Refreshed learning area content and supports

Refreshed English learning area

The English learning area has been refreshed as part of Te Mātaiaho | the refreshed New Zealand curriculum.

It will need to be used in schools and kura from the start of 2025.

The Ministry engaged widely with the education sector, ākonga, whānau, iwi and communities. Read our feedback reports here.

This page includes a range of supports to help schools and kura start using the refreshed English learning area, including guides, videos and classroom materials.

Guide for getting started

The guide for getting started will help you:

  • Learn about the key changes in English
  • Find starting points to explore and use the refreshed curriculum content
  • Connect to resources, guidance material, supports, and PLD.

Progression in Action

The Progression in Action guidance supports you to notice the cumulative depth and breadth from one Progress Outcome to the next to help you design rich learning opportunities for your students.

By viewing them as a complete set, you can see progression across the phases of the learner pathway to ensure consistent expectations in your programme planning.


The planning templates and examples support you to develop your English programme or individual units. They link the whakapapa design of Te Mātaiaho to the planning process.

Learning area content cards

School leaders and kaiako can use the cards to plan an English programme. These cards are available to download below (we recommend you print them single sided).

Video example of kahui ako participating in a planning session with curriculum content cards

Learning in Action Videos

These videos show teachers trialling new English curriculum content. They discuss their planning processes, and a range of teaching strategies and learning activities.

Updates to learning area content

The draft refreshed English learning area was updated in May 2023 with minor changes:

  • We improved consistency of how te Tiriti o Waitangi is expressed throughout Te Mātaiaho
  • “Important considerations” is now “Planning for teaching”
  • Te Mātaiaho is being redesigned in A4 size instead of A3.

The draft refreshed English learning area was updated in September 2023 with minor changes to correct spelling and layout errors. (Published 2 November 2023)