Literacy & Communication and Maths Strategy

On this page you will find details about the Literacy & Communication and Maths Strategy, including the Action Plans that will help realise the Strategy’s vision over the next few years.

A foundation for learning

Strong literacy & communication and maths skills provide a foundation for learning for Aotearoa New Zealand’s ākonga, so they can enjoy full and meaningful lives secure in their identities, languages, cultures, and values. These foundational skills help sustain their wellbeing and that of their whānau and communities. They are critical factors in the learning journey from early learning right through to the end of secondary education and beyond.

This roadmap highlights the key work being done to realise the Strategy over 2022-2023:

You can also download the report on the evidence, engagement, and emerging themes gathered to provide insight, experience, and expertise to the Strategy’s development: Insights that informed the Literacy & Communication and Maths Strategy [PDF, 2 MB]

Papers commissioned to contribute to the development of the strategy may be found on this website at: Research papers and other supporting material

For questions and comments: Literacy.Communication.Maths@education.govt.nz

The Action Plans

The Literacy & Communication and Maths Action Plans detail the actions required to realise the vision of the Strategy. Each Action Plan (one specific to literacy & communication, and one to maths) provides you with a clear understanding of the ways that we will reach the Strategy’s goals.

The Action Plans will be implemented over the next several years in collaboration with educators, and in alignment with other work already underway to support our ākonga and kaiako.

A timeline of the actions being developed over 2022-2023 is available, so that you can have an indication of what is coming soon. You can download that timeline here: Literacy & Communication and Maths Roadmap [PDF, 211 KB]

You can also download the Literacy & Communication and Maths Action Plans [PDF, 5.7 MB]

Why we need the Literacy & Communication and Maths Strategy

We want to make sure every child and young person experiences success in their learning and that their progress and achievement are responded to and celebrated. The strategy’s focus is about addressing equity and lifting achievement because the way things are is not working well for all learners and we are trying to make it work better.

Literacy & communication and maths are foundational areas of learning from early learning through to senior secondary school. This strategy’s focus emphasises more explicit attention to literacy and numeracy in learning across the curriculum, which supports learners to better access its richness. We don’t want a focus on these foundational skills to lead to a narrowing of the curriculum.

Implementation of the strategy will inevitably bring with it some changes in how we approach teaching and learning to achieve the results we are aiming for. Throughout the process we will be working collaboratively with the education community and there will be clear and timely communication along the way.

What you need to know

For early learning services

Our journey has started through the Early Learning Action Plan, and its focus on better supporting ākonga to develop capabilities that are valued by their whānau and community, and supporting them to be competent and confident learners. We have already released Te Kōrerorero | Talking Together. We are also working with kaiako on Kōwhiti Whakapae, which will help them strengthen formative assessment and teaching practice for foundational learning in Te Whāriki.

The Strategy’s Common Practice Model will guide teaching and learning that is appropriate to different stages and phases of learning. It will include separate, distinct components (such as Kōwhiti Whakapae) for early learning that are within the bicultural, inclusive, and holistic framework of Te Whāriki. Support will be available through Te Whāriki Online(external link)

For Primary teachers and leaders

The strategy confirms and aligns with the overall direction we are already putting in place through the refresh of The New Zealand Curriculum (NZC).

A lot of the actions in the Action Plans will help you to work more effectively with the refreshed NZC, with a range of updated and new supports signalled in the Strategy. Some of these improvements to our supports are already underway, such as the Early Literacy Approach(external link) 

The Strategy will introduce the Common Practice Model, developed in collaboration with the education community. ‘Common’ in this case does not mean creating a one-size-fits all approach. It is about creating greater national consistency around the quality of practice, by providing clear and practical guidance alongside a range of resources, tools and professional learning.

For Secondary teachers and leaders

The NCEA Change Programme already includes a focus on strengthening NCEA literacy and numeracy. The Literacy & Communication and Maths Strategy will help kaiako support the progress of ākonga in these foundational skills across different subjects. This will also support ākonga to be successful with the new NCEA literacy and numeracy co-requisites, while recognising that emphasis on literacy & communication and maths remains important across and beyond the learning pathway. Strengthening teaching and learning earlier in the pathway will mean that ākonga enter secondary school well-placed for success in learning and in life.

A range of updated and new supports are signalled in the Strategy, including the introduction of the Common Practice Model.  This will be developed in collaboration with the education community and include clear, practical guidance alongside a range of resources, tools and professional learning appropriate to different stages of learning, from early learning through to the end of secondary schooling.  

For PLD providers

There is no immediate change for PLD providers.

Schools and kura seeking PLD support under the regionally allocated PLD fund can still use the facilitator search tool on the PLD website(external link) to search for facilitators across literacy & communication and maths.

The Strategy will introduce the Common Practice Model to support more consistent literacy & communication and maths teaching, assessment, and learning approaches. ‘Common’ in this case does not mean creating a one-size-fits all approach. It is about creating greater national consistency around the quality of practice, by providing clear and practical guidance alongside a range of resources, tools and professional learning.

The Common Practice Model will be developed in collaboration with the education community, including PLD providers. PLD providers delivering professional learning will be required to align with the Common Practice Model to help embed it across the system. This will ensure that kaiako get more consistency in terms of approaches supported by our PLD facilitator workforce and their alignment to the refreshed curriculum.

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