Education work programme

In late 2014, Cabinet approved a work programme for education for this term of Government.

The work programme has since been incorporated into our strategic intentions for early childhood education and schooling, which are published in our Four-year plan (Oct 2015). See: Four Year Plan and statements of intent.

Our goal is to raise the achievement and participation of all children and young people so that through educational success, New Zealanders will have the skills and knowledge they need for work and life.  

In this Cabinet Paper, the Minister of Education outlines the projects that were proposed or under way to enable more equitable participation, engagement and achievement.

Since this Cabinet paper, the work programme has progressed, and the approach, scope and timeframes for individual projects have been adjusted.

Progress since this Cabinet Paper, includes:

  • There are now 96 Communities of Learning across the country, involving 789 schools and just over 250,000 students under the Investing in Education Success banner.
  • Consultation on the update of the Education Act 1989 opened on 2 November and closed on 14 December. Over 1800 submissions were received, and 120 workshops and face to face meetings were held as part of the consultation. A report summarising all the feedback will be made available. There will be a further chance to comment on any specific change proposals through a Parliamentary Select Committee process in 2016.
  • We are reviewing all education funding systems to assess how they can better raise the educational achievement of all learners and reduce educational disparity. We are looking at all aspects of ECE and schooling funding, and all types of funding, including grants, staffing and property.  We have been looking critically at the current funding systems, reviewing relevant literature and funding approaches in other countries and gathering perspectives from other sectors. 
  • The Special Education Update engaged with over 3,650 stakeholders in 156 hui and forums across New Zealand.  Engagement findings and next steps to improve services and the wider system of additional learning support were released on 3 December 2015.
  • The scope of the planned review of Careers NZ has now been broadened to encompass the careers system (external link) as a whole, including the strengths and weaknesses of the current system, the outcomes government expects from the careers system, the role of government in supporting the system, and the roles and responsibilities of government agencies, education providers and the private sector. The review is expected to be completed in early 2016.
  • The Education Council of Aotearoa New Zealand has been established, changes to professional learning and development for teachers have been announced and the Advisory Group on Early Learning (external link) has published its report.

Cabinet paper - Mid point Report on the Māori Education Strategy Ka Hikitia – Accelerating Success 2013-2017 and the Pasifika Education Plan 2013-2017

This paper is a report, from the Ministers for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment, and Education, on the results achieved at the mid-point of the Government’s Māori Education Strategy Ka Hikitia – Accelerating Success and the Pasifika Education, and on the next steps to continue accelerating success for and with Māori and Pasifika learners, and their parents, whānau, iwi and communities.

The report tracks Māori and Pasifika educational achievement and participation. It shows continued annual improvements for Māori and Pasifika students against most measures. This includes positive shifts for Māori and Pasifika learners against all government Better Public Service targets for participation in early childhood education (ECE), NCEA Level 2 achievement (for 18 year olds)  and achievement at New Zealand Qualifications Framework (NZQF) Level 4 or above (for 25-34 year olds).


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