Role of education in building
successful communities
Phil O’Reilly BusinessNZ
NZ Principals Federation
4 April 2014
What communities need from
education system
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The basics
Expectations
Benchmarks
Thinking early about careers
Incentivising performance
Multiple pathways
Information
Accountability
Skills
• Why business cares
• More education doesn’t necessarily mean
more relevant skills or more productivity
• Our challenge: enhance the value from
investment & effort
Curriculum
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Changed expectations
Not just technical skills
Core skills essential
Financial literacy, business skills
& experience
• Awareness of other cultures &
languages ‘economic imperative’
Connected
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Learners
Business & world of work
Community
Information
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