Refreshing The New Zealand Curriculum

Mā te huruhuru ka rere te manu

Adorn the bird with feathers so it may soar


The Ministry is two years into a six-year programme to refresh The New Zealand Curriculum.

Te Mātaiaho | the refreshed curriculum will support every ākonga (learner) to experience success in their learning. It will give effect to Te Tiriti o Waitangi, and will be inclusive, clear about the learning that matters, and easy to use from year 0 to year 13.

The refreshed curriculum content is being developed and released in phases, and schools and kura will have until the beginning of 2027 to start using the fully refreshed curriculum.

The first stage of the refresh took effect at the start of 2023, and new Aotearoa New Zealand's histories content must now be taught in all schools.

From 2025, schools must use the refreshed mathematics and statistics and English learning areas. The implementation deadline for the full curricula is 2027.


Update on learning areas

The next drafts of the science, arts and technology learning areas will be available on this website in Term 4.

The feedback timeframe will stay open until March 2024, so schools, kura, students and whānau will have five months to engage with, review and provide feedback on these learning areas. 

You will be able to engage with the learning areas through this website in Term 4.


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