Tomorrow’s Schools review terms of reference

Minister of Education Chris Hipkins has announced the terms of reference for the review into Tomorrow’s Schools:


The terms of reference for a review of Tomorrow’s Schools released today sets the framework for a once in 30-year opportunity to shape the way our schools are led, managed and interact with their communities, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said.

“There’s been a lot of tinkering around the edges since Tomorrrow’s Schools was introduced, which has moved the governance, management and administration of schools further and further away from what it aimed to achieve. 

“This broad-based review gives schools, students and communities the opportunity to take part in drawing the blueprint for how schools should be organised from here on.

“It will look at how we can better support equity and inclusion for all children throughout their schooling, what changes are needed to support their educational success, and at the fitness of our school system to equip all our students for a rapidly changing world.

“The review will consider how schools might interact differently with their communities, with other schools, with employers, and with other government organisations, to serve the best interests of our young people.”       

An independent five-to-seven person taskforce will be appointed in April, which will consult widely before reporting back in November this year.

“The review is part of the Government’s championing of a high quality public education system,” Mr Hipkins said.

“We believe that every child deserves the opportunity to be the best they can be, regardless of where they live, or their personal circumstances. And we want to ensure our schools deliver that opportunity for all New Zealanders.

 “A key priority is for our schooling system will be to be more responsive to the needs of Māori and Pasifika children and those children needing learning support for whom the education system has not delivered in the past,” Mr Hipkins said.

The review will also consider the roles of the Ministry of Education, Education Review Office, New Zealand Qualifications Authority, New Zealand School Trustees Association, and the Education Council in supporting schools.

The review of Tomorrow’s Schools is part of the Government’s education work programme, announced in February. The terms of reference for the review are available at www.education.govt.nz/tsr

9 Comments

  1. PDB

     /  March 13, 2018

    Another day for this govt, another review by committee.

  2. Gezza

     /  March 13, 2018

    Well, the Press Release looks excellent except for the bit where they haven’t even made up their mind if it’s to be a 5, 6 or 7 person review team yet.

    But the link to the TOR’s not working.

    Hope they’ll be looking into activities at camps for school age kds too. Things can go wrong at these. Kids need warning about which ones to avoid.

  3. Corky

     /  March 13, 2018

    If Hipkins has any idea of what he’s doing he will forget about schools for the moment and concentrate on this:

    ”The review will also consider the roles of the Ministry of Education, Education Review Office, New Zealand Qualifications Authority, New Zealand School Trustees Association, and the Education Council in supporting schools.”

    That’s where the rot starts, along with teacher unions. As usual in New Zealand, we have trouble distinguishing which comes first…the horse or the buggy.

  4. Alan Wilkinson

     /  March 13, 2018

    When we see the taskforce composition we will know what conclusions they will produce.

    • Gezza

       /  March 13, 2018

      Have you seen the terms of reference?

      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  March 13, 2018

        Skimmed above. You don’t ask users to design systems. You ask them what they want and need. Then you get experts to design to meet those. Lumping it all in together will produce a dogs breakfast that leaves the taskforce free to do what it always wanted to do.

      • Gezza

         /  March 13, 2018

        Al? Al!! Wake up.

        Oh forget it!

        Has anyone seen the terms of reference?
        All I can find is this
        https://www.beehive.govt.nz/release/tomorrow%E2%80%99s-schools-review-terms-reference-announced
        & the link to the TOR doesn’t werk.

        Surely Hipkins isn’t THAT bloody stupid he hasn’t tested it? You can’t leave this sort of thing up to flunkies.

        • Alan Wilkinson

           /  March 13, 2018

          It works if you fix PG’s link: http://www.education.govt.nz/tsr

          And the link in that gives a pdf.

          • Gezza

             /  March 13, 2018

            Got the pdf from that now. Cheers.

            Maybe the Official Press Release just gives the education dept website address to visit & it’s somehow been turned into a non-working link on publication to the site.