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Local curriculum package of support for 2019


Schools and kura want to focus on local curriculum – both design and review. In recognition that a range of leadership, teacher, and kaiako capability already exists on local curriculum practice, the Ministry is responding to this feedback with a package of support on local curriculum in 2019 including workshops with teacher-release time, guidance, and tools. 

Leading Local Curriculum Guide series has been developed to steer your curriculum and assessment review and design decisions as you strengthen your local curriculum. It will support you to use tools to assess progress that is informative, and strengthen the partnerships you have with parents and whānau. There are three guides:

PDF icon. Local Curriculum Support Package Fact sheet for Ministry of Education stakeholders directly supporting schools and kura (PDF, 560 KB)

Workshops – Term 1 and 2, 2019

From term 1 in all regions there will be facilitated face-to-face workshop opportunities, which will focus on local curriculum design and review.

Two options available:

  1. Regionally based two-hour workshops for principals and curriculum leads on local curriculum design and review (Phase 1 – occurring in term 1)
  2. In-depth support workshops for selected schools and kura or clusters of schools/kura (for example, kahui ako) – comprising of four half-day workshops on site with a leadership team, and a follow-up after school/kura session. For those schools participating in the in-depth workshops, there will be an additional day later in the year focussing on developing capability around supporting other schools (Phase 2 – occurring in term 2).

Application process:

  • Schools and kura may submit expressions of interest by emailing progress.achievement@education.govt.nz with your school name, school type, and region.
  • Please note that the workshop spaces are limited.
  • In early term 1, the National Office will work with Regional Offices to confirm the list of schools and kura or clusters of schools/kura (e.g. kahui ako) that will receive in-depth workshop support.
  • The providers selected to deliver these workshops are Core Education and Evaluation Associates.

Curriculum support guidance

Local curriculum will also feature as part of the NZC curriculum support guidance, available online 23 January from NZC Online and sent directly to schools in the week beginning 11 February. This guidance is aimed at curriculum leaders to support them in their chosen area of focus in time for returning to school and planning 2019 staff meetings.

For Māori medium settings using Te Marautanga o Aotearoa, the Ministry has developed He Rauemi Tautoko Mā Ngā Kura Māori, which includes information on aromatawai, support for developing marau ā-kura, including the development of the graduate profile, using inquiry and evidence, and reporting to students, whānau, boards of trustees and iwi, and is available now from Te Marautanga o Aotearoa TKI.

Local Curriculum Design Tool | Rapua Te Ara Tika 

Schools, kura, and Māori medium settings may also use the Local Curriculum Design Tool or Rapua Te Ara Tika to support the development of their local curriculum or marau ā-kura (available: https://rapuatearatika.education.govt.nz).

Curriculum, progress, and achievement emerging ideas

This work is part of how the Ministry is supporting schools and kura to make a shift towards focusing on progress across a rich curriculum, and helping to build the necessary foundations to achieve the vision of the Curriculum, Progress, and Achievement Ministry Advisory Group. Learn more about their emerging ideas here: Emerging ideas videos



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