The New Zealand Curriculum is a document that outlines educational requirements in schools. The everyday teaching and learning that students experience is the result of teachers weaving together the national curriculum with local context and the diverse aspirations of learners and their whānau, in ways that are responsive to individual learner progress.
In 2019 a five-year programme to refresh the New Zealand Curriculum began. Due to a the COVID-19 pandemic this timeline has become flexible with estimated completion pushed out to 2026.
A refreshed New Zealand Curriculum will support students through their education journey and beyond by creating better connections between curriculum learning at the earlier years and subject-specific learning at the later years. This will create a continuous learning experience for students to develop the foundation needed for success throughout education and in national qualifications.
The National Curriculum Refresh and the NCEA Change Programme are progressing in tandem, with changes phased in over the next four to five years. Several important changes are already being implemented but we know that meaningful change takes time. Throughout this period, we are committed to ensuring all students have fair assessments based on their learning to date.
Daily attendance at school is a key part to your child’s learning and success. We understand there have been considerable changes implemented this year in comparison to previous years of schooling. With change comes opportunity, opportunity to adapt, opportunity to change and opportunity to grow. As our world changes, so must we.