Support for schools and kura

Support and resources for implementing Te Mātaiaho | the refreshed New Zealand curriculum

We want to support you through the refresh of The New Zealand Curriculum, and we know each school will be at a different stage of readiness for the changes. 

Implementation supports pack

This pack provides an outline of the change process and the supports and resources you may expect as you plan and design for change.

This will help inform your conversations as you start to use Te Mātaiaho and the Common Practice Model in your school or cluster.

The pack contains:

  • an overview of starting points from which to develop an implementation plan
  • a Readiness Tool that you can use to monitor your progress through the four implementation phases
  • an overview of the supports and resources that will help you steadily plan for change up to 2027.

This resource is updated regularly. (Last updated 26 January 2024 with minor changes to reflect current point in time. Page 4 has also been updated to reflect currently available leadership and teaching guidance.)

Implementation Supports
Download the Implementation Supports pack
Download the Implementation Supports pack

What will the refresh look like?

A good way to see how the refresh of The New Zealand Curriculum will look in practice is to look at Aotearoa New Zealand’s histories (ANZH).

Aotearoa New Zealand’s histories was implemented in 2023, and sits within the refreshed te ao tangata | social sciences learning area.

Even if you don’t teach history or social sciences, we suggest you see how the ANZH content uses the Understand, Know, Do and progressions model in practice.

Teacher-only days

To support the New Zealand Curriculum Refresh implementation, Te Marautanga o Aotearoa redesign, and the NCEA Change Programme, there are four additional teacher-only days for primary and secondary schools – two in 2023 and two in 2024. 

Teacher-only day resources about the New Zealand Curriculum Refresh

Teacher-only day resources about other programmes

Schools and kura can select a date for a teacher-only day that best suits their activity planning across a two-week defined time-period. The first teacher-only days in 2023 were held in Term 2 and the second in Term 4.

In 2024, they will be held between 27 May and 7 June, and 21 October and 15 November.

Curriculum Leads

Our Curriculum Lead | Kaihautū Marautanga service supports kaiako and teachers in kōhanga reo, early learning services, kura and schools design quality learning opportunities and experiences for all students. 

Curriculum Leads can help you navigate available supports and use curriculum resources effectively.

More about Curriculum Leads

Changes for school boards

School boards have new legislative requirements that came into effect on 1 January 2023. 

Guidance to help boards manage the transition period until the refreshed curriculum is in place can be found at The New Zealand Curriculum.