It’s time to refresh The New Zealand Curriculum

We are refreshing the national curriculum for schools and kura, so that every child experiences success in their learning, and their progress and achievement is responded to and celebrated. The refresh will take place from now until the end of 2025. Throughout this journey, we will be seeking input from school leaders and teachers, learners, parents and whānau.

What does the curriculum refresh mean for you and your child?

  • Your child’s identities, languages and cultures will be valued.
  • It will be clear what your child needs to know, understand and do throughout their schooling.
  • Your child’s teacher will be better supported to identify and respond to your child’s strengths, aspirations and needs.

Why are we doing this?

Since 2018 we have invited parents, whānau and learners to give us feedback on the national curriculum for schooling through consultations such as the Education Conversation and NCEA review. People have told us there are things that need to change and there needs to be stronger focus on:

  • The identities, languages, cultures and wellbeing of children
  • The most important learning/the learning that matters
  • Valuing Aotearoa’s bicultural foundation
  • Inclusive learning experiences that respond to the needs of children and young people
  • Parent participation in the education of their children and better feedback from teachers on their child’s progress and next steps.

What is the New Zealand Curriculum?

The New Zealand Curriculum guides what your child learns at school. It helps teachers know what things your child should learn throughout their school journey. It is taught in all schools in New Zealand where teaching is in English. Teachers weave the national curriculum with local context from the community to develop learning programmes for their students.

The national curriculum for primary, intermediate and secondary learners has two parts:

  • The New Zealand Curriculum which is taught in English Medium schools
  • Te Marautanga o Aotearoa which is taught in Māori Medium kura and wharekura

What’s changing?

The refreshed New Zealand Curriculum will be clear about the learning that matters and describe what progress looks like for learners. It will give better support to teachers and ensure every young person leaves school with the skills, capabilities and knowledge they need to be successful.

To do this the curriculum must:

Support schools to value the identity, language and culture of all learners so your child feels they belong in the education system.

  • Be clear about the learning that is important for all children so that all learners make progress and achieve.
  • Be easy for schools and teachers to use, and specific about what learners must know, understand and do to progress and achieve.

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