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Strengthening local curriculum

The New Zealand Curriculum describes the learning all young people should experience no matter what school or kura they go to and the progress and expectations associated with this learning. It provides the framework for schools and kura to use in their local curriculum design.

This section supports school and curriculum leaders and professional learning and development providers with the process of curriculum design and review. It includes information, research, tools, suggested areas of focus, and inspirational stories to help schools make decisions about how to give effect to the national curriculum.

The animation below provides a useful introduction to local curriculum with some simple tips to get started.

Leading local curriculum guide series

The Leading Local Curriculum Guide series has been developed to steer review of your curriculum, assessment, and design decisions as you strengthen your local curriculum, respond to progress, and reinforce learning partnerships with parents and whānau. 

These guides are for curriculum leaders to help with your planning and school review. You can lead discussions with all your staff or within curriculum or year level groups – whichever works for your school. We suggest you read the guides and then decide which areas you’d like to focus on. You can complete the sections within each guide at your own pace.

Local curriculum 

Designing rich opportunities and coherent pathways for all learners

PDF icon. Leading Local Curriculum Guide – Local curriculum (PDF, 858 KB)

Assessment for learning

Using the right tools and resources to notice and respond to progress across the curriculum 

PDF icon. Leading Local Curriculum Guide – Assessment for learning (PDF, 1 MB)

Information sharing and building learning partnerships

Having conversations with young people and their whānau about their learning and progress

PDF icon. Leading Local Curriculum Guide – Information sharing and building partnerships (PDF, 819 KB)

Leading Local Curriculum Guide – Aotearoa New Zealand's histories.
Aotearoa New Zealand's histories

Supporting school leaders to understand and plan for Aotearoa New Zealand's histories in social sciences 

PDF icon. Leading Local Curriculum Guide – Aotearoa New Zealand's histories Part 1/2 (PDF, 6 MB)

Cover of Aotearoa NZ histories local curriculum guide


PDF icon. Leading Local Curriculum Guide – Aotearoa New Zealand's histories Part 2/2 (PDF, 7 MB)


Leading local curriculum design in the revised technology learning area

Leading local curriculum design in the revised technology learning area

Equipping your students for tomorrow’s world

PDF icon. Leading Local Curriculum Guide – Revised technology learning area (PDF, 5 MB)

Strategic planning guide.

Local curriculum: Strategic planning guide (secondary schools)

Creating coherence: Connecting planning and documentation with the lived curriculum

PDF icon. Leading Local Curriculum Guide – Strategic planning guide (PDF, 1 MB)

Updated on: 03 Feb 2021