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What is curriculum design and review?

The NZC states (p 37):

  • Curriculum design and review is a continuous, cyclic process.
  • It involves making decisions about how to give effect to the national curriculum in ways that best address the particular needs, interests, and circumstances of the school’s students and community.

Curriculum design and review can be visualised as a continuous, cyclic inquiry process that is responsive to the needs of students, their communities, and wider society. 

In this process the school asks four key questions:

Cycle.
  • What are our priorities for student learning (based on evidence)?
  • What knowledge and skills do we need, and what actions shall we take to improve student outcomes?
  • What has been the impact of our changes (based on evidence)?
  • Where to next? What are our priorities for student learning now?

Through the process of curriculum design and review, schools can examine aspects of practice that are especially helpful in raising the achievement and engagement of priority learners. In doing so, they can work towards the vision for all of our young people to become confident, connected, actively involved lifelong learners.

Curriculum design and review looks different in every school. There is no set sequence to follow and schools will use a variety of approaches depending on their circumstances.

The school curriculum: Design and review
This section of the NZC document explains curriculum design and review. Important aspects of the national curriculum are explored and schools are encouraged to consider how each aspect can be promoted and developed in teaching and learning.

NZC Update 4 – School curriculum review
This Update discusses ongoing curriculum review and explains how schools can draw on the national curriculum to address the particular needs, interests, and circumstances of their students and communities.

It is important to note that whilst this Update retains highly useful content, some of the references and links have been replaced with updated content.

Next – What is a school curriculum?

Published on: 05 May 2014


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