Announcing the new PLD Priorities

26 September 2019

The national priorities for professional learning and development (PLD) have been refocused to support teachers and leaders and align with the focus on curriculum, progress and achievement.

The reset of the PLD priorities supports the Government’s vision of a New Zealand education system that meets the needs of all learners, no matter who they are or where they come from. 

The new priorities are:

English medium settings will focus on:

  • cultural capability
  • local curriculum design
  • assessment for learning

Māori medium settings will focus on:

  • mātauranga and te reo Māori
  • marau ā-kura
  • aromatawai

Digital fluency remains a priority for teachers and leaders in all schools and kura.

The new set of priorities will support teachers and leaders to make sure every student experiences opportunities to learn and progress through a curriculum that values their identity, language and culture, their strengths and aspirations, and those of their whānau.

The priorities for Māori medium settings reflect the capabilities that whānau, hapū and iwi have identified for some time as important in the progress within education as Māori.

The new PLD priorities were informed by engagement with people from right across New Zealand’s education system through Education Conversation | Kōrero Mātauranga and the engagement led by the Curriculum, Progress and Achievement (CPA) Reference Group earlier this year. These priorities were tested with teachers, leaders and providers through online surveys. More information on the new priorities and the summary of feedback from the engagement earlier this year is on the Education Conversation website.

The new priorities will replace the existing priorities from the beginning of Term 3 2020. Schools, kura and Kāhui Ako can apply for PLD under the new priorities from Term 3 2020.

We still have work to do to make sure our systems, processes and providers are ready for when the new priorities replace the existing priorities from the beginning of Term 3 2020.

We will be in touch with providers to discuss impacts of the changes in the near future.