.

Cellphone restrictions

The first change requires schools to restrict ākonga | student's cellphone access in class. New regulations mean all schools will need to have a student phone rule in place by Term 2 2024, if they don’t already have one.

Phones away for the day

One hour a day teaching core skills

From the beginning of Term 1 2024, schools and kura with students in Years 0 to 8 will spend an average of an hour a day teaching each reading, writing and maths, as well as pānui, tuhituhi and pāngarau. This could be in dedicated lessons as well as through integration across all learning areas.

Information for educators – Tāhūrangi website(external link)

Information for parents, carers and whānau – Parents and whānau(external link)

Ministerial advisory group established

The Ministerial advisory group has been established in January 2024 to review parts of the refreshed NZ Curriculum relating to English and maths for primary and intermediate schools.

The 'Understand, Know, Do' framework within the refreshed curriculum is not being reviewed. Instead, the group will check if the amount of detail provided is sufficient for teaching purposes.

The group will make initial recommendations to the Minister before the end of February 2024.

Ministry Advisory group

Minister’s announcement – Beehive(external link)

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