Creating system change to improve schooling outcomes in Aotearoa New Zealand




Recent history of schooling in Aotearoa New Zealand has seen ongoing efforts to achieve improvement in learning outcomes, and particularly reduction in the inequity of outcomes between different groups of learners, without significant sustained progress. Over recent decades the literature on schooling system improvement has increasingly identified key factors that have contributed to improved learning outcomes in systems where this has been achieved. An assessment of Aotearoa New Zealand’s experience against both the “what” and the “how” of effective system improvement suggests that the Aotearoa New Zealand experience aligns with some, but not all, of the identified aspects of successful change. This points to areas for greater focus and new approaches to change management in order to achieve sustained improvement in learning outcomes in the future.


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Author Biography

Rob McIntosh, Victoria University of Wellington

Rob McIntosh is an Adjunct Research Fellow in the Faculty of Education, Te Herenga Waka, Victoria University of Wellington. Since 2012, he has worked as a consultant, primarily in education, undertaking policy and review projects both within New Zealand and overseas. From 1996 to 2012, he was a senior leader in the Ministry of Education, holding a range of responsibilities over that time including for education system strategy development, the Ministry’s research and data analysis functions, the leadership of policy advice across a range of schooling issues and tertiary and international education. Prior to that, he was an analyst and manager in the Treasury. He holds Masters Degrees from the University of Canterbury and the London School of Economics and Political Science.


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