Common Practice Model

The Common Practice Model is an important part of the Literacy & Communication and Maths Strategy, which aims to lift educational outcomes for all students and mokopuna in Aotearoa New Zealand.

What is the Common Practice Model?

The Common Practice Model (CPM) will:

  • outline principles and evidence-informed pedagogical approaches and practices to underpin teaching and learning for literacy & communication and maths within Te Whāriki and The New Zealand Curriculum
  • guide quality-assured teaching and assessment practices and approaches for early learning through to the end of secondary schooling across Aotearoa New Zealand
  • be embedded into supports and resources, professional learning supports and will influence Initial Teacher Education programmes (ITE)
  • provide clarity and consistency for kaiako/teachers and students and mokopuna, bring rigour to the teaching and learning of literacy, communication and maths, and support equity and excellence for all students and mokopuna.

Why we are developing a Common Practice Model

Through the development of the Literacy & Communication and Maths Strategy, we heard that the Ministry needed to provide greater clarity and direction on teaching and learning for literacy & communication and maths. This is the goal of the CPM.

Prioritising the delivery of the CPM means kaiako/teachers and leaders across early learning and schooling will be better supported in providing high-quality literacy & communication and maths teaching and learning experiences to students and mokopuna.  

Connecting with other work

The CPM is part of a much wider programme of work by the Ministry to enable and support learning by all students and mokopuna. It aligns with a range of other work including Te Whāriki and Te Mātaiaho | the refreshed New Zealand Curriculum. 

Broadly speaking, the New Zealand Curriculum describes 'what' is taught while the Common Practice Model focuses on 'how' to teach for literacy, communication and maths.

How the model has been established

How we developed the CPM

CPM for early learning

CPM for early learning

CPM for schooling

CPM for schooling

Resources to support understanding of the CPM

View our videos, illustrations, articles and short summaries for more information and context about the CPM.

CPM resources 

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