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  • Rather than being prescriptive on content, the New Zealand Curriculum prioritises key competencies so all children can be lifelong learners.
  • On average, educators spend $300 a year of their own money on resources for students, a survey of 250 NZEI members found.
  • New Zealand’s top students perform among the best in the world in international PISA tests. But child poverty means our proportion of children who don’t achieve is also high.
  • New Zealanders paid $1billion in voluntary school donations between 2000 and 2014. Half of it went to decile 9 and 10 schools.
  • NZ's early childhood curriculum, Te Whāriki, was considered a world-first when it was developed in the 1990s. It is still an international leader.
  • New Zealand students and educators rate near the top in the developed world for using digital technologies, according to OECD research.
  • Around 10% of New Zealand children receive some special education support. In Finland, the figure is 30%.
  • New Zealand teachers are among the most professional in the world, says a TALIS report.

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