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Learning pathways

A possible focus area for curriculum review

The NZC states (p 41):

  • As students journey from early childhood through secondary school and, in many cases, on to tertiary education, they should find that each stage of the journey prepares them for and connects well with the next.
  • Schools can design their curriculum so that students find the transitions positive and have a clear sense of continuity and direction.


The school curriculum: Design and review
This section of the NZC document promotes learning pathways as a key consideration in curriculum design and review. It describes how schools can provide continuity, direction, and positive transitions through all stages of schooling.

NZC Update 9 – Effective learning pathways
This Update is designed to help secondary schools review their curriculum to ensure that all students experience effective pathways throughout their learning.

PDF icon. NZC Update 9 (PDF, 2 MB)

NZC Update 24 – Supporting learners in years 7–10
This Update is designed to help schools ensure positive transitions, with continuity and clear direction, for learners in years 7–10.

How Māori learners transition to school
This case study (available in te reo Māori and English) looks at how two early childhood education services in the Waikato region are supporting whānau to develop their knowledge and skills and get hooked into the education system early.

Māori Future Makers – Facebook
Māori Future Makers is an excellent tool for students and whānau when planning education pathways. Māori Future Makers profiles 30 inspirational Māori with specialist skills and capabilities who are studying, employed, or self-employed in primary, knowledge-intensive, and growth industries.

Vocational pathways
The Vocational Pathways are a tool that provides a clear framework for vocational options, support better programme design and careers advice, and improve the links between education and employment.

If you are looking at planning your curriculum using the Vocational Pathways the following tools might be useful:

NZC Online – Career education
Career Education and Guidance in New Zealand Schools offers advice and support to schools on providing effective career education and guidance in years 7 to 13.

Transitions in early childhood education – into, within and beyond
Leaders in early childhood education from Canterbury University have prepared seven pieces of thinking on transitions. Each piece is shaped to be a 'provocation' for the reader. Reflective questions for the reader are woven into the text.

Effective teaching for Pasifika students – Transitions
This film clip explores the role that school leaders have in establishing practices that support the continuity of their Pasifika students’ learning as they move from and into different learning environments.

Return to possible pathways: Consider other focus areas for curriculum design and review.

Published on: 28 May 2014