Curriculum Advisory Group: Expressions of interest now open

Through the Curriculum, Progress and Achievement work programme and Reform of the Tomorrow’s Schools system we have heard that we need a strong, independent curriculum voice to guide the curriculum work programme. This is why we are establishing a Curriculum Advisory Group.

How we got here

The Kōrero Mātauranga highlighted a clear need for the Ministry of Education to provide trusted curriculum leadership across the system, through more genuine interaction with the education sector.

We have already begun this journey through our work together to identify how we can ensure that the national curricula meet the needs of all parts of the education system – across Te Whāriki, Te Marautanga o Aotearoa, and the New Zealand Curriculum in both Māori and English medium settings.

As a result of work done through the Early Learning Action Plan, Curriculum, Progress and Achievement work programme, NCEA Review and the Review of Tomorrow’s schools we now have a comprehensive curriculum work programme to strengthen the national curricula and their delivery. This includes the recently announced refresh of the national curriculum for schooling, and a range of other actions to improve teaching and learning for all ākonga as they progress through early learning and schooling.

What will the Curriculum Advisory Group do?

We are seeking expressions of interest from respected and proven curriculum experts (both practitioners and academics) to join the new Curriculum Advisory Group.

Expressions of interest

The Curriculum Advisory Group (CAG) will help to strengthen the Ministry's national curriculum leadership by providing expert advice on the direction for the curriculum work programme.

The CAG will take a strategic view of the collective impact of the curriculum work programme and provide advice to the Ministry about how learners and educators experience Aotearoa’s curriculum system.

In particular, the CAG will draw on innovative research and on-the-ground knowledge to enhance the Ministry’s curriculum design and implementation.

The CAG will also bring diverse voices from across the education system into the curriculum work programme to strengthen our focus on:

  • equitable outcomes for all ākonga and their whānau
  • giving effect to Te Tiriti o Waitangi
  • the rights of the child.

The CAG will not replace the need for other advisory groups who engage with specific learning pathways and curriculum priorities, including NCEA. The CAG may be able to access further expertise from such groups where required on work within its scope.

It is also our intention to simultaneously establish a rōpū whakaruruhau to provide advice to the Ministry on mātauranga Māori in curriculum. The work of Te Whakaruruhau will supplement the CAG’s advice by providing an additional depth of expert knowledge in mātauranga Māori in curriculum.

Knowledge and expertise

The advice provided by the CAG must represent the interests of all parts of the education system from early learning to senior secondary (including NCEA) in both Māori and English-medium.

We are seeking qualified and respected experts holding broad and deep curriculum knowledge and expertise across the breadth of education pathways. This includes:

  • Te Marautanga o Aotearoa
  • The New Zealand Curriculum
  • Te Whāriki
  • Te Whāriki a te Kōhanga Reo
  • Mātauranga and Te Ao Māori
  • Te Reo Māori
  • Experiential ('lived') experience of curriculum in action – for example, successes, failures and insights
  • Ākonga Māori in English-medium settings
  • Inclusive education in Māori and/or English-medium pathways
  • He Taimaiti Hei Raukura
  • Pacific education.

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