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.

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. 

Read more: Teacher-only days 2023-2024: Timing - Te Mahau(external link)

Schools and kura participating in Curriculum and Assessment teacher-only days within the set timeframes do not need to make up any half-days. The number of half-days required to be open for instruction will be reduced

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.

Further information

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

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