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Future Focused Initial Teacher Education

Great education systems take training teachers seriously. We need new teachers to enter the workforce equipped to teach in the classrooms and centres of today and able to adapt their practice to the learning environment of the future. We need to prepare teachers for that challenge. 

Our consultation suggests we need to fundamentally redesign how we attract, select, and educate the profession as we prepare for the future of learning. We need to reconceive how we educate teachers to equip them with the skills they need, and to make sure we have an education system that enables every learner to achieve their best.

We have developed six proposals to lift and strengthen New Zealand’s initial teacher education (ITE). The proposals build on the discussion paper: Strategic options for developing future orientated Initial Teacher Education, released in 2016.

We are consulting on our proposals to:

  • raise entry requirements - including a greater focus on literacy and numeracy
  • strengthen the quality of practica arrangements
  • create flexible pathways that prepare teachers to teach across different ranges of year levels, and
  • replace the Graduate Teaching Standards with the Standards for the Teaching Profession
  • expand postgraduate pathways into the profession (at level 8 or above on the NZQF).

Review the consultation document: Proposals for future focused ITE

We also worked with Professor Roger Moltzen on an advice paper about the evidence for making ITE a postgraduate qualification. Read the advice paper here: Positioning ITE as a postgraduate qualification

Further reading

Our proposals to lift and strengthen New Zealand’s ITE comes from over a year of research and consultation. Read more of the evidence we’ve put together about ITE.

We released a literature review about the features of quality practica arrangements undertaken by the New Zealand Council of Educational Research (NZCER).

Read the summary report setting out the key findings: Summary report: High quality practica and integration of theory and practice in initial teacher education.
If you are interested in learning more, read the full report:  Full report: High quality practica and integration of theory and practice in initial teacher education.

And here's a summary of feedback from workshops with ITE providers about our ITE proposals held in November 2016: Feedback letter to ITE providers

Have your say on proposed changes to ITE

We’d like to hear from you about the proposed changes for future focused ITE. We have developed two surveys: a detailed survey for ITE stakeholders to complete and another shorter survey for people with a general interest in ITE.

The ITE stakeholder survey has been designed for ITE providers and representative groups. This survey provides a structured way to give detailed feedback about each of our proposals. Respondents can complete an online stakeholder survey or a submission form (with the same questions). Allow at least 30 minutes to complete your submission.

Complete an online survey: ITE Stakeholder feedback survey
Submission template: Word document or PDF format
Email your feedback: feedback@educationcouncil.org.nz

The general feedback survey is designed for people with a general interest in ITE. The submission should take about 10 minutes to complete. The online survey and submission form cover the same questions.

Complete an online survey: General feedback survey
Submission template: Word document or PDF format
Email your feedback: feedback@educationcouncil.org.nz

Submissions close on 7 July 2017. We will consider feedback carefully and our governing council will make decisions later in 2017.