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New Zealand Curriculum Updates

Curriculum update.

The Updates are provided by the Ministry of Education to support English-medium schools with implementation. Further Updates will continue to be published on this site as well as in the Education Gazette.

NZC Update 26 - Future-oriented learning and teaching

Students outside.

(Published October 2012)

This Update looks to the future in education.

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NZC Update 24 - Supporting learners in years 7–10

NZC Update 24.

(Published August 2012)

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

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NZC Update 22 - The principle of high expectations

Students with experiment.

(Published June 2012)

This Update supports schools to explore and enact the curriculum principle of high expectations.

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NZC Update 21 - The learning to learn principle

Teacher and student at computer thumbnail.

(Published May 2012)

This Update focuses on the New Zealand Curriculum principle of students learning to learn.

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NZC Update 20 - Raising student achievement through school planning

Class looking at book.

(Published April 2012)

This Update focuses on the place of school planning within school-wide self-review. 

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NZC Update 18 - The inclusion principle

St Francis students.

(Published March 2012)

This Update focuses on inclusion. It highlights presence, participation, and achievement as key aspects for success for all students, in particular those with special educational needs.

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NZC Update 16 - The New Zealand Curriculum Treaty of Waitangi principle

(Published January 2012)

This Update focuses on the New Zealand Curriculum principle of the Treaty of Waitangi and its implications for teaching, learning, and the school curriculum.

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NZC Update 15 - The future focus principle

Students working by the beach.

(Published November 2011)

This Update looks at the New Zealand Curriculum's principle of future focus and at resources to support its implementation.

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NZC Update 12 - Understanding teaching as inquiry

Students working with a teacher.

(Published August 2011)

This Update describes observations made by the Education Review Office (ERO) in a recent evaluation of how New Zealand schools were using the teaching as inquiry process.

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NZC Update 10 - Engaging with families from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds

Parents walk students to school.

(Published June 2011)

This Update focuses on partnerships between schools and diverse families and communities. It builds on Update 1 (September 2010), which focused on engaging with whānau and Māori communities.

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NZC Update 9 - Effective learning pathways

NZC Update 9 - Teacher and student.

(Published June 2011)

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

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NZC Update 5 - Integrating key competencies and reading

Student reading.

(Published February 2011)

This Update focuses on a research project that explored how the key competencies might be integrated with and developed through the teaching of reading.

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NZC Update 4 - Literacy, numeracy, and the key competencies across the curriculum

NZC update issue 4.

(Published December 2010)

This Update focuses on the key competencies and the framework they provide for developing knowledge, skills, and attitudes in literacy and numeracy.

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NZC Update 1 - Family and community engagement

Parents and a child.

(Published September 2010)

This update focuses on engagement with whānau and Māori communities. Future Updates will include examples of building relationships with Pasifika, special education, and refugee and migrant communities.

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Updated on: 21 Dec 2020