School funding review gets underway



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Education Minister Hekia Parata has announced the appointment of an advisory group to consider possible changes to the education funding systems.

The group comprises 18 school, ECE and union leaders. It will test a number of proposed directions for change to improve ECE and school funding systems.

“The Government agrees with the sector that the present systems are unduly complex and do not sufficiently direct resources to where they’re needed, particularly for those most at risk of under-achievement. We also share the sector’s concern that the decile system has created false perceptions about the quality of individual schools,” says Ms Parata.

Advisory group member NZEI Te Riu Roa President Louise Green says the group has a big job ahead of it. The NZEI’s top priority is to maintain and enhance free and equitable access to education for all children regardless of their personal circumstances. The union opposes performance-based funding, where funding is linked to student progress or achievement data.

However, the Minister has made it clear that the review is in its very early stages, with no decisions made yet. She says the Ministry will seek input from the wider education sector, running until the end of August this year.

The advisory group will be chaired by Peter Hughes, the Secretary for Education and will meet for the first time next week.

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