Support for Schools, Leaders and Teachers

Support and resources for implementing 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

We’ve developed a pack which 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 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 from 2023 to 2027.
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 implementation of The New Zealand Curriculum refresh, the re-design of Te Marautanga o Aotearoa and the NCEA Change Programme, there are four additional teacher-only days for primary and secondary schools – two in 2023 and two in 2024. 

Resources to support teacher-only days in 2023 and 2024

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.

The second teacher-only days in 2023 will be held in Term 4  between Monday 13 November and Friday 24 November 2023.

Curriculum Leads

Our Curriculum Lead | Kaihautū Marautanga service was set up this year to support kaiako and teachers in kōhanga reo, early learning services, kura and schools design quality learning opportunities and experiences for all ākonga. 

Curriculum Leads can help you navigating 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.