The Education Policy SIG has been established to provide a space in which researchers with diverse ideologies, commitments and obligations can engage in reasoned debate about education policy, broadly defined.

It will encourage vibrant theoretically and empirically informed analyses of education policy and persuade beginning education researchers that education policy is an exciting area of scholarly endeavour. The Education Policy SIG is in the fortunate position of having a number of senior scholars who can (a) mentor beginning researchers and (b) link with established education policy research networks internationally. The diversity of membership will promote greater understandings of education policy by bringing together researchers from central government, tertiary, professional and community sectors.

Since its inception, NZARE has had a strong education policy scholarship presence. NZARE policy scholars have established significant international reputations with their critical analyses of the theoretical foundations of education reforms and structural adjustment programmes. Similarly, since the 1990s there have been various influential independent empirical studies, some longitudinal, of education policy effects undertaken by researchers in tertiary institutions, non-government organisations, professional associations and the private sector. In the last decade systematic literature reviews and centrally funded evaluations of specific policy initiatives have contributed to our understandings of how education policy influences personal and collective experiences of education, as have reports from various education Crown entities. Most recently, education trusts and ginger groups have taken a prominent role in shaping and funding education policy research. Despite the diversity of research foci and methodologies employed by researchers, the workings of the education policy process and its practical effects remain hotly contested among researchers in this country, while professional and public debate is rarely informed by sound education policy research findings. 

Education Policy SIG seminar Monday 8 June

The Policy SIG is holding a seminar titled 'Taking Stock: Perspectives on the Government's Education Reviews and where to from here?

Registrations are now open! Please click the following link to go to the registration page:

Or you can also register by filling out this form.

Monday 8 June, in Wellington at the Royal Society,

11 Turnbull Street, Thorndon, from 9.30am to 4pm.  

Martin Thrupp will be presenting on the review of Tomorrow's Schools.    

Participants at the seminar do not need to have been closely involved in any of the reviews, although we would, of course, welcome the attendance of people who can provide those closer perspectives.  

Costs for registering are:

Attending physically

NZARE Members $50

Non-NZARE Members $60

Students and Retired Members $40

Attending via Zoom

All membership categories $5


9:30 a.m.

Welcomes, introductions

9:45 a.m.

Dr Martin Thrupp, Waikato University: Principles and the principals: The review of Tomorrow’s Schools and the Government’s response

10:45 a.m.

Morning tea

11:00 a.m.

Dr Cathy Wylie, NZCER: The Tomorrow’s Schools Taskforce: A member perspective on the process and outcomes

12 p.m.

Dr Judie Alison and Rob Willetts (PPTA Advisory Officer): How the Tomorrow’s Schools changes will fail to improve teachers’ conditions of work at school level: performance appraisal as a case study

12:45 p.m.


1:15 p.m.

Liam Rutherford (President/ Te Manukura) and Jane Porter (Campaign Lead), NZEI Te Riu Roa: Change: Being done ‘to’ or ‘with’ or ‘for’?

2:00 p.m.

Dr Bronwyn Wood, Victoria University: The NCEA Review of Achievement Standards: Are we heading in the right direction?

2:45 p.m.

Dr Elizabeth Rata, Auckland University: The NCEA Reforms: From incoherence to disaster

3:30 p.m.

Reflection on day - facilitated by Judie Alison

4 p.m.



For the full programme including paper descriptors please click here.