Have your say on the Education Act

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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Public consultation on the Government’s revamp of the Education Act is now open and anyone with an interest in the future of our education system is welcome to submit their views.

The Education Act informs the direction of New Zealand’s education so this update to the Act will make a real difference to the schooling of children in our communities.

When the reforms known as Tomorrow’s Schools were introduced in 1989 they transformed the way education was administered. For the first time, local communities - not a centralised bureaucracy - became responsible for running schools.

However, the current Act is 26 years old and provides little guidance to schools on what educational success looks like.

The proposed update to the Education Act draws on the recommendations of the Taskforce on Regulations Affecting School Performance which reported in 2014 that the Act focused on structures and administration.

The Government wants to shift the focus of the Act from the administration of schooling and compliance to raising student achievement.

The Act should clearly say what is expected of boards and allow the Government to set out a statement of national priorities.

The priorities and goals for education are presently scattered across multiple documents. The update will look at bringing them all together and writing them into the legislation.

We know more than we ever have before about how well children and young people are doing in education at all levels of our education systems so this is an opportunity to redesign the Act to centre on student achievement in the 21st century.

The discussion document contains a number of proposals, but they are not set in stone. We want to hear from the public what they want from the education system.

The consultation process opened on the 2nd of November and runs until 5pm on December 14th.

Further information about the consultation and how to make submissions can be found at www.education.govt.nz/education-act-update.