Education

  • People

    Laura Trask

    Laura Trask MP was born and raised in Christchurch and has held roles on boards, owned a small business, and been a coach and a manager. Laura began her career in pharmacy before building a market-leading evacuation consultancy business with her factory. Laura was elected to Parliament as an ACT Party MP in 2023 but, in her spare time, you’ll find her on the side-line cheering for her two kids or exploring New Zealand’s backyard.

  • Press Releases

    Providing real choice in education

    “We need to get the politics and bureaucracy out of New Zealand’s education system, bring high standards for attendance and learning in, and treat the profession with respect. While Labour is responsible for lowering the bar and leaving kids even further behind their international peers, the education decline started well before 2017,” says ACT Leader David Seymour.

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    ACT’s plan to help schools that fail

    ACT will:

    • Use information on school attendance and educational progress to prioritise ERO school inspections.
    • Ensure ERO’s school evaluation reports are consistent and based on clear, objective, and relevant criteria.
    • Improve the Ministry of Education’s slow and ineffective approach to managing under-performance by enforcing a clear and structured intervention process for identifying and intervening in under-performing schools.
    • Replace the current practice of appointing a limited statutory manager or commissioner to a struggling school. A tendering process would enable existing school operators to apply to take over schools that fail. Applications would consider the school operator’s track record of success. Where there is more than one school operator interested in the takeover, the Ministry would be responsible for selecting the best candidate based on who would best serve the school community.
    • Evaluate the outcomes of school interventions, as persistent failure is likely to indicate system-wide weaknesses in the education system.
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    Building the foundations for education success

    ACT will:

    • Develop a traffic light system for unjustified absences, which will be publicly available in real-time.
    • Redirect funding from centrally controlled truancy services so schools can fund or purchase services directly.
    • Extend the B4 School Check to include education progress as well as health. ECE providers that fail to contribute to child development may risk losing their funding or license.
    • Set minimum criteria that any curriculum taught in New Zealand primary schools must follow, but allow for multiple curriculum versions.
    • Ensure all schools participate in standardised testing.
    • Develop an online league table, like Australia’s ‘My School’, to help parents understand how their school is performing compared with other schools.
    • Refuse to lower the bar for literacy and numeracy standards. ACT will conduct another set of mock exams in 2024 to gauge progress on higher literacy and numeracy standards and commit to enforcing higher standards from 2025.
    • Abolish University Entrance as a separate qualification and replace NCEA level three requirements with the current University Entrance requirements.
    • Ensure employers’ and tertiary institutions’ input is included in the development of achievement and unit standards.
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  • Policies

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    Real Choice in Education

    Reforming Failing Schools

    Building the Foundations for Education Success

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  • Education

    Freedom to Learn

    ACT will put parents in control of all education funding and reduce the number of back office bureaucrats at the Ministry of Education by 50 per cent, saving $240 million each year.

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  • Education

    Solutions to the Truancy Crisis

    Almost every aspect of a person’s adult life will be defined by the education they receive as a child. If we want better social outcomes, we can’t keep ignoring the truancy crisis.

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  • Press Releases

    Time to question university affirmative action schemes

    “Affirmative action schemes have been running in New Zealand universities for a generation and no one seems able to prove any demonstrable benefits to disadvantaged communities. We shouldn’t accept any form of discrimination if it isn’t delivering results,” says ACT Leader David Seymour.

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  • Press Releases

    Stopping the slide – Reinstating Partnership Schools

    “Labour promised to put kindness back at the heart of government. But they scrapped an innovative education model that was engaging disadvantaged children underserved by the state system to appease middle-class unionists in Wellington. ACT will reinstate Partnership Schools,” says ACT Leader David Seymour.

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    Stopping the slide – ending truancy

    “Every day this week ACT will highlight how to stop the slide and raise standards in health and education. Beginning with a range of solutions to deal with New Zealand’s truancy crisis, including consequences for parents and schools,” says ACT Leader David Seymour.

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