This report was released on July 11.
Education Minister Chris Hipkins said that more than 14000 New Zealanders contributed to an on-line survey on how the education system can help every learner to be successful – and about education changes they want to see.

The following themes were identified:

  • No students should be disadvantaged due to financial or family circumstances
  • Children with additional learning needs require more funding and support
  • Students should be resilient, capable, resourceful, independent, socially competent and curious
  • Students need recognising for their contribution to family/whānau, hapu, iwi, and community
  • Students need to be able to think critically, innovate, respect others, and take responsibility. They need good communication skills, and strong foundation skills in literacy and numeracy
  • Young people feel there is too much focus on assessments; this is a burden on them and their teachers.
  • Many parents identified reducing bullying as a priority
  • Teachers need better remuneration and to have better supporting staff and strategies to improve teaching practice
  • Many felt the curriculum should focus on progress rather than testing or benchmarking
  • Differences in achievement between Māori and Pacific students and Pākehā need addressing, and there should be better teaching of Māori culture and history. Some felt te reo Māori should be compulsory, at least in primary schools.