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Cultural diversity

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

Discussion tools

Starter survey 

This survey can be used by schools to help them consider how they are currently enacting the cultural diversity principle, and identify next steps. The survey can be used in a range of ways, for example:

  • by the entire school community, including students, parents, families, whānau, and iwi to identify areas of strength and future actions
  • 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 and create an action plan for improvement.

Cultural diversity - Getting started.

Word 2007 icon. Cultural diversity checklist (Word 2007, 24 KB)


The descriptors for this survey have been guided by the work of Dr Rae Si’ilata, lecturer in biliteracy at the University of Auckland. Recommendations and findings by the Education Review Office have also been used in the development of this survey.

Cultural diversity spotlight

Cultural diversity spotlight
Use this NZC Online spotlight to explore the cultural diversity principle, helping you affirm students’ different cultural identities and incorporate their cultural contexts into teaching and learning programmes. 


In these videos, Dr Rae Si’ilata, lecturer in biliteracy at the University of Auckland, shares ideas about the cultural diversity principle. Rae explains the importance of this principle and describes what it might look like when enacted in the classroom and wider school setting. Each video has a set of questions to encourage you to think more deeply about the cultural diversity principle and your school context. 

The cultural diversity curriculum principle >>

Cultural diversity in the classroom >>

Cultural diversity and priority learners >>

Inclusive Education Guides 

These guides help you to recognise, plan for, and meet the needs of the culturally diverse learners in your community.

Inclusive classroom culture
Build an inclusive classroom culture that values all students, their families/whānau, and communities.

Leading inclusive schools
Examine what it takes to lead an inclusive school where all students are supported and diversity is valued.

Māori students
Use inclusive teaching and learning strategies to support Māori students across the curriculum.

Pasifika students
Use inclusive teaching and learning strategies to support Pasifika students across the curriculum.

Next – School examples

Updated on: 26 Mar 2019