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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 - Getting started (Word 2007, 151 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.


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 >>

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Developing an inclusive classroom culture
An inclusive classroom is one that values the diversity and contributions of all students, their families/whānau, and communities. This guide includes strategies, suggestions, and resources to encourage more student and whānau input in developing a culturally inclusive classroom. 

Next – School examples

Updated on: 08 Mar 2015