Our education system should give everyone the best possible start on a life-long journey that happens inside and outside the classroom.
Public education needs to be free, and include every child; those with disabilities and special needs, children from diverse cultures and backgrounds, and Tangata Whenua.
We value our teachers and want to ensure that every child has a positive experience in education. We would increase funding to the sector to reflect these priorities.
We would hold a commission of inquiry into the New Zealand education system to assess how well we're doing, and remove National Standards.
- A free education system that fosters participation, sustainability, equality and peace.
- High quality teaching, learning environments, and curriculum that fosters peace in our communities.
Specific Policy Points
- Ensure state schools are fully funded such that high quality education is not dependent upon fees, private donations, fundraising, nor private investment.
- Increase the Operations Grant to reflect the real cost to schools of educating children.
- Change the staffing formula to enable incremental reductions in class sizes, and improved teacher-child ratios in early childhood services.
- Centrally fund all teacher and key support staff salaries.
- Review the governance structure in Tomorrow’s Schools and trial alternative models of school governance.
- Support pay parity for early childhood, primary and secondary educators.
- Support the continued improvement of the NCEA, and work with teachers to review the three levels of NCEA assessment.
- Retain and support local and rural schools.
- Better and safer transport services to rural schools.
- Set standards and guidelines for healthy food provided in schools.
- Incorporate ecological sustainability into the core curriculum at all levels.
- More funding for Maori language, immersion and bilingual programmes.
- Introduce universal teaching of Te Reo Maori in all public schools and provide the resources necessary to enable this.
- Work towards tikanga Maori being available to all learners.
- Ensure that Correspondence School has the capacity to deliver quality education to its diverse students.
- Use an independent authority for appeals in the case of enrolment, stand-downs, suspensions, exclusions and expulsions.
- Allocate Special Education Grants based on numbers of enrolled children with special needs, and increase ORS funding.
- Resource schools and Group Special Education to fulfill government obligations to children with special education needs.
- Ensure schools have adequate provision to meet the needs of their ESOL students.
- Establish support for networks of 'not for profit' early childhood services, including playcentres, kohanga reo, and Pacific Island language nests.