Proposed change to national priorities for Professional Learning and Development

Consultation on new proposed PLD priorities is now underway

Last week, we launched a survey to test a proposed change to national priorities for Professional Learning and Development (PLD) for locally-focussed PLD.  This, obviously, is a matter of great importance to all of those who engage with the PLD system and we would like to hear your views. The surveys and resource material for both English and Māori medium settings can be found on the Education Conversation Website.

The Ministry have worked with members of the Curriculum Progress and Achievement (CPA) Reference Group to develop the proposed priorities.  They focus on the foundations of good teaching practice and align with themes emerging from the Education Conversation, the wider Education Work Programme and our focus on progress across the curricula.

The areas of focus for the proposed new priorities are:

As described in English medium settings:

As described in Māori medium settings:

  • Building cultural capability: Building cultural capability so that all ākonga are secure in their identity
  • Local curriculum design: Relevant and engaging local curriculum design that is truly responsive to the needs and priorities of ākonga, whānau and the community
  • Using information to support learning: Enrich learning in the classroom by growing aromatawai, inquiry and assessment capabilities and use of information to support student strengths
  • Mātauranga Māori (Te Reo Māori and Rangatiratanga): He mana tō te Mātauranga, He mana tō te Reo, He mana tō te Tangata
  • Marau ā Kura: He marau ā-kura he mea hāngai, e aronui ana hoki ki ngā tino hiahia o ngā ākonga, ngā whānau, ngā hapū me ngā iwi
  • Aromatawai: He puāwaitanga harakeke, he rito whakakī whāruarua. He wā anō ka pua te kōrari, kei ōna pua he mīere hei ngote mā te manu.

You will be aware that when the current approach to PLD was introduced in late 2016, priorities for the PLD allocated regionally, every term, were set by Government. The current priorities focus on specific learning areas:

  • Pāngarau and maths;
  • Pūtaiao and science;
  • Te reo matatini (pānui, tuhituhi, kōrero) and reading and writing;
  • Digital fluency

These priorities do not align with a focus on progress across the curricula and a move to priorities that build core capabilities that will improve teaching was strongly endorsed by members of the CPA Reference Group.

The surveys will be available online, at the Education Conversation website, until 10 May 2019.

If you have any questions related to consultation please contact