The Post Primary Teachers Association is urging political parties to stop playing ping pong with education policy.
The secondary teachers union began its annual conference in Wellington today with a call for the parties to work together to develop policy based on evidence of what actually works.
PPTA president Robin Duff says education has been treated like a sports fixture that pits politicians against unions and schools against tertiary education providers.
He says that approach does not help students or the country.
Mr Duff says political parties should instead work together to develop education policy that is suitable for New Zealand and is evidence-based.