In early 2018, learners/ākonga, parents, employers, iwi, communities, educators, and the Government, started to talk about what New Zealand needs from education now and into the future, and how to make this happen. The statement above is the vision that has arisen from these conversations. It's grounded in New Zealanders’ aspirations for education – to enable every New Zealander to learn and excel, to help their whānau and communities thrive, and to build a productive and sustainable economy and an open and caring society.
The consultation on the draft National Education and Learning Priorities and the Tertiary Education Strategy outlines five objectives for education. These objectives run across early learning services, schools and tertiary education. They are:
Objective One: Learners at the centre – learners with their whānau are at the centre of education
Objective Two: Barrier free access –great education opportunities and outcomes are within reach for every learner
Objective Three: Quality teaching and leadership – quality teaching and leadership make the difference for learners and their whānau
Objective Four: Future of learning and work – learning that is relevant to the lives of New Zealanders today and throughout their lives
Objective Five: World class inclusive public education –New Zealand education is trusted and sustainable