Here I will try to give the basic information on IES, so that you can get an understanding of the proposals and the issues and form your own view on whether IES might be a positive move for schools or not.
In late January, the Prime Minister announced that government would be investing $359m in education.
The announcement said this move was to raise student achievement.
The plans had not been discussed with teachers, unions, parents, or Boards of Trustees beforehand.
After the announcement, a Working Group was formed to give advice on how to progress the Investing in Educational Success initiative.
Hekia Parata has refused to rule out that the plans would be forcible implemented if unions fail to agree the proposals.
Working Group has now reported on Investing in Educational Success. The report is divided into two parts. Part one contains the Working Group’s advice on the design and implementation of Investing in Educational Success. Part two provides advice and members’ independent background papers.
The initiative has been received with caution. Broadly speaking, it has been received less well by the primary school sector than the secondary school sector.
The Labour Party declared at this weekend that they would get rid of IES.
The Internet Party have not yet outlined what they would do.
Mana do not mention it in their education policy document.
National are, of course, in favour of IES, and Hekia Parata refused to rule out imposing it by force.
A detailed overview of IES, the background to it, the conflicts between secondary and primary sectors, and other issues is discussed in detail here, by Martin Thrupp, Professor of Education at the University of Waikato.
Please feel free to add links to additional information, below, in the comments.