Curriculum Leads Recruitment

We are establishing new Curriculum Lead positions to provide frontline support to schools, kura, early learning services and Ngā kōhanga reo.

The roles will be truly transformational. Our leads will play a pivotal role in ensuring that the wellbeing of every learner is at the heart of our education system.

On this page:

  • applying for one, or more, of our Curriculum Lead roles
  • the skills, attributes and values that we are seeking in applicants
  • the importance of these roles to the wellbeing of our learners; especially Māori, Pacific, and disabled learners, and those from lower socio-economic backgrounds
  • the significance of these roles to supporting our educators to develop their local curriculum in a way that will enrich the wellbeing of learners.
  • additional resources to support you with your application(s).

Wellbeing is strongly linked to the design and implementation of local curriculum and marau ā-kura.

The New Zealand Curriculum, Te Marautanga o Aotearoa, Te Whāriki, Te Whāriki a te Kōhanga Reo and Te Aho Matua all support the development of positive, resilient, confident and connected children and young people. 

Wellbeing and education

Children and young people who are happy and healthy learn better. And learners who feel safe and confident in themselves and in their learning environments, are those who best engage and achieve in education, in work, and in life.

When children and young people have a strong sense of wellbeing, they can engage meaningfully in learning. National and international research(external link), and the education profession, all tell us that learners who are safe, secure and confident are those who best progress, engage and achieve in education and in life. 

Overview of the roles

To support this important work, we are a building a national team to:

  • Provide hands-on support to teachers and kaiako so they can deliver high-quality local curriculum and marau ā-kura with a focus on wellbeing.
  • Build collaborative networks within communities and actively share local practices.
  • Work with teachers and leaders to have frontline support for curriculum design and newly developed curriculum resources, rauemi and guidelines such as the Wellbeing and Mental Health Education Guidelines, refreshed Relationship and Sexuality Education Guidelines(external link) and Hauora (curriculum) and Social and Emotional Learning resources. 

Current opportunities

We are currently recruiting for the following:

Curriculum Leads

  • Number of vacancies: up to 33
  • Region: all regions
  • Further information/to apply: visit our careers centre(external link) and search for a Curriculum Lead position by your preferred location.

Senior Curriculum Leads

  • Number of vacancies: 4
  • Region: Auckland, Waikato, Wellington, Canterbury
  • Further information/to apply: visit our careers centre(external link) and search for a Senior Curriculum Lead position by your preferred location.

Curriculum Lead Manager

What we are looking for

To be successful you will need:

  • Extensive knowledge and experience in teaching and learning, leadership, curriculum and assessment theory and practice, and an ability to support professional change at a school, kura, early learning or ngā kōhanga reo level.
  • Experiential knowledge and competencies in supporting curriculum design that has evidenced improved outcomes for diverse communities.
  • Strong facilitation skills with highly honed interpersonal skills, diplomacy and an ability to adapt to different interaction styles and contexts.
  • Proven experience of building and maintaining effective relationships with whānau, Māori and Pacific communities.
  • Curriculum Leads working in Māori Medium settings will need a strong knowledge of Te Reo.
  • The Curriculum Lead Manager will need a track record of people management and leadership.
  • Senior Curriculum Leads will need in-depth curriculum expertise and a deep working knowledge in one or more of the New Zealand curricula.

Overview of the recruitment process

The following table provides an overview of the key dates in the recruitment process. Please note these may be subject to change.



Mon 12 Oct – Sun 1 Nov

Applications open

Mon 9 Nov – Fri 27 Nov


By Mid Dec.

Referencing, due diligence and offer process complete


New hires start

Further information

Why are Curriculum Leads being appointed?

We have been told that schools and kura would like more support to weave wellbeing into their local curriculum and marau ā-kura.

They have been appointed to make sure teachers and leaders in early learning, ngā kōhanga reo, kura and schools have access to hands-on support for designing and delivering quality curriculum, teaching and learning for ākonga.

Where will they be based?

The Curriculum Leads will be based at the Ministry’s regional offices. Other just-in-time information and advice on curriculum will be available from the curriculum team in national office.

When will they start working with schools?

The first leads will be in place from Term 1, 2021.

What will they do?

The Curriculum Leads will work directly with teachers and kaiako in schools, kura, early learning services and ngā kōhanga reo in all regions. They will provide frontline support to teachers and kaiako to deliver a high-quality local curriculum and marau ā-kura with a focus on wellbeing.

Why is there a focus on wellbeing?

New Zealanders identified wellbeing as a priority in the Kōrero Mātauranga | Education Conversation(external link) and COVID-19 further highlighted the importance of supporting happy, healthy and connected learners.

Children and young people who feel safe and confident in themselves and in their learning environments, are those who best engage and achieve in education, in work and in life.

A culturally responsive inclusive local curriculum or marau ā-kura, that supports the identities, languages, cultures of all ākonga also supports ākonga wellbeing. Wellbeing weaves across all curricula.

Has the sector been consulted?

Yes, we held a number of workshops with the sector to discuss the roles and the kind of experience and skills required.

We got rich and valuable feedback which we have used when drawing up role descriptions. We want to continue working with the sector to further refine the roles and ways of working of the Curriculum Leads. The next step is to design how these roles will connect with and support leaders and teachers most effectively.

Are these positions permanent?

These are permanent positions but there will be opportunities to discuss secondments.

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