Teacher-Only Days 2023 and 2024

Four teacher-only days are available for primary and secondary schools and kura - two days in 2023 and two days in 2024. These days are to support significant changes in curriculum and assessment.

Level of compliance Main audience Other


  • Boards
  • Principals and Tumuaki
  • Teachers and Kaiako


These teacher-only days will provide schools and kura with dedicated time to understand, prepare and engage with changes across The New Zealand Curriculum refresh, the redesign of Te Marautanga o Aotearoa, and shifts to strengthen NCEA. They are opportunities for kaiako to share ideas and expertise, and to grow their confidence in implementing the upcoming curriculum and assessment changes.


A Sector Advisory Group will advise on the planning for each teacher-only day. A key consideration is minimising clashes for schools and kura, and selecting dates to avoid regional or cultural events, interschool fixtures, and key NCEA assessment dates where possible.

The first teacher-only day in 2023 must be held in the first two weeks of Term 2: Monday 24 April – Friday 5 May 2023. Schools and kura will be able to pick any date within that two-week time-period to hold their first teacher-only day – based on what date best suits them and their community.

When planning these dates, we recommend that places of learning coordinate a common day with other schools and kura in the area. This will provide kaiako and leaders with more opportunities for collaboration and minimise disruption to whānau. 

The focus of each day

Schools and kura can tailor teacher-only days to meet their needs, by focusing on whichever curriculum and assessment changes they choose. We recognise each place of learning will be at a different stage in their change journey, so we’re encouraging selection of a focus that matters most to them, their kaiako, ākonga, whānau, and hapori.

Focus might include:

  • becoming more familiar with the new Understand, Know, Do progressions
  • getting to know Te Tamaiti Hei Raukura and the four Pou
  • developing learning experiences that reflect local aspirations in marau ā-kura.

Resources and supports to help with planning

We will provide schools and kura with a ‘resource menu’ – a list of available resources and possible focus points to support teacher-only day planning. 

Resources are provided as starting points for planning teacher-only days. Facilitation guides and activites are available from Te Mahau I Teacher Only Days 2023 and 2024(external link)

Further information

If you have any questions or suggestions regarding teacher-only days, please feel free to contact enquiries.national@education.govt.nz.


Changes to The New Zealand Curriculum - Education(external link)

Redesigning Te Marautanga o Aotearoa - Kauwhata Reo(external link)

NCEA - Education(external link)

Confirmed teacher-only days for 2023 and 2024 (Media statement 30 November 2022)

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