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Local curriculum package of support for 2019


Throughout this year, we’ve heard that 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 by providing a package of support on local curriculum in early 2019 including workshops with teacher-release time, guidance, and tools. 


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

There are two options available:

  1. Regionally based two hour workshops for principals and curriculum leads
  2. In-depth support workshops: comprising of four half-day workshops on site with the leadership team, and a follow-up after school session. For those schools participating in these in-depth workshops, there will be an additional day later in the year focussed on developing capability around supporting other schools.  

Application process:

  • Please contact progress.achievement@education.govt.nz with your school name, school type, and region.
  • Please note that the workshop spaces are limited, expressions of interest must be made to the above email by the end of the 2018 school year.

Curriculum support guidance

Local curriculum will also feature as part of the NZC curriculum support guidance which will be will be available online from 22 January from NZC Online and sent directly to schools in the week beginning 28 January. This guidance is aimed at principals to support them on their chosen area of focus with their staff during their January teacher-only days and throughout their 2019 planning sessions.

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 from: https://curriculumtool.education.govt.nz or 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