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The New Zealand Curriculum principles embody beliefs about what is important in school curriculum - nationally and locally. They should underpin all school decision making.

Ideas for exploring the curriculum principles

These resources support school leaders and teachers to develop deeper thinking around the NZC principles within a school curriculum.

Principle packages

Support packages are available for all eight curriculum principles. Each support package offers research, tools, stories, and resources to help school leaders and teachers understand, consider, and embed the NZC principles.

  • Support and empower your students to learn and achieve personal excellence, regardless of their individual circumstances. 

  • Acknowledge the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi and the bicultural foundations of Aotearoa through your curriculum.

  • Design a curriculum that reflects New Zealand’s cultural diversity and values the histories and traditions of all its people.

  • Ensure that your students’ identities, languages, abilities, and talents are recognised and affirmed and that their learning needs are addressed. 

  • Encourage all students to reflect on their own learning processes and to learn how to learn. 

  • Design a curriculum that has meaning for your students, connects with their wider lives, and engages the support of their families, whānau, and communities.

  • Offer your students a broad education that makes links within and across learning areas, provides for coherent transitions, and opens up pathways to further learning.

  • Encourage your students to look to the future by exploring such significant future-focused issues as sustainability, citizenship, enterprise, and globalisation. 

Updated on: 21 May 2020