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Outcome: Learning and developing

Hua: Ako, whanake hoki
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Children and young people are learning and developing

This means:

  • they are positively engaged with, progressing and achieving in education
  • they develop the social, emotional and communication skills they need as they progress through life 
  • they have the knowledge, skills and encouragement to achieve their potential and enable choices around further education, volunteering, employment, and entrepreneurship
  • they can successfully navigate life’s transitions.

Learning opportunities and experiences develop social, cultural, emotional and cognitive competencies, including resilience, critical thinking and the ability to relate well to others. 

While learning and development begins at home, quality education has an important role in supporting the development of knowledge, competencies and characteristics to be successful in life and to contribute to family, whānau, and communities.

If my teacher believes in me, sees potential in me and teaches me in the way I learn best, I will achieve more.

(young person)

Focus and key actions

Government has launched a programme of review across the education sector – early learning, compulsory schooling, learning support and tertiary education – to improve equity and ensure no-one misses out. An immediate priority is children and young people who need extra support in the education system. 

Current actions under this outcome include: 


Indicators are used to measure the outcomes in the most direct and simplest way possible. The specific indicators that are relevant to this outcome are:

  • Early learning participation
  • Regular school attendance
  • Literacy, numeracy and science skills
  • Social skills
  • Self-management skills
  • Youth in employment, education or training

You can learn more about these measures on the Indicators page.

Last updated: 
Thursday, 29 August 2019