Government of New Brunswick


New Brunswick’s 10-year education plan

Education is at the heart of New Brunswick’s future success and competitiveness.  

That’s why it’s so important that we work together to improve our educational performance and better prepare our young people for the economy of tomorrow.

New Brunswick’s 10-year education plan was developed with the input of parents, youth, teachers, experts, community and business leaders. It focuses on setting objectives in key priority areas using a performance management system, creating lifelong learners and challenging everyone to do their best.  

Everyone at their best is the 10-year plan specific to the Anglophone system. Its priorities include:

  • Establishing a culture of belonging and valuing diversity;
  • Ensuring pre-school children develop the competencies they need;
  • Improving literacy skills;
  • Improving numeracy skills;
  • Improving learning in, and application of, the arts, science, trades and technology;
  • Meeting the needs of First Nation children and youth;
  • Nurturing healthy values, attitudes and behaviours;
  • Ensuring learners graduate with fundamental French language proficiencies; and
  • Fostering learner leadership, citizenship and entrepreneurial spirit.  

Donnons à nos enfants une longueur d’avance (giving our children an edge) is the 10-year plan specific to the Francophone system. Its priorities include:

  • Career and life readiness;
  • Wellness;
  • Identity building;
  • Citizenship education and diversity;
  • First Nations;
  • School and life readiness;
  • Literacy; and
  • Numeracy and science, engineering and technology

Moving the priorities in both plans forward will depend on a number of underlying conditions that will ensure we are successful in reaching our goals and objectives:

  • The application of formal performance management principles;
  • Equitable access to programs and services;
  • Engagement of and support for families (recognition of parents as first educators);
  • Enhancement of educators’ skills and competencies;
  • Leadership;
  • Integrated and seamless continuum of learning; and
  • Access to appropriate infrastructure and information and communication technologies. 


A priority we can all agree on

A new, five-year agreement with the New Brunswick Teachers Federation includes a number of specific measures designed to help with the successful implementation of the 10-year education plan.

Among them is a research project initiative that, for the first time, will increase the hours of instruction for some students in kindergarten to grade 2.

Starting in September 2018, 17 schools across the province will participate in a research project to increase instructional time for K-2 students by one hour per day. This time, along with additional resources, will be used to provide greater opportunities for students to reach the expected learning outcomes with a focus on literacy, numeracy, physical education, art and music. This is a joint initiative between the federation and the department. The project will run for three years, and will be evaluated by independent experts.

“Your government’s priority is improving educational outcomes so our kids can be successful in school and in the job market,” said Premier Brian Gallant. “This agreement with our province’s teachers reflects our commitment to education and to providing the resources required to support the successful implementation of the 10-year education plans.”

The agreement will also see the addition of 250 school-based teachers to the education system to support classroom teachers and work with students, particularly in classrooms with classroom composition challenges.

NB’s education system by the numbers:
  • Every day, more than 97,000 children file into NB schools, ready to learn and grow.
  • The new five-year collective agreement (March 1, 2016 to February 28, 2021) covers nearly 8,000 teachers, supply teachers, vice-principals and principals.
  • The agreement adds a 60-minute increase in instructional time in 17 schools across the province to provide greater opportunity to meet learning objectives, at the K-2 level.
  • The agreement also adds 250 teachers by the 2018-2019 school year.
  • The agreement also includes annual wage increases of 1 per cent, in keeping with agreements reached with other union and non-union employees.