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This section draws together research, digital resources, and examples to support schools as they consider the coherence principle.

Coherence starter survey

The coherence starter survey helps schools consider how they use the coherence principle as a foundation of curriculum decision making. There are three sections to the survey: connections, transitions, and pathways. The survey can be used in a range of ways:

  • by the entire school community, including students, parents, families, whānau, and iwi to identify areas of strength and possible next steps 
  • with teachers to generate discussion and classroom actions
  • by school leaders to inform strategic planning.

The survey is available as a Word document download. By marking the tick boxes, schools will be able to identify where they sit in relation to each statement. Each section has links to examples and resources to help schools navigate to supporting content.

Download survey:

Word 2007 icon. Coherence starter survey (Word 2007, 164 KB)

An image of the survey can be seen below. Please note that this survey is not interactive. It is available as a Word document download only.


Find ideas and support for Connections →  Examples Resources


Find ideas and support for Transitions → Examples Resources


Find ideas and support for Pathways → Examples |  Resources

Next – Examples

Updated on: 20 May 2019