Ensuring all students have access to mobile digital devices.
Extra funding for ECE centres that employ 100% qualified and registered teachers.
Supporting new public early childhood centres in areas of low-provision.
Ensure all students have professional personalised career advice before leaving high school.
Introduce a Young Entrepeneurs Policy to allow 18-23 year olds to trade three years free and apply for a $20,000 grant.
Increase the number of people pursuing trades qualifications and employment by offering an award for top Year 12 and 13 students in vocational courses in every public secondary school.
Change funding system to encourage the development of 'hop on, hop off' training to equalise the focus that is placed on completing a qualification and gaining work experience.
Increasing number of social workers available to all levels of the education sector to ensure schools are supported in dealing with behavioural issues.
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Review learning support so that resources are allocated based on individual needs of each child.
Ensuring all teachers and support staff receive professional development and information on inclusive education and disability awareness to ensure active participation of all students.
Involving ITOs to a greater extent to offer career advice and guidance to school leavers.
Ensuring every student has a personalised career and learning development plan for their first year at secondary school, professionalising career advice and integrating it into learning.
Ensure every high school has highly trained, skilled, careers advice teachers who are properly funded through ring-fenced funding to do their jobs.
Rebuilding out-dated and unsuitable classrooms.
Ensure that schools and tertiary institutions do not rely on revenue from international students to make ends meet.
Restoring post-graduate students’ eligibility for student allowances.
Improving group sizes and teacher/child ratios for infants and toddlers.
Ensuring that assistive technology is funded by the Ministry of Education where schools are unable to afford.
Review funding system for guidance counsellors in schools and consider how additional counselling services can be offered to primary and intermediate school students.
Ensure that all early childhood and primary school teachers are provided with an opportunity to undertake lessons in Te Reo Māori.
Support and lift the quality of ECE provision of services with a focus initially on providers who predominantly enrol Pacific children.
Establish a Pacific education for life initiative in communities with high Pacific populations.
Review the level of funding and support provided to schools that offer bi-lingual teaching in Pacific languages.
Putting the “free” back into the policy of 20 hours free early childhood education for all three and four year olds, and those five-year-olds who aren’t yet in school.
Strictly enforce guidelines that prevent schools charging for any aspect of curriculum delivery and ensure they are funded properly so they don’t need to do so.
New guidelines to prevent schools covertly fundraising, for example through the sale of compulsory school uniforms at a profit to the school.
Investigate the introduction of ‘First in Family’ scholarships to help those from families with no prior achievement in higher education to participate.
Work with iwi to increase the range of financial support available to Māori students undertaking education at all levels.
Investigate greater incentives to support those currently living overseas who have fallen into default on their student loan payments to restart their repayments.
Review the discrepancies between the financial support provided to those on the Job Seeker allowance and those who are returning to formal education and training.
Ensure that 3 years of free post-school education is available to adult learners who have not participated in formal post-school education in the past.
Ensuring that over time all teachers have access to study awards as part of their career pathway.
Continue to work with sector unions to develop and strengthen career pathways for teachers at all levels, including further leadership pathways for teachers who want to stay in the classroom doing the job they love.
Work with the early childhood sector to continually improve the working conditions for teachers, including ensuring they have professional release time and a career progression framework.
Work with the secondary teaching profession to assess how subject-specific professional networks can be revitalised and better supported.
Review the time allocation for teachers to engage in professional development and negotiate with unions through collective processes to increase the level of support provided to teachers engaging in their own learning and development.
Extend the mandate of the Education Review Office to include initial teacher education providers.
Immediately cease the sale of school houses and review the way maintenance of existing school houses are funded.
Establish a comprehensive education advisory service to share best-practice and act as mentors and advisors to teachers throughout New Zealand.
Establish a College of Educational Leadership that will operate as part of the education advisory service.
Reviewing the funding system for integrated schools to ensure that education at integrated schools is genuinely made more widely available to all prospective students and fees are not used as a barrier to attendance.
Directing subsidies for the establishment of new early childhood education centres to the community based-sector.
Recognise and support the role of schools as community hubs.
Work with schools and community-based early childhood education centres to ensure that their capital funding is sufficient to allow them to rebuild outdated facilities and expand to meet growing demand.
Work towards the implementation of a Living Wage for all school support staff, over time as funding permits.
Ensure that schools are adequately resourced to meet any increased costs arising out of collective agreement settlements for support staff who aren’t centrally funded.
Continue to develop and strengthen Support Staff career framework.
Establish a “Helping Hands for Schools” programme to match volunteers with governance skills to schools struggling to fill skill gaps on their boards of trustees.
Encourage closer association between business and university commercialisation centres to ensure ‘discoveries’ within the universities are most effectively brought to market.
Reaffirm the important role of students in institutional decision-making, including on governing councils and academic boards and committees, and the vital role of students associations as advocates, representatives, and champions of student culture.
Remove the cap on ITO training above Level 5 of the Qualifications Framework.
Work to incentivise pathways between provider-based and work-based education, such as by not punishing providers' performance indicators when their students gain employment - especially when this articulates into industry training or apprenticeships.
Collaborate with those working in schools and early childhood centres to re-develop the Communities of Learning model so that it is less focused on a low-trust, managerial, audit culture and is instead genuinely collaborative, embraces the needs of local communities, and empowers educationalists.
Re-establish the Tertiary Tripartite Forum with institutions, staff and government representatives to address issues of effectiveness and sustainability in universities, ITPs and wānanga.
Work in partnership with sector stakeholders and some of New Zealand’s biggest companies to establish a New Zealand Skills Strategy covering areas such as workplace literacy and numeracy, skills matching, and global labour supply.
Restore skills leadership roles to industry training organisations and reinstate the Skills Leadership Group to capture data about skills gaps, needs and projections.
Abolishing school donations by offering $150 per student for schools that don't ask parents for donations.
Restore funding for computers in homes.
Establish a fund for professional development programmes aimed at supporting gifted learners.
Ensuring every child with special needs and learning difficulties can participate fully in school life.
Fund programmes that support senior citizens to adopt changing technology.
Safe cycling and walking around schools to be a transport priority.
Ensuring everyone has access to timely and high quality mental health services, including free counselling for under 25 year olds.
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Progressively increase level of financial support for early intervention in early childhood education centres to better support those with additional needs.
Progressively increase financial support to those with additional learning needs - long-term goal of uncapping ORRs and the intensive Wraparound Service.
Ensure that the role of SENCOs in each school is recognised, resourced and supported.
Ensure sufficient speech and language therapists are funded, recruited and retained.
Ensure all students have access to NZ Sign Language at school and ensure teachers have access to gain proficiency in sign language.
Provide dedicated scholarships to increase the number of Te Reo Māori teachers and ensure that Te Reo Māori is available as option to all students.
Increase availability of bonded scholarships in areas of identified teaching shortages, such as science, maths, Te Reo Māori.
Implement a comprehensive teacher supply programme to ensure that we have enough teachers to meet future demand.
Review the Tertiary Education Commission to focus on foster collaboration, access, relevance and excellence.
Development of regional tertiary education strategies that will include focus on ensuring regional labour market needs, research and development are being met by tertiary institutions.
Review the Performance Based Research Fund.
Establish Centres of Vocational Excellence to provide a focus for driving excellence in training, research and innovation in a particular industry.
Improve the way ITPs and ITOs work together including through joint curriculum development, clearer qualifications and more flexible learning pathways.
Support research in Universities through supporting the career pathways of graduates to encourage our researchers to develop their careers.
Ensuring there is a strong network of regional public institutions to meet the labour market and skill needs of our regions.
Start the review of school and early childhood funding from the beginning, ensuring that equity is a component of a well-funded system and will involve the profession from the beginning.
Continue to develop partnerships between schools, businesses and training providers to provide young people with hands on experience in schools encouraging flexible approaches like the Gateway and STAR programmes.
Provide support for community based programmes for people to learn an array of languages.
Establish an inter-generational family learning policy in partnership with churches, schools, non-government organisations and Pacific providers.
Re-establish support for Pacific languages including reinstating funding for the Tupu series.
Re-establish the Gifted Advisory Board to be supported by a dedicated team within the Ministry of Education and will also be allocated a budget to commission research.
Establish a joint task force with the teaching profession to reduce the amount of compliance-focused paperwork teachers are required to complete.
Ensure that all teachers are provided with the opportunity to improve their own digital literacy and make the most of technology in their teaching.
Restart the Te Kotahitanga Professional development initiative.
Undertake a review of home-based early childhood education, investigating the introduction of minimum levels for all home-based educators.
Make tertiary education more affordable and reduce the number of students living in financial hardship.
Increasing student allowances and living cost payments.
Support apprenticeships with incentives for employers to take on unemployed young people as apprentices.
Undertake a review of the current NCEA related assessment load on students and teachers.
Review the current inequities between the financial support offered to those who seek to retrain or re-educate after they find themselves unable to find work and those receiving a Job Seeker benefit.
Pilot the establishment of traditional Wananga Māori to provide an opportunity for Māori to succeed as Māori through traditional learning that is steeped in karakia, whakapapa, whaikorero, history and esoteric knowledge.
Fund dedicated professional development programmes that have proven success in raising educational achievement for Māori students such as Te Kotahitanga.
Increasing living costs support with both a $50 a week boost to student allowances and a $50 a week lift to the maximum that can be borrowed for living costs.
Restoring the eligibility of students in long courses, such as medicine, to access student allowances or loans beyond seven years FTE study.
Investigate voluntary bonding arrangements whereby graduates can have some or all of their loan written-off in exchange for work in the public sector or in areas of critical skill shortage.
Re-direct resources spent forcing “National Standards” on schools into teacher professional development programmes that assist students who are struggling.
Instigate a review of teacher supply policy relating to Auckland in consultation with those in the profession.
Fund a dedicated, positive public relations programme to promote teaching as a profession to school leavers and university graduates.
Scrapping the use of Public Private Partnerships for the build of new schools and the re-building of existing school facilities.
Repealing the legislation allowing for Charter Schools.
Freezing taxpayer subsidies for private schools at 2016 levels and scrapping the Aspire scholarships for private school students.
Provide free Teacher Education Refresher (TER) courses for teachers returning to teaching or whose registration has otherwise lapsed, including those returning from maternity or parental leave.
Support research in universities through a continued commitment to Centres of Research Excellence.
Support research in universities through ensuring the sustainability of the Marsden Fund and other research funds.
Review the pathway from international student visas to work and residency to ensure that low quality education isn’t used primarily as a backdoor way to gain residency.
Convene an ‘Education Summit’ to identify future challenges and map out a shared vision that all those involved with the education system can support and champion.
Establish an independent taskforce to review 25 years of Tomorrow’s Schools, informed by a designated cross-sector advisory panel.
Encourage employers to take on unemployed young people as apprentices by giving them a wage subsidy equivalent to the unemployment benefit.