Preface (183.1KB PDF)
Tomorrow's Schools education reform
On this page you will find links to the core documents for the 1989 reforms that came to be known as 'Tomorrow's Schools'.
1987: Treasury briefing for Incoming Ministers (BIM)
Every government department prepares a briefing for its incoming ministers following a general election. In 1987, the Treasury provided and extensive briefing that included a separate volume on the need for radical change in the election sector.
1988: Administering for Excellence (the Picot Report)
The 'Picot taskforce' was set up by the government in response to the Treasury's 1987 briefing, to review the education sector and recommend changes. The taskfarce's report, Administering for Excellence, was published in 1988.
1989: Tomorrow's Schools
In 1989, the government released their education policy in reponse to the Administering for Excellence report. This documnet, called Tomorrow's Schools was the blueprint for the education sector as we know it today.
1987: Treasury briefing for Incoming Ministers Report
1 -Setting the scene (1.02MB PDF)
4 - Primary education (1.81MB PDF)
5 - Secondary education (2.53MB PDF)
6 - Cultural pluralism and education (2.54MB PDF)
7 - Cultural pluralism and education (721.44KB PDF)
8 - Māori education (1.97MB PDF)
9 - Private overseas students policy (681.09KB PDF)
10 - Summary and conclusions (1.52MB PDF)
1988: Administering for Excellence (The Picot Report)
Introduction (2.07MB PDF)
Chapter 1 - Approach (544.55KB PDF)
Chapter 2 - Outline of existing system (1.4MB PDF)
Chapter 3 - Analysis of the existing system (1.62MB PDF)
Chapter 4 - Achieving reform (717.53KB PDF)
Chapter 5 - Local structure (1.47MB PDF)
Chapter 6 - Central structure (800.7KB PDF)
Chapter 7 - Specific issues (1.81MB PDF)
Chapter 8 - Making the change (1.27MB PDF)
Appendix 2 - Guidelines for a charter for schools (1.31MB PDF)
Appendix 3 - Example of bulk grant formulae (766.39KB PDF)
Appendix 4 - Some key facts and figures (646.23KB PDF)