Strengthening Digital Technologies Hangarau Matihiko in the curriculum

To understand what skills were needed most by our young people to thrive in a digital society we asked you, and other experts in education and technology.


Digital Technologies and Hangarau Matihiko is about teaching our tamariki and children how technology works, and how they can use that knowledge to solve problems. 

Once this new curriculum is introduced, our kids won’t just be using devices like computers and smart phones. The changed curriculum will mean that schools will be teaching our young people the computer science principles that all digital technologies are built on.

Students will find out about how computers work — understanding what makes ‘algorithms’ and ‘binary code’.

Our young people will benefit from having these future thinking skills.

Consultation documents

Our priority is to ensure that the new curriculum content will work for teachers, kaiako, schools and kura, so our learners can achieve the best possible learning outcomes.

The National Curriculum is composed of the New Zealand Curriculum and Te Marautanga o Aotearoa which set the direction for student learning and provide guidance for schools as they design and review their curriculum.

Digital Technologies and Hangarau Matihiko consultation document — The New Zealand Curriculum [PDF, 5.5 MB]

Digital Technologies and Hangarau Matihiko consultation document — Te Marautanga o Aotearoa [PDF, 5.5 MB]

Digital Technologies and Hangarau Matihiko consultation document — Te Marautanga o Aotearoa (English version) [PDF, 1.8 MB]

Frequently Asked Questions — English version [PDF, 551 KB]

Frequently Asked Questions — Te Reo Māori version [PDF, 554 KB]

Information workshop video

The following is our information workshop video.

Workshops were provided around the country in July and August 2017.

Multiple sessions were provided in each region, and targeted to specific audiences:
Morning session — focused on school, kura and kahui ako leaders and members of Boards of Trustees
Afternoon session — focused on teachers and kaiako - split into two workshops, English and Māori medium
Community evening session — focused on parents, whānau, community and industry

Consultation feedback reports

The Ministry of Education ran a consultation on the draft curriculum which closed on 3 September 2017.

Summary report

Commentary on the feedback, recommendations from an independent Curriculum Advisory Group, and an overview on the changes we made are available in a summary report. The report includes:

  • the process we've followed in developing and consulting on the draft curriculum content
  • once consultation feedback was collected, a summary of what we heard and what we’re doing as a result
  • the next steps for the education sector to introduce the new curriculum content into schools and kura.

Summary report  — How we’ve strengthened Digital Technologies and Hangarau Matihiko content in the curriculum (web version)

Summary report — How we’ve strengthened Digital Technologies and Hangarau Matihiko content in the curriculum [PDF, 892 KB]

Consultation process report

Martin Jenkins' Consultation Process Report summarises and collates feedback received from the public consultation.

Consultation Process Report [PDF, 3.7 MB]

Curriculum Advisory Group report

The Curriculum Advisory Group was established as an independent panel of experts commissioned to advise the Ministry on the draft Digital Technologies and Hangarau Matihiko curriculum content consultation feedback — and provide recommendations.

Curriculum Advisory Group report [PDF, 2.2 MB] 

The Ministry of Education’s response to the Curriculum Advisory Group Report is available on request. It's a collation of the Curriculum Advisory Group Report and the Ministry’s detailed response to the consultation feedback.

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