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Open Consultations

  • Paraparaumu Beach School Enrolment Scheme Amendment Consultation

    The Ministry of Education is currently working with the Board of Paraparaumu Beach School to amend their enrolment scheme. The purpose of an enrolment scheme is to assist the school board to manage the risk of overcrowding, provide a fair and transparent process for enrolment and to ensure we are making the best use of schooling facilities across the network of local schools. Click here for the purpose and principles of an enrolment scheme. Enrolment...

    Closes 4 March 2024

    Paraparaumu Beach School Enrolment Scheme Amendment Consultation
  • Christchurch Girls' High School - Te Kura o Hine Waiora and Christchurch Boys' High School - Minor Amendments

    The Ministry of Education is proposing minor amendments to the enrolment schemes of Christchurch Girls' High School - Te Kura o Hine Wairoa and Christchurch Boys' High School. Christchurch Girls' High School - Te Kura o Hine Wairoa and Christchurch Boys' High School have enrolment schemes which were amended in 2011 and have remained unchanged since that time. The enrolment schemes need to be updated to reflect changes to land parcel boundaries to more precisely...

    Closes 12 March 2024

    Christchurch Girls' High School - Te Kura o Hine Waiora and Christchurch Boys' High School - Minor Amendments
  • Dalefield School Enrolment Scheme Consultation

    The Ministry of Education is currently working with the Board of Dalefield School to establish a new enrolment scheme. The purpose of an enrolment scheme is to assist the school Board to manage the risk of overcrowding, provide a fair and transparent process for enrolment and to ensure we are making the best use of schooling facilities across the network of local schools. Click here for the purpose and principles of an enrolment scheme. Enrolment schemes...

    Closes 15 March 2024

    Dalefield School Enrolment Scheme Consultation
  • Whangarei Heads Primary School

    The Ministry of Education is currently working with the Board of Whangarei Heads School to establish a new enrolment scheme. Enrolment schemes are needed to help manage enrolments across schools. This allows Boards to manage the risk of overcrowding, provides a fair and transparent process for enrolment and ensures we are making the best use of schooling facilities across the area. Enrolment schemes do mean that choice is limited in this area –...

    Closes 17 March 2024

    Whangarei Heads Primary School
  • Amended Enrolment Schemes for Cromwell Primary School and Goldfields School (Cromwell)

    The Ministry of Education is currently working with the Boards of Cromwell Primary School and Goldfields School to amend their existing enrolment schemes. Enrolment schemes are needed in the Cromwell area to help manage enrolments across schools. This allows Boards to manage the risk of overcrowding, provides a fair and transparent process for enrolment and ensures we are making the best use of schooling facilities across the area. Enrolment schemes do mean that...

    Closes 21 March 2024

    Amended Enrolment Schemes for Cromwell Primary School and Goldfields School (Cromwell)

Forthcoming Consultations

  • Bay of Islands College

    The Ministry of Education is currently working with the Board of Bay of Islands College to establish a new enrolment scheme. Enrolment schemes are needed to help manage enrolments across schools. This allows School Boards to manage the risk of overcrowding. Enrolment schemes do mean that choice is limited in this area – all whanau will be able to attend a school that is reasonably close to them but it might not be Bay of Islands College. (Note...

    Opens 1 March 2024

    Bay of Islands College

Closed Consultations

  • Consultation on the Proposed Alternative Constitution for Woodhill School Board

    Woodhill School amendment to the Alternative Constitution-Consultation with whanau and community The Ministry of Education has approval to consult on the proposed alternative constitution for Woodhill School Board. The Board has worked to ensure that this proposal reinforces its primary objectives in governing Woodhill School with a commitment to honouring Te Tiriti o Waitangi. The Board is seeking to amend the current alternative constitution so that the governance...

    Closed 16 February 2024

    Consultation on the Proposed Alternative Constitution for Woodhill School Board
  • Developing an enrolment scheme at Awatapu College, Palmerston North

    In collaboration with the Awatapu College Board, Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga | The Ministry of Education has developed a proposed enrolment scheme for Awatapu College. The purpose of an enrolment scheme of a State school is: to avoid overcrowding, or the liklihood of overcrowding, at the school; and to ensure the selection of applicants for enrolment at the school is carried out in a fair and transparent manner; and to enable the Secretary to make the best use of...

    Closed 12 January 2024

    Developing an enrolment scheme at Awatapu College, Palmerston North
  • Developing an enrolment scheme at Faith City School, Whanganui

    In collaboration with the Faith City School Board, Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga | The Ministry of Education has developed a proposed enrolment scheme for Faith City School. The proposed scheme is available below.

    Closed 22 December 2023

    Developing an enrolment scheme at Faith City School, Whanganui
  • Longbeach School - Amendment to Enrolment Scheme

    The Ministry of Education has been working with the board of Longbeach School to establish an amendment to their current enrolment scheme. The purpose of an enrolment scheme is to assist the school board to manage the risk of overcrowding, provide a fair and transparent process for enrolment and to ensure we are making the best use of schooling facilities across the network of local schools. Click here for the purpose and principles of an enrolment scheme . (Right click to...

    Closed 8 December 2023

    Longbeach School - Amendment to Enrolment Scheme
  • Lincoln Primary School - Amendment to Enrolment Scheme

    The Ministry of Education has been working with Lincoln Primary School to establish an amendment to their current enrolment scheme. The purpose of an enrolment scheme is to assist the school board to manage the risk of overcrowding, provide a fair and transparent process for enrolment and to ensure we are making the best use of schooling facilities across the network of local schools. Click here for the purpose and principles of an enrolment scheme . (Right click to open in a...

    Closed 8 December 2023

    Lincoln Primary School - Amendment to Enrolment Scheme

We Asked, You Said, We Did

Here are some of the issues we have consulted on and their outcomes. See all outcomes

We asked

The Ministry of Education and Te Wānanga o Raukawa have been working together to develop a proposal for legislative change to recognise the mana and tino rangatiratanga of Te Wānanga o Raukawa, reflect the Tiriti o Waitangi/Treaty of Waitangi-based relationship Te Wānanga o Raukawa has with the Crown, and reflect the unique role that Te Wānanga o Raukawa plays in the education system.

We asked for feedback on the proposal to:

  • reconstitute Te Wānanga o Raukawa as a new statutory entity, with dual accountability to the ART Confederation (Te Āti Awa ki Whakarongotai, Ngāti Raukawa and Ngāti Toa Rangatira) and the Crown; AND
  • introduce new bespoke (custom) administrative arrangements for Te Wānanga o Raukawa related to its purpose, functions, and governance.

This work sits alongside work we have been doing with Te Wānanga o Raukawa, Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi and Te Wānanga o Aotearoa to develop a broader proposal for a Wānanga sector framework in the Education and Training Act 2020.

You said

An overwhelming majority of submitters who participated in Te Wānanga o Raukawa survey (over 99%) supported the proposal for Te Wānanga o Raukawa to become a new statutory entity (over 99%), supported the proposed legislated purpose (over 99%) and believe it reflects the mission and role of Te Wānanga o Raukawa (over 99%).

You can find a summary of what was submitted during consultation attached below.

We did

We summarised the feedback we received through consultation, used this to refine the proposals, and sought Cabinet agreement to final policy decisions in early December 2022 on the broader sector framework in the Education and Training Act 2020. The outcome of this is the Education and Training Amendment Bill (No.3). This was introduced on 23 March 2023. Work is still continuing on the specific Te Wānanga o Raukawa proposal.

You can find the Bill here

You can make a submission on the Bill here. The closing date for submissions is 11.59pm on Monday, 01 May 2023

We asked

The Ministry and the Wānanga developed a shared proposal to create an enabling framework for the Wānanga sector in the Education and Training Act 2020 (E&T Act). This enabling framework would allow each Wānanga to work in collaboration with the Ministry to develop new rules in terms of who they are accountable to and how, their purpose and functions, and their governance structures.

We asked for your feedback on four issues:

Issue 1: Overall legislative design for the Wānanga sector which includes:

  • Option 1: Developing consistent administrative provisions for Wānanga in the E&T Act.
  • Option 2 (preferred option): Establishing an enabling Wānanga sector framework within the E&T Act that would allow Wānanga to:
    • Option 2a - Bespoke Tertiary Education Institution (TEI): Continue to be considered a TEI, with specific purpose, function and governance arrangements agreed between the Wānanga and the Government, or
    • Option 2b - New statutory entity: Become a new type of statutory entity which keeps its focus on education provision and but has greater independence in terms of its administrative arrangements, including accountability to iwi
  • Option 3: Developing separate primary legislation for individual Wānanga, outside the E&T Act.

Issue 2: More detail about the preferred legislative option (option 2 above), focusing on the characteristics of a Wānanga and provisions for establishing a new Wānanga

Issue 3: More detail about the preferred legislative option (option 2 above), focusing on how the Order In Council could enable each Wānanga to have different administrative settings (within set parameters).

Issue 4: Tiriti o Waitangi/Treaty of Waitangi consistency, focusing on how the whole Wānanga sector framework aligns with Te Tiriti/the Treaty.

You said

The response to the proposed changes has been overwhelmingly supportive:

  • Most submitters were supportive of the proposed changes to establish a Wānanga sector framework
  • Most submitters strongly supported the respective positions of individual Wānanga

You can find a detailed summary of what was submitted during consultation attached below.

We did

We summarised the feedback we received through consultation, used this to refine the proposals, and sought Cabinet agreement to final policy decisions in early December 2022. The outcome of this is the Education and Training Amendment Bill (No.3) which proposes a Wānanga sector framework. This was introduced on 23 March 2023.

You can find the Bill here

You can make a submission on the Bill here. The closing date for submissions is 11.59pm on Monday, 01 May 2023

We asked

The Ministry published the draft rules and guidelines for minimising the use of physical restraint in registered schools on 23 November 2021 alongside an online survey. These draft rules and guidelines were developed by the Physical Restraint Advisory Group following changes to the framework for using physical restraint in The Education and Training Act 2020.

In our consultation we asked whether the new draft rules and guidelines would work, what changes might be needed, and whether there were any gaps or other issues that need considering.

Read the initial consultation paper [PDF, 573 KB]

You said

We received 267 responses from individuals and organisations, including parents, whānau and caregivers, teachers, principals and learning support specialists.

It’s clear that physical restraint is a complex area for school communities to navigate, but that schools, teachers and support staff want to do right by their learners and whānau. In general, the rules and guidelines are seen as helpful and needed and the preventative approach is appreciated. It was clear through the feedback that we need to look at how the rules and guidelines are applied in practice.

The guidelines need to better reflect a te ao Māori and disability view and they need some clearer definitions around what emotional distress is. They could also do with some more examples of context where physical contact is appropriate so that teachers know what they can do as well as what they can’t do.

The rules and guidelines are well positioned in terms of the emphasis on prevention and the contribution of school culture, leadership and environment in minimising the use of restraint, though there are those who strongly object to any use of physical restraint in schools.

Read the Consultation submissions summary [PDF, 1.3 MB].

We’re currently developing translations and accessible formats of this report.

We did

We’re using your feedback to clarify the rules and reshape the guidelines. We’ll also carry what we’ve heard from you into the planning for training for schools.

We’ll clarify in the final rules:

  • that school policies are to focus on reducing student distress and the use of physical restraint
  • that incidents of physical restraint can be reported to the Ministry using the new online form
  • when and how parents should be involved in debriefing after an incident of physical restraint.

We’ll reflect in the final guidelines:

  • a te ao Māori view of school as a place of shelter, with an integrated network of support to nurture ākonga potential
  • a strong focus on inclusive school cultures that promote wellbeing and minimise the need for physical restraint
  • broader definitions and examples of emotional distress
  • broader definitions of physical restraint as it relates to denying or removing mobility equipment and communication devices
  • a format that is less complex and more practical and readable.

Keep updated on next steps.