Every child is entitled to a high-quality, free, accessible public education that gives them the best possible start in life.

Well-funded public education is the cornerstone of the education system

  • State schools should be funded so they are not reliant on donations, fees, or fundraising.
  • Public funding for private schools should be phased out and transferred to public schools.
  • The Green Party does not support charter schools, but does support flexibility in the education system for diverse types of education, provided the core curriculum is delivered.
  • Public-private partnerships should not be used for building or running schools.
  • NCEA should be retained and improved. National Standards should be replaced with a system developed by teachers using national data to inform and support individual learning.

Early childhood education sets children up for educational success

  • 20 hours free early childhood funding care should reflect actual costs.
  • A target should be set for 100% qualified early childhood education staff, with funding.
  • Diverse models of early childhood care should be encouraged, including Maori and Pacific language immersion and parent-led models like Playcentre.

Schools are at the heart of community wellbeing

  • Schools should be community hubs, providing health services, internet access, cultural services, adult education programmes, working collaboratively with community institutions.
  • Schools should support work-experience programmes and work with local businesses to ensure students are able to pursue a wide range of post-school options.

Te Tiriti education is an important part of Aotearoa New Zealand

  • Te reo Maori education should be universally provided and well resourced.
  • Te Tiriti o Waitangi should be incorporated throughout the education system at all levels.
  • Government should provide resources and specific incentives for teachers to learn te reo and teach in kura kaupapa, kohanga reo, full immersion, and bilingual schools.
  • Funding for programmes like Te Kotahitanga and Ka Hikitia should increase.

Children with special needs are entitled to high-quality public education

  • All public schools should be resourced to provide special needs education as needed, with increasing funding for the Ongoing Resource Scheme and more dedicated support staff.

Teachers are valued members of our communities and their pay should reflect that

  • Staffing ratios should reduce class sizes over time.
  • Teacher and key support staff salaries should be centrally funded.
  • Pay parity across early childhood, primary, and secondary teachers should be based on qualifications and responsibility.
  • Performance pay should be avoided. Professional development and ongoing training opportunities should improve teacher performance.

The education system should foster ecological sustainability and democratic citizenship

  • Ecological sustainability should be embedded in the curriculum with programmes like Enviro-schools. The Education Act should include sustainability principles, including for school buildings.
  • Civics education should be widespread and support children to participate in their communities, our democracy, and the world.

 

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