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Future-focused Initial Teacher Education proposal: consultation begins today

08 June 2017

The Education Council of Aotearoa New Zealand has published its latest topic for consultation: a proposal for the future of Initial Teacher Education (ITE). The proposal being shared today has been developed through a 12 month period of research and consultation with representatives from across the sector, including all ITE providers.

“Developing an ITE system for the future is a big programme of work, and we are proposing it is planned in stages,” says Education Council Chief Executive Dr Graham Stoop. “We’ve listened carefully to the feedback from the sector and they’ve told us we need to strengthen teacher education by introducing postgraduate programmes steadily over time.”

“This means we can build our evidence base and learn more about what works here in New Zealand, as well as giving the sector time to shape other key system features, including how to better support schools and associate teachers to meet the higher expectations of quality practica and postgraduate programmes.”

The consultation process is critical to finalising proposals for a future-focused ITE system and a consultation pack has been developed to support the process, which includes:

  • Education Council proposals for future-focused ITE
  • High quality practica and the integration of theory and practice in ITE (NZCER literature review)
  • Positioning ITE as a postgraduate qualification (advice paper)
  • A summary of feedback from ITE programme design workshops with providers

“We want our education system to be future focused, celebrate diversity, embrace technology, and inspire future generations of leaders and learners. This consultation about ITE is a critical step in furthering the great work that’s already been done across the sector towards that aim,” says Dr Stoop.

Visit to review the consultation documents and give us your feedback. Consultation closes on Friday 7 July 2017.


For more information contact:
Martin Deakin | Communications Manager, Education Council
Email:   Mobile: +64(0)22 524 1479