Strategies for Literacy and Mathematics & Statistics

A critical aspect of The New Zealand Curriculum (NZC) refresh, and the goal of refreshing the teaching and learning experience itself is the development of updated and refreshed strategies for mathematics and literacy in English-medium education.

A parallel strategy is being developed to strengthen the teaching and learning of Te Reo Matatini and Pāngarau.

National and international studies, assessments and monitoring have demonstrated a decline in New Zealand primary and secondary learners’ achievements in mathematics and literacy when compared to students in other, similar education systems.

The Ministry of Education is taking system-wide action to ensure that all learners achieve and progress in mathematics and literacy as foundational learning and as part of a rich curriculum experience which grows and sustains their wellbeing and that of their whānau and communities.

The development of the refreshed strategies is working alongside and integrated with initiatives such as the National Education Learning Priorities (NELP), Ka Hikitia and the Action Plan for Pacific Education.

This work has strong linkages to mahi underway across the Ministry and in the wider sector including the NCEA literacy and numeracy co-requisite, School Entry Kete, Early Learning Action Plan and the Learning Support Action Plan.

Cohesion is a critical factor in achieving appropriate and meaningful outcomes for all learners.

A significant programme of work has been taking place to support the strategy development and we have been engaging with a range of groups and individuals to widen the consultation process.

We can only make progress when we are able to take advantage of the full cross-section of viewpoints and experiences.

Background information that relates to the work underway:

Strategies for Literacy and Mathematics & Statistics, and for Te Reo Matatini and Pāngarau page(external link).

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