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DISCUSSION POST: Looking ahead with 2020 vision

Education, now more than ever is one of the most complex and ever-changing 'things' we’ll ever be a part of. Important considerations about who we are and what we want for our young people; are driving collective conversations about the future of education. Questions and discussions around social equity, cultural locatedness, acknowledging what our past says about who we are and where Aotearoa fits on a global stage are central to education.

Add to this, influences from growing issues for humanity, of which quality education is one of the Global Sustainable Development Goals; to home-grown social, economic and environment issues, and it becomes increasingly important for educators to have both outward and inward facing conversations about where we’re heading in the future.

We are descendants of explorers, discoverers and innovators who used their knowledge to traverse distant horizons. Our learning will be inclusive, equitable and connected so we progress and achieve advances for our people and their future journeys and encounters.

The government has understood the need to continue these hard conversations and after consulting with our national community, Kōrero Marautanga has settled five key objectives and a 10 year action plan, some of which might require turning our thinking on it’s ear. These are:


  • Learners at the centre of education – learners with their whānau at the centre of education
  • Barrier-free access –great education opportunities and outcomes are within reach for every learner
  • Quality teaching and leadership – quality teaching and leadership make the difference for learners and their whānau
  • Future of learning and work – Learning that is relevant to the lives of New Zealanders today and throughout their lives
  • World-class inclusive public education – New Zealand education is trusted and sustainable.

In addition to these long-term goals, there is a continued focus on national priorities for professional learning and development (PLD) for both English Medium and Māori Medium. In 2020, there is a continued focus on digital fluency as well as:

  • cultural capability                            •   mātauranga and te reo Māori
  • local curriculum design                   •   marau ā-kura
  • assessment for learning                  •   aromatawai

In response to an ever-present influence of technologies, CORE Education’s Ten Trends identify gradual and pervasive ways in which technologies impact both society and education. These big picture views and trends at a macro view directly influence our profession as a whole. The challenge is whether a 10-year action plan or school-based strategies can step out of the norm and make the very changes needed.

Looking towards 2020, we can ask ourselves, what stories are we telling? Whose voice is the loudest? Who has been underserved? Who is making critical decisions in our school? What can we do well, differently or better to reflect a bi-cultural learning culture and an accessible and equitable education for all? How can e-learning and digital technologies make a difference for our learners?

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Having conversations in our own networks and settings at a micro view helps us make wise choices and decisions in our own settings – to either adopt ,embrace, discard or disrupt our practice to ensure our young people are equipped with the knowledge and skills to make similar decisions in their own lives and into their future. CORE Ten Trends 2019, (PDF)

Where will your campfire kōrero take you in 2020? For more on curriculum design see, Local curriculum design tool | Rapua te ara tika.

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