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Key competencies

A possible pathway for curriculum review

The NZC states (p 38): When designing and reviewing their curriculum schools will need to:

  • consider how to encourage and monitor the development of the key competencies
  • clarify their meaning for their students
  • clarify the conditions that will help or hinder the development of the competencies, the extent to which they are being demonstrated, and how the school will evaluate the effectiveness of approaches intended to strengthen them.

Review tools

Review questions you may consider for your school community

  • Have we clarified what each key competency means for our students and the conditions that help to develop each competency?
  • Have we supported our parents, families, whānau, and communities to recognise key competencies as a valued aspect of student learning?
  • Are the key competencies developed across all learning activities and programmes?
  • How do students and teachers monitor their development and demonstration of the key competencies?
  • Is there a particular key competency that students, or groups of students, need to develop further?

Self audit tool

Key competencies and effective pedagogy

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There are reciprocal relationships between the learning areas and the key competencies. When these relationships are purposefully exploited both the learning areas and the key competencies are strengthened. This key competencies tool helps schools audit their progress with integrating the five NZC key competencies into all learning programmes. It allows schools to explore questions such as:

  • How well are the key competencies integrated into each of the different learning areas?
  • What opportunities are provided by each learning area to strengthen key competencies?
  • What impact is the integration between key competencies and the learning areas having on students’ overall development? How do we know?
  • What aspects of key competency development might we need to do more work on?

The tool has two main parts:

Discussion tools

These discussion tools can be used to help you explore the key competencies for school curriculum design and review, leadership, and effective pedagogy.

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

Published on: 08 May 2014