Year 7 to 13 Catholic Boys School, Auckland New Zealand

  "...statements of desirable achievements by the school system, or by an element of the school system"     (Education Act 1989)

Education is at the core of our nation’s effort to achieve economic and social progress. In recognition of the fundamental importance of education, the Government sets the following goals for the education system of New Zealand.

  1. Attainment of the highest standards of achievement, through programmes which enable all students to realise their full potential as individuals, and to develop the values needed to become full members of New Zealand society.
  2. Equality of educational opportunity for all New Zealanders, by identifying and removing barriers to achievement.
  3. Development of the knowledge, understanding and skills needed by New Zealanders to compete successfully in the modern, ever-changing world.
  4. A sound foundation in the early years for future learning and achievement through programmes which include support for parents in their vital role as their children's first teachers.
  5. A broad education through a balanced curriculum covering essential learning areas with high levels of competence in basic literacy and numeracy, science and technology.
  6. Excellence achieved through the establishment of clear learning objectives, monitoring student performance against those objectives, and planning programmes to meet individual needs.
  7. Success in their learning for those with special needs by ensuring that they are identified and receive appropriate support.
  8. Access for students to a nationally and internationally recognised qualifications system to encourage a high level of participation in post-school education.
  9. Increased participation and success by Maori through the advancement of Maori educational initiatives, including education in Te Reo Maori, consistent with the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi.
  10. Respect for the diverse ethnic and cultural heritage of New Zealand people, with acknowledgment of the unique place of Maori, and New Zealand's role in the Pacific and as a member of the international community of nations.

Conclusion

The National Education Guidelines are part of every school charter by law. As part of the guidelines, the National Education Goals are therefore a legal requirement, but because they are broad, long-term aims, they are not expressed as detailed or prescriptive requirements. Rather, the Government expects that schools will use them to guide their policies and practices. For each of the ten goals, boards of trustees are required to consider the implications for their schools and how they can best contribute to the goal given their local circumstances. Their responses to each goal will vary depending on such factors as the size of the school, the needs of students, and the aspirations of the school community.