New schools in New Zealand, like Stonefields School in Auckland (pictured), incorporate flexible learning environments, which support today’s teaching styles and provide a comfortable environment for students to learn in. All state schools in New Zealand will have ultra-fast broadband by the end of 2015.
Head of Education Infrastructure Service
Ministry of Education
45-47 Pipitea St
Thorndon, PO Box 1666 Wellington
Web site: http://www.minedu.govt.nz
Roles and responsibilities
The Ministry is responsible for managing the public sector schools portfolio in partnership with school boards. It provides funding for boards to discharge their devolved responsibilities for managing individual school property and centrally fund and manage major programmes of improvement and expansion of the schools network. It maintains a policy framework around standards, funding, facility entitlement and design.
The Schools Infrastructure Group has approximately 200 staff, including both Ministry officials and contractors. The Ministry spends approximately NZD 600 million per annum of capital expenditure on the portfolio of approximately 2 300 schools.
Main areas of policy and research interest
- Modern learning environments and links between pedagogy, student achievement and school design;
- Alternative procurement methodologies that optimise whole of life cost;
- The role of digital technology in schools; and
- Raising efficiency of utilisation of school facilities to achieve desirable whole of government outcomes including multi agency ownership and presence.
Exemplary facilities and good practice in educational facilities investment
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- September 2013: Following the recommendations of the Beca Review of Frameworks for School Property Management (see http://www.minedu.govt.nz/propertyupdate), Education Minister Hekia Parata and Associate Education Minister Nikki Kaye announced a plan to transform the way school property is delivered to better support 21st Century learning environments and improved outcomes for students. The Ministry has created a fund of $300 million over six years to assist approximately 30 schools to deliver essential infrastructure and modernise their facilities. See article.
- The Ministry is also managing a major programme of work anticipated to cost in the vicinity of NZD 1 billion to reinstate the Christchurch schools network after the widespread damage and disruption suffered during the major earthquake of 2011.
- A number of substantial programmes underway to improve availability and services to be delivered over the internet, to improve earthquake resilience in schools, provide modern learning environments and to expand the schools network. In June 2014, the first major school project opened in greater Christchurch: Pegasus Bay School is New Zealand's first net zero energy school and represents the resilience, strength and determination of the community in the wake of the earthquake. Watch the video.
Why join the Group of National Experts on Effective Learning Environments (GNE)? The New Zealand Ministry of Education says:
"We have valued our engagement with the CELE, and through that organisation, with other public sector educational infrastructure management agencies. The opportunities to access examples of best practice in facility design, provision of capacity, management and procurement has enabled us to leverage off a substantial body of experience and research to the benefit of New Zealand education as a whole.
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Centre for Effective Learning Environments (CELE)
Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA)
TALIS - The OECD Teaching and Learning International Survey
21st Century Learning and Teaching: Innovative Learning Environments
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