The Minister of Education, Hon Chris Hipkins, outlined the Government's education work programme for the next three years on 21 February 2018. This mapped out how it will realise its vision for the education system, including starting a national conversation about the future of education.

The Education Summit was announced at the same time, as the key vehicle to refine and enable shared ownership of this vision.

The Summit is a fundamental part of the Education Conversation | Kōrero Mātauranga.

The Minister wants the community to be heavily involved in the Summit and the wider conversation. Children, young people, their parents, whanau, communities, teachers, adult learners, disabled people and families and whanau of children and young people who need learning support, Maori, Pasifika, employers and industry are all strongly encouraged to join the conversation, along with researchers, disabled people's organisations and education leaders at all levels.

The Summit events are a once in a lifetime opportunity for New Zealanders to come together to set the long term direction for the future of learning.

The Summit events are for the participants, not the Ministry of Education. They are a deliberate and considered opportunity for the Government and agencies to listen.

The events are being run by people who are experienced at bringing different sectors together on collaborative projects, and feature innovative discussion formats. Stakeholders have provided input into the design of the Summit events.

The events are different from traditional conference formats. There is an emphasis on working and discussing in small groups, with input from provocative thinkers. It's all about getting your views. You'll be doing the talking and there will be lots of opportunities for you to have your say.

An external virtual Reference Group has considered the material the Ministry has prepared for the Summit events to ensure it will resonate with participants, challenge current thinking and encourage rich and deep conversations.

The Cabinet paper detailing the Government's education portfolio work programme, and the Summit announcement, is available at: http://www.education.govt.nz/ministry-of-education/information-releases/education-portfolio-work-programme/


Stakeholder groups worked with the Ministry of Education to identify possible participants for the Summit. Initially this work began in the regions, led by the Directors of Education. The Ministry also worked with national level stakeholders to ensure a balanced representation across the sector. The Minister of Education issued the invitations.

The challenge for the Ministry has been to ensure we hear from new voices and engage in new ways to make sure we hear from as broad as possible a range of people in the sector and the community.

Never before has there been such a diverse group of New Zealanders gathered in one place to plan the future of education and learning in New Zealand.

A relatively small number of Ministry staff are attending the Summit as observers.

Young people have been involved in helping design the Summit and in monitoring the process to ensure the voices of young people are heard. They have also joined the conversation at the Summit events.

Young people will also have a voice through the Minister of Education's Youth Advisory Group, which provides the Minister with advice directly from 14-18 year olds.

The results and views that come through the online survey, along with the output from the Summit deliberations and post-Summit discussions will inform the various parts of the Government's education work programme.

They will provide the high level direction for the Government's work programme to deliver the education and learning we want for the future.

An advisory group led by Children's Commissioner Andrew Becroft has been established by the Minister of Education to act as guardians of the Education Conversation. The group will ensure that the work programme and the resulting reforms stay true to the ideas and visions captured through the conversation.

Each of the workstreams that make up the education work programme will include explicit consideration of the impact for Māori and for Pasifika learners, supporting provision through Māori medium education and students who are disabled or have learning support needs.

Yes. The survey is at this stage open until 31 May. This deadline is likely to be extended as we expect people will want to have their say after the Summit and also once they have taken part in post-Summit discussions.

We want everyone with an interest in New Zealand education to complete the survey.

The survey is simple, with just four questions and a request for demographic information that helps us identify where you sit in relation to education.

The survey questions are available in English, te reo Māori, gagana Samoa, te reo Kuki 'āirani, lea faka Tonga, gagana Tokelau and vāgahau Niue, Chinese, Hindi and Korean; you are free to respond in your chosen language. A NZ Sign Language video is also available on the survey website – http:///conversation.education.govt.nz

Please make sure you do the survey, even if you are attending a Summit event, and please share the above web address as widely as you can.

Please use the hashtag #EdConvo18 when posting your thoughts on social media. There are also Māori and Pasifika hashtags about the Kōrero - #TeTihiMātauranga and #sayitpasifika.

Casual dress is appropriate. Feel free to go "smart casual" if you prefer.

Yes, please, not just for your benefit, but so that as many other participants as possible can benefit from your input and insights.

The Summit is quite different from the usual conference experience. There is an emphasis on working and discussing in small groups, with input from provocative thinkers. It's all about getting your views. You'll be doing the talking and there will be lots of opportunities for you to have your say.

There isn't any pre-reading and you don't have to do any preparation; just bring your knowledge and your experience…and your voice.

The ideas generated at the Summit will feed into the work being done on future changes in education, such as the NCEA and the Tomorrow's Schools reviews.

Content from the Summit will also be used to support community discussions taking place after the Summit.

The Summit proceedings and discussions are being recorded. This is in keeping with the historic nature of the events.

We want participants to continue the conversation and take it back to the people they think need to be involved. The Ministry will support this by producing material that will include Summit outputs and ideas. More details will be made available after the conclusion of the second Summit event in Auckland.