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Literacy & Communication and Maths Strategy


Te Poutāhū | Curriculum Centre is strengthening our education system to ensure it consistently delivers equity and excellence for our children and young people. That means working towards a system where all ākonga can experience success, secure in their identities, languages, cultures, and values; and where kaiako feel confident and are well-supported in their practice. As part of that process, the Literacy & Communication and Maths Strategy and its accompanying Action Plans have been developed for the early learning and schooling pathway.

The Literacy & Communication and Maths Action Plans identify the changes needed to make the Strategy’s vision a reality over the coming years. The actions have been informed by evidence and developed in collaboration with kaiako, whānau, communities, and iwi, and that collaboration will continue as work on the actions progresses. This includes making sure that the Action Plans align with and advance work already underway to support our ākonga and kaiako, including the refresh of The New Zealand Curriculum, the development of practice and progress tools for Te Whāriki, and changes to strengthen literacy and numeracy in NCEA.

For more information, including Action Plans and Roadmap visit: Ministry of Education: Literacy & Communication and Maths Strategy

If you have any further questions, please email –  Literacy.Communication.Maths@education.govt.nz 

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Literacy & Communication and Maths Strategy addresses inequities


Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga | Ministry of Education is strengthening the national curricula and resources and supports for their implementation so that every child and young person’s progress and achievement is responded to and they can celebrate success in their learning.

Aotearoa New Zealand’s histories. Me tiro whakamuri, kia anga whakamua. If we want to shape Aotearoa New Zealand’s future, start with our past.

Aotearoa New Zealand's histories


From 2023, Aotearoa New Zealand’s histories and Te Takanga o Te Wā will be taught in all schools and kura. Aotearoa New Zealand’s histories final content and resources can be found at aotearoahistories.education.govt.nz.

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Headshot of young girl. The smiling girl is holding a coconut that has a waterfall spilling from it. Palm trees extend from her shoulders, and a drawing of a fale (house) is next to one of the palm trees. In the foreground just above the girl’s arm is a drawing of a woman holding a coconut. Behind her are smaller drawn figures of two women sitting on a woven matt. A bowl sits between them.

New resources add steam to Pasifika Education


Pacific STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Maths) resources encourage students to study STEAM subjects and carry their ancestors' legacy into the future. Five short videos and downloadable posters that illustrate how Pacific peoples were always scientists, technologists, engineers, artists, and mathematicians.

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More books added to Ā mātou kōrero - Our stories


Three more titles join Aya and the Butterfly, in a series developed to support, reflect, and celebrate the Kiwi Muslim community in Aotearoa New Zealand.

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Refreshing our national curriculum for schooling


The national curriculum for schooling will be refreshed over the next five years to ensure it is more clear, more relevant and easier to use.

The curriculum refresh was announced by Associate Ministers of Education, Jan Tinetti and Kelvin Davis.

Find out more about the refresh of the national curriculum for schooling

In September 2019 the Minister of Education, the Hon Chris Hipkins, announced the need to refresh the national schooling curriculum to ensure it remains fit for purpose and clear about the most important learning that can’t be left to chance.

Since then the Ministry has been working with people from the education sector and wider communities to really understand how to make the improvements needed for students to succeed now and in the future.

An example of what the refreshed content could look like is the draft curriculum content for Aotearoa New Zealand’s histories and Te Takanga o Te Wā, which is open for public feedback:

Read more about the draft curriculum survey and how to take part in the Aotearoa New Zealand's Histories survey