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Refreshing the New Zealand Curriculum

The New Zealand Curriculum is being refreshed in a phased approach over the next four years so that it honours Te Tiriti o Waitangi, and is inclusive, clear, and easy to use. The refreshed national curriculum will provide a greater sense of what progress looks like and the learning that matters.

Changes to The New Zealand Curriculum – Refreshing The New Zealand Curriculum

Visit this page for your one-stop shop for The New Zealand Curriculum refresh change programme - what it means for you, your ākonga, and your school.

The Ministry has commissioned and considered a range of papers developed by experts, alongside significant engagement with teachers and practitioners, to inform the approach to the refresh of The New Zealand Curriculum. These papers include formal research papers as well as targeted think-pieces, all developed as inputs to the refresh process. All of these resources are being used by writing and working groups to ensure that the refresh of The New Zealand Curriculum reflects current best evidence and practices in the field of education.

Below are two of these papers. Other papers will be uploaded to Changes to The New Zealand Curriculum.  

 

New Zealand Curriculum Refresh: Progressions Approach

The Ministry commissioned this paper to explore the design of a progressions framework within the context of a bicultural curriculum. The paper outlines the whakapapa of the current national curriculum including its approach to measuring learning and progress, the rationale behind a shift to a progressions approach, and explores an overarching model for a progression-focussed bicultural curriculum. It has been used by writing and working groups to inform the refresh of The New Zealand Curriculum.

PDF icon. New Zealand Curriculum Refresh Progressions Approach (PDF, 1,021 KB)

 

Determining How Learning is Progressing – Options for Calibrating Teacher Judgements

This paper builds on an earlier paper that outlines the case for a bicultural progression-focused curriculum. It discusses ways to support teacher, ākonga, and whānau decision-making about how learning is progressing. The paper also explores how to build bridges between the intentions expressed by a bicultural progression-focused curriculum, assessment, and classroom practice.

PDF icon. Determining How Learning is Progressing - Options for Calibrating Teacher Judgements (PDF, 508 KB)

 

Papers relating to various learning areas are also being developed during the course of the refresh of The New Zealand Curriculum. Those papers will be uploaded to Changes to The New Zealand Curriculum as they become available.

Learn more about the refresh of mathematics and statistics here - New Zealand Curriculum - Mathematics and statistics

Updated on: 29 Mar 2022


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