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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 28 - Ready to Read Series

Child reading.

(Published September 2014)

This Update describes some outcomes of the review of Ready to Read and the Junior Journal, including the text-levelling process.

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NZC Update 27 - Tula‘i Mai! Making a difference to Pasifika student achievement in literacy

NZC Update 27.

(Published November 2012)

This Update shares messages from research about classroom practices that make a difference to Pasifika student achievement in literacy. 

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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 25 - The Writing Hub: Supporting writing in years 1–8

NZC Update 25 - students.

(Published September 2012)

This Update introduces the new Writing Hub on Literacy Online.

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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 23 - Literacy across the curriculum

Two children reading.

(Published July 2012)

This Update focuses on the languages, texts, and literacy practices of the different curriculum learning areas.

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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 19 - Selecting texts for students in years 4 to 8

Students reading.

(Published April 2012)

This Update introduces the new guidelines Selecting Texts for Students in Years 4 to 8.

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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 17 - Supporting mathematics learning

(Published February 2012)

This Update is for the school leadership team. It discusses initiatives designed to support student achievement in mathematics and illustrates how schools are addressing the needs of students who are not progressing as expected. It will help you as a team to review how your school currently addresses underachievement in mathematics.

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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 14 - Creating educationally powerful connections

Two students.

(Published October 2011)

This Update explores educationally powerful connections in the digital world through case-studies of how such connections are enabling and enriching students’ learning.

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NZC Update 13 - Levelling the School Journal

School journal cover.

(Published September 2011)

This update explains the recent changes in levelling processes for items in the School Journal and in the other instructional series for year 4-8 students.

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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 11 - Monitoring and evaluating the implementation of the NZC

NZC Update 11 - teacher and student.

(Published July 2011)

This Update focuses on an evaluation of progress in the implementation of the New Zealand Curriculum, using data collected in 2008 and 2009. When considering these findings, it is important to keep in mind that curriculum implementation is ongoing. Research shows that substantial change takes several years.

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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 8 - Network learning communities

Teachers work around a table.

(Published May 2011)

This Update focuses on findings from the recent evaluation of the Network Learning Communities (NLC) initiative.

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NZC Update 7 - Te Kotahitanga

Students work together.

(Published April 2011)

This Update focuses on findings from Te Kotahitanga and highlights how this programme is producing positive gains for Māori students by influencing leadership, teaching, and learning in participating schools.

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NZC Update 6 - Illustrations supporting the National Standards

Students work with teacher.

(Published March 2011)

This Update focuses on the illustrations that support the National Standards for reading, writing, and mathematics and how teachers can use them.

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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 3 - Teaching and learning with the instructional series

Teacher works with students.

(Published November 2010)

This Update focuses on the various English-medium instructional series published by Learning Media for the Ministry of Education and on the critical role of teachers in the use of the series.

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NZC Update 2 - Supporting literacy learning

Teacher works with students.

(Published October 2010)

This update is addressed to the school leadership team and describes the current range of literacy interventions in New Zealand schools.

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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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Previous Updates

Updated on: 15 Jan 2012