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NZC Online blog

This blog contains many ideas and resources for talking about the curriculum in your school. Click on the find more link to see the full blog posts.

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Engaging the community through your school website


This blog post invites you to reflect on your school's current website and consider the messages that it is sending to students, families, whānau, and communities.

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Boys in traditional costume.

Funds of knowledge


Funds of knowledge are the bodies of knowledge that underlie the activities in households. The Funds of Knowledge project began in a bid to “develop innovations in teaching that draw upon the knowledge and skills found in local households” (Moll et al, 1992).

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Teaching as inquiry


Resources to support understanding and exploration of teaching as inquiry.

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The New Zealand Curriculum - The journey so far


This powerpoint was created by Sonia Glogowski, Acting Project Manager, NZ Curriculum Project, Ministry of Education. It outlines the journey so far for the implementation of the New Zealand Curriculum.

PowerPoint icon. The New Zealand Curriculum - The journey so far (PowerPoint, 11 MB)

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Learning spaces and effective pedagogy: What does our space 'say'?


This document supports school leaders facilitate dialogue on the design of their schools’ learning space, both physical and virtual.
Through engagement in this process, groups reflect on effective pedagogy: How does ‘our space’ support teacher actions that promote student learning?

Word icon. Learning spaces and effective pedagogy (Word, 60 KB)

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Developing a school curriculum


This resource shows aspects of developing a school curriculum, outlines what the documentation might look like, and how this connects with systems and structures in your school.

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Framework for implementing NZC


This framework may be helpful to schools reviewing where they are at and where they need to go. It gives suggestions for discussions and documentation to support development of a school-based curriculum.

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Designing a school curriculum for cyclical review


This diagram can be used by school leaders to clarify an overview of the nature of a school curriculum that is both 'designed and reviewed'. See page 37 NZC.

The diagram suggests a way of thinking about the school curriculum to ensure that it is not just aspirational words about WHAT the school curriculum entails - a vision, values etc (as is the case for some charters). The emphasis is on continuously reviewing the PRACTICE espoused by the school curriculum - the curriculum in action, HOW we make it real.

Discussion starters

  1. Is there a risk that a developed school curriculum languishes as a 'done' document, instead of living as a constant touchstone for practice?
  2. If yes, does this diagram and approach address this issue, or how could it be amended to achieve this?
  3. Who might use this diagram with whom, and why? (For example, the principal with other school leaders? The principal with the Board of Trustees? Senior staff with whole staff as part of annual planning?)

PDF icon. Designing a school curriculum for cyclical review diagram (PDF, 86 KB)

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Student voice in education


Looking for some examples of student voice in education? Cheryl Doig describes one class venturing into online learning as an authentic example of student voice.

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