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School Leavers' Toolkit (NZ0014)



Action Plan: New Zealand Action Plan 2018-2020

Action Plan Cycle: 2018

Status: Active


Lead Institution: Ministry of Education

Support Institution(s): NA

Policy Areas

Capacity Building, Education, Public Service Delivery

IRM Review

IRM Report: Pending IRM Review

Starred: Pending IRM Review

Early Results: Pending IRM Review

Design i

Verifiable: Yes

Relevant to OGP Values: Access to Information Civic Participation

Potential Impact:

Implementation i



Commitment 3: School Leavers’ Toolkit
To develop a Schools Leavers’ Toolkit, comprising a suite of tools, resources
and curriculum supports making it much simpler for schools to:
• Integrate civics, financial literacy and workplace competencies into their
local curriculum
• Understand and respond to learners’ levels of civic and financial literacy,
and work readiness
• Effectively teach civics, financial literacy and workplace competencies.
Civics education, and an understanding of how government and the
democratic process works, is an important element in developing young
people who are confident, connected, actively involved, lifelong learners.
The Toolkit will also provide a vehicle for increasing young people’s access to
other Plan commitments, such as the information products being developed
by the Office of the Clerk, and the Youth Parliament programme, delivered
by the Ministry of Youth Development and the Office of the Speaker of the
New Zealand House of Representatives.
Every young person can access the civic and financial literacy, and workplace
skills, they need to succeed, before they leave schooling.
Status quo:
The National Curriculum already provides for civics and financial literacy
and capabilities and workplace competencies. This includes high-level
commitments to citizenship and readying young people for participation in
the community.
In practice, schools and kura are variable in the extent to which they deliver
the breadth of civics, financial literacy and workplace competencies.
Research indicates that New Zealand teachers are confident teaching topics
in the social sciences related to cultural identities, equality, human rights
and the environment, but only moderately confident teaching aspects of
civics such as legal, political and constitutional topics.2
In addition, there is
an inconsistent view across New Zealand schools about what ‘civic and
citizenship education’ ought to involve and what means are effective in
developing students’ competencies.3 Approach:
We will work directly with young people, to co-design a schools
engagement plan that ensures the voices of young people, their parents,
whānau/family and the wider school community are at the forefront of our
Toolkit development process.
This approach to the Toolkit is designed to evolve as we develop an
increasingly sophisticated understanding of the resources, tools and
supports currently available, and the barriers which currently impede
schools and kura from offering a full range of civics, financial literacy and
workplace competencies. This initial exploratory phase will inform the
detailed approach we take to achieving the Toolkit’s objective.
Lead agency: Ministry of Education
Timeline: June 2018 – June 2020
Commitment 3: The School Leavers’ Toolkit – providing opportunities for
young people to access civics education and financial literacy education and
key workplace competencies
OGP Values Public Participation
Verifiable and measurable milestones to fulfil
the commitment
Start date End date
Stocktake of existing Toolkit resources complete June 2018 September
Ministers consider Ministry of Education analysis
of opportunities to support expanded access to
Toolkit opportunities
Exploratory co-design phase concludes and is used
to inform detailed implementation support plan
June 2018 February
Pilot implementation reporting and evaluation


  1. Engagement with Parliament

    NZ0012, 2018, Capacity Building

  2. Youth Parliament

    NZ0013, 2018, Capacity Building

  3. School Leavers' Toolkit

    NZ0014, 2018, Capacity Building

  4. Making New Zealand’S Secondary Legislation Readily Accessible

    NZ0015, 2018, E-Government

  5. Public Participation in Policy Development

    NZ0016, 2018, Capacity Building

  6. Service Design

    NZ0017, 2018, Capacity Building

  7. Official Information

    NZ0018, 2018, Legislation & Regulation

  8. Review of Government Use of Algorithms

    NZ0019, 2018, Science & Technology

  9. Data Practice Transparency

    NZ0020, 2018, Capacity Building

  10. Monitoring Information Management Practice

    NZ0021, 2018, Legislation & Regulation

  11. Open Data Government Organizations

    NZ0022, 2018, E-Government

  12. Open Procurement

    NZ0023, 2018, E-Government

  13. Open Budget

    NZ0005, 2016, Capacity Building

  14. Improving Official Information Practices

    NZ0006, 2016, Capacity Building

  15. Improving Open Data Access and Principles

    NZ0007, 2016, Capacity Building

  16. Tracking Progress and Outcomes of Open Government Data Release

    NZ0008, 2016, Capacity Building

  17. Ongoing Engagement for OGP

    NZ0009, 2016, Capacity Building

  18. Starred commitment Improving Access to Legislation

    NZ0010, 2016, Capacity Building

  19. Improving Policy Practices

    NZ0011, 2016, Capacity Building

  20. BPS Result 10 – New Zealanders Can Complete Their Transactions with the Government Easily in a Digital Environment

    NZ0001, 2014, E-Government

  21. ICT Strategy Action 13 – Open by Default: Active Re-use of Information Assets

    NZ0002, 2014, Capacity Building

  22. National Integrity System Assessment

    NZ0003, 2014, Anti-Corruption Institutions

  23. The Kia TūTahi Relationship Accord

    NZ0004, 2014, Capacity Building