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Education Matters to Me

The report shared six key insights drawn from what children and young people said:

  1. Understand me in my whole world
  2. People at school are racist towards me
  3. Relationships mean everything to me
  4. Teach me the way I learn best
  5. I need to be comfortable before I can learn
  6. It’s my life - let me have a say

Six detailed reports have now been released.

These reports support the Education matters to me: Key insights report published in January 2018. They have been prepared jointly by the Office of the Children’s Commissioner and the New Zealand School Trustees Association, and share the voices of children and young people on their experiences of the education system. We undertook this engagement to ensure their views and voices were at the heart of our advice on the Statement of National Education and Learning Priorities.

The reports are based on responses to an online survey and face-to-face interviews with children and young people. The reports shares views from a diverse group of children and young people, some of whom would be termed ’priority learners’ by the Ministry of Education, including many Māori and Pacific Peoples, those from low socio-economic backgrounds, those with diagnosed learning difficulties, and children and young people with disabilities. The reports share insights from children and young people in primary and secondary schools, alternative education units, early childhood centres, kōhanga reo, kura kaupapa Māori, learning support units, home-based schools and teen parent units.

Publication date: 31 Jan 2018 Read the full report here