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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.

The proposals include:

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

Review the proposals: 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


Submissions for our consultation on the proposals to lift and strengthen ITE and now closed. We thank you for your feedback.