Who we’re working with and ways to get involved in the refresh of The New Zealand Curriculum
Have your say. Get involved. Be part of the change.
Over the next four years, there will be regular opportunities for you to have your say as together, we refresh The New Zealand Curriculum. From fast-testing, to sector feedback, to learning area writers’ groups – we want you to have your say, get involved, and be part of the change.
Contact us at NationalCurriculum.Refresh@education.govt.nz for your opportunity to get involved in the refresh of The New Zealand Curriculum.
Feedback open now: Have Your Say
From 28 September – 2 December, we're seeking your feedback on the draft of Te Mātaiaho | the Curriculum Framework, the draft English and Mathematics & Statistics learning areas, and our draft implementation supports.
We'll be running webinars with Ministry of Education staff on Te Mātaiaho, the learning areas, and draft implementation supports over the feedback period. These webinars are the best way to get a hands on look at the changes and what they mean for you.
We want to hear from as many people as possible during this feedback period. Once you've registered for a webinar, your school will receive a hard pack of everything you need to bring the information back to your staff to facilitate a staff room session. Following this, you will have the opportunity to complete a survey giving your school’s feedback on the draft content. But if you can't make any of the webinars - we've made the surveys publicly available for you to have your say. We also have a survey for the public, so that whānau, communities, and members of the public can all have an opportunity to get involved in this important mahi.
Te Mātaiaho | A draft Te Tiriti-Honouring and Inclusive Curriculum Framework
Mātai aho tāhūnui, Lay the kaupapa down
Mātai aho tāhūroa And sustain it
Hei takapau wānanga The learning here
E hora nei Laid out before us
Gifted by Dr Wayne Ngata and members of our Rōpū Kaitiaki, "Te Mātaiaho" is the proposed working name for the Curriculum Framework and means “to observe and examine the strands of learning.”
Te Mātaiaho brings to life the shifts required for ākonga to see themselves and their learning in the refreshed curriculum. Grounded in the power of observation, Te Mātaiaho weaves together all elements that will make up the whole of The New Zealand Curriculum. More than a Framework, Te Mātaiaho is a tool that navigates the future for our ākonga by honouring our past to enrich our present.
What Te Mātaiaho includes:
- a whakapapa
- a refreshed purpose statement calling us to action
- a Te Tiriti o Waitangi statement
- a refreshed Vision for Young People – written by young people, for young people.
Te Mātaiaho weaves in Understand, Know, Do: our progression-focused model – which develops the big ideas, contexts, and practices across the learning areas, and enables increasingly rigorous and complex learning.
Building on the 2007 Curriculum, Te Mātaiaho sets out a process of ongoing design and review of local curriculum. Because you know your ākonga - their voice, wellbeing, and aspirations the best. And you know your schools, their histories, contexts, and communities the best. Together, national and local curriculum provide the basis for ākonga to flourish and thrive. Te Mātaiaho also gives practical effect to the key competencies and values within the 2007 New Zealand Curriculum and how they can be woven throughout the learning areas.
The release of the draft of Te Mātaiaho | The Curriculum Framework provides a significant opportunity to have your say on the content, vision, and direction of the refreshed New Zealand Curriculum.
Draft English and Mathematics & Statistics learning areas
Sitting within the draft Curriculum Framework will be the draft English and Mathematics & Statistics learning areas.
These draft learning areas build on our Understand, Know, Do progression model - which develops the big ideas, contexts, and practices across the learning areas, and enables increasingly rigorous and complex learning.
The draft learning areas bring to life the shifts required across the refreshed curriculum. They celebrate what is unique about Aotearoa New Zealand, they capture inclusive ideas of what success looks like, and purpose and intent are clear throughout the progressions.
The draft English and Mathematics & Statistics learning areas can be found from page 23 of Te Mātaiaho | the draft Curriculum Framework.
Draft implementation supports
Schools and kura will respond to the refreshed New Zealand curriculum in different ways, and from different starting points.
From 2023 all schools and kura can start to try out aspects of the refreshed curriculum as part of their classroom programmes.
Have your say on how well these draft implementation resources make the next steps clear.
The pack includes:
- an overview of the phased approach we're using;
- suggested starting points,
- a readiness tool to help you notice what you already do well
- an overview of resources and supports.
We are currently developing an interactive timeline that will set out the key opportunities for involvement across the entire curriculum change work programme. Keep an eye out for this. Until then - click here for a static timeline of the NZC Refresh.
As each learning area is refreshed, each will go through design, feedback, and implementation phases. We'll provide regular updates here, and through the school bulletin and curriculum newsletter on ways to get involved at each phase.
In the meantime, contact us anytime at NationalCurriculum.Refresh@education.govt.nz to get involved in the refresh of The New Zealand Curriculum.
Te Poutāhū Curriculum Newsletter
Updates from your curriculum team
The Curriculum Newsletter is the best way to stay up to date with the latest information from your curriculum team; and outlines ways to get involved. Check out past editions of the Curriculum Newsletter; and the school bulletin here. To receive these newsletters directly, opt-in by emailing email@example.com
Who we’re working with
Our oversight groups
Te Rōpū Kaitiaki is a leadership group made up of highly respected leaders and academics with expertise in mātauranga Māori, Māori education and culturally responsive inclusive education. The group was established to advise on the integrity and appropriate weaving of mātauranga Māori grounded in te ao Māori and te reo Māori me ōna tikanga through the curriculum.
The group works with Te Ohu Arataki as the Coherence Oversight Group to ensure coherence across the whole of the refreshed curriculum, and that it is true to Tiriti honouring, inclusive, clear and easy to use.
Our Rōpū Kaitiaki members are:
|Graham Hingangaroa Smith
||Distinguished Professor, Massey University|
|Wayne Ngata||Director, Ngā Pakura|
|Head of School of Indigenous Graduate Studies, Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi|
|Vaughan Bidois||Executive Director Academic, Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi|
|Sonja Macfarlane||Associate Professor, Massey University|
Ohu Arataki role is to guide the learning area writing teams and ensure that each is consistent in the use of the Understand, Know, Do progression model and progress outcomes and that this consistency leads to alignment across all the learning areas.
They work with Rōpū Kaitiaki as the Coherence Oversight Group to ensure the whole refresh, is a joined up document and meets the criteria of honouring Te Tiriti, is inclusive of all, is clear about the learning that matters and is easy to use.
Our Ohu Arataki members are:
|Wally Penetito||Emeritus Professor Education, Victoria University of Wellington|
|Hēmi Dale||Director Māori Medium Education, Te Kura Akoranga me Te Tauwhiro Tangata - Faculty of Education & Social Work, University of Auckland|
|Principal, Sylvia Park School|
|Barbara Cavanaugh||Principal, Huntly College|
|Graeme Aitken||Emeritus Professor, University of Auckland|
The Curriculum Advisory Group (CAG) is helping to strengthen our national curriculum leadership by providing expert advice on the direction for the curriculum and assessment work programme across Te Whāriki, The New Zealand Curriculum, Te Marautanga o Aotearoa and the National Certificates of Achievement.
They don’t do this alone, however, and work with our other advisory and reference groups who are already working hard across a range of pathways and curriculum priorities, including the refresh of The New Zealand Curriculum.
This group of around 65 people provides diverse perspectives and feedback on design, development, and implementation of the refreshed curriculum, as well as on wider initiatives to support teaching and learning. It gives guidance and recommendations on the support teachers, leaders, learners and whānau will need.
The group includes educators from primary, intermediate and secondary schools in communities across Aotearoa, as well as representatives from education unions and professional bodies, the tertiary education sector and other education agencies. It also includes representatives from the Office of the Children’s Commissioner and Office for Disability Issues, as well as multiple community groups.
The Curriculum Voices Group meets approximately every two months for the duration of the curriculum refresh.
The Ministry of Education and the Office of the Children’s Commissioner have come together to ensure space for the voice of Young People throughout the refresh of the New Zealand Curriculum. This unique partnership signals our commitment to ākonga being central to and reflected in Te Mātaiaho New Zealand Curriculum. Together we will establish three Youth Voices Groups representing Aotearoa New Zealand Youth Voices, Rangatahi Māori and Disabled Youth, enabling these young people to share their own perspectives, insights and lived experiences; contributing to the design of the refreshed curriculum and, how we engage with young people in a wider context. A Youth Engagement Specialist has been recruited to work across this joint project.
An EOI process to support these Groups is live and you can access more information here.
The Ministry of Education has been working in partnership with members from the disability community to progress the establishment of a Te Poutāhū Disability Voices Group. This aims to strengthen the voice and involvement of disabled people, including Tangata Whaikaha Maori, disabled Pacific people, disabled young people, the deaf community, and their whānau in Te Poutāhū work programme, with an initial focus on the refresh of the NZC. This group, which is newly formed , will meet together for the for first time on 2-3 November 2022.
Our writing groups
Each learning area’s writing team consists of people from the sector with experience and expertise associated with the particular learning area. The group is a mix of primary and secondary teachers and leaders along with providers of PLD and initial teacher education. Some come with strong mātauranga Māori, others strong knowledge of Māori and Pacific students succeeding as Māori and Pacific people. All have been nominated by organisations such as subject associations, unions and representative bodies as people who the sector trusts.
Our writing group members:
|Social Sciences Learning Area|
|Mathematics & Statistics Learning Area|
|Pania Te Maro|
|Josephina Ah Sam|
|English Learning Area|
Our working groups
These small groups work with us to design and produce specific content or resources.
The first of these, the Mātaiaho Reference Group, ensures that the refreshed NZC is te Tiriti-honouring and inclusive and that it values the identities, languages and cultures of all ākonga. It works together with content writers to ensure coherence across the entire curriculum.
The second of these is our Local Curriculum Focus Group. We're refreshing the NZC School Curriculum Design and Review section to guide schools and kura to honour Te Tiriti o Waitangi and be inclusive in the design and review of their local curriculum, giving effect to the national curriculum in ways that respond to the needs, interests and aspirations of ākonga and whānau.
We invited key principals’ leadership organisations to nominate experienced principals to contribute to this work. The group consists of 12 school leaders and educators who are acknowledged for their leadership of local curriculum that actively honours Te Tiriti o Waitangi and is inclusive of all learners. The local curriculum focus group is facilitated by Therese Ford and Graeme Aitken.
Updates from your Curriculum Writing Groups
- Social sciences will be ready for use late 2022
- English and mathematics and statistics will be ready for use term 2 2023
- Science, technology and the arts will be developed during 2023 and ready for feedback later in the year
- Health and physical education, and learning languages will be developed during 2024 and ready for feedback later in that year
The refresh of The New Zealand Curriculum (NZC) is the central part of a wider curriculum and assessment change programme. It is being implemented alongside the Literacy & Communication and Maths Strategy released earlier this year.
All elements of the NZC will be refreshed in phases.
- Social Sciences
- the Curriculum Framework
- Mathematics and Statistics
- The Arts
- Health & PE
- Learning languages
It will be a requirement for all schools to use the refreshed New Zealand Curriculum from 2026. Schools who want to implement the refreshed learning earlier than 2026 are welcome to do so.
At every stage of the refresh, there will be capability-building services and curriculum resources available to teachers and leaders to help implement the changes.
All form part of our Curriculum Change Programme.
The Literacy & Communication and Maths Strategy signals a shift to explicitly call out literacy & communication and maths learning across the curriculum.
This shift will support teachers to weave literacy & communication and maths teaching and learning in all learning areas and along the whole learning pathway, recognising that a focus on literacy & communication and maths remains important right up until Year 13.
Across the refreshed NZC, literacy and numeracy learning will be recognised by the literacy & communication and numeracy progressions. These progressions form part of the Common Practice Model.
The new literacy and numeracy co-requisites for NCEA will be signalled in the progressions.
The Aotearoa New Zealand's histories (ANZH) curriculum content will be embedded in the refreshed Te Ao Tangata | Social Sciences learning area.
While all schools are required to make Aotearoa New Zealand's histories part of their local curriculum from 2023, they are not required to include the rest of the refreshed New Zealand Curriculum until 2026. Schools who are wanting to implement the refreshed learning earlier than 2026 are welcome to do so.
More ANZH information and resources are available here.
Support for Schools, Leaders and Teachers
Ongoing support and resources for local curriculum design and the implementation of the refreshed New Zealand Curriculum
Why The New Zealand Curriculum is changing
Our Shared Kaupapa for the refresh of The New Zealand Curriculum, and the curriculum change journey
What's changing with the refresh of The New Zealand Curriculum, and what it means for you
WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU
Your input into what will happen with the education system will influence positive changes that will benefit all ākonga. Te Mahau and Te Tāhuhu o Te Mātauranga values your contribution.