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We are committed to every New Zealand child getting the best possible education so they can be successful here at home and around the world.

National is further lifting achievement in schools though our $359 million initiative to improve teaching quality and school leadership.

This initiative is about schools working together to share expertise, resources, leadership, and quality teaching. Our aim is to strengthen school leadership and keep our best teachers in the classroom teaching.

That’s because international evidence and New Zealand-based research is clear – the quality of teaching and school leadership are the two most important in-school factors in a child’s education.

In the first year of the four year roll-out of our new initiative:

  • 793 schools have formed themselves into 96 communities of learning.
  • Together these schools have more than 250,000 students.
  • That means about a third of New Zealand students are in line to benefit from their schools working together and sharing expertise.

National is also ensuring a better education through:

  • Investing in building new schools and classrooms across the country.
  • Rolling out faster, unlimited broadband to our schools so they can better connect to the rest of New Zealand and the world.
  • Investing a record $10.8 billion a year into early childhood, primary, and secondary school education.
  • Ensuring more students are achieving NCEA Level 2 – in 2014 the proportion of 18-year-olds with NCEA Level 2, or an equivalent qualification, reached 81.2 per cent, up from 74.3 per cent in 2011 and on track for our target of 85 per cent by 2017.
  • Providing parents with better information through National Standards so they know how well their child is doing at school.
  • Supporting more schools to offer Asian languages, to reflect New Zealand’s ongoing relationship with that region of the world.
  • Providing more in-class support to special-needs students and more teacher-aide hours.
  • Supporting deaf and hearing impaired children, their families and schools by providing more sign language resources.

More than 250,000 students are now part of communities of learning.