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New Zealand Curriculum

Statement of official policy relating to teaching, learning, and assessment in all English medium state and state-integrated schools in New Zealand.

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About this resource

The New Zealand Curriculum is the official document that sets the direction for teaching, learning, and assessment in all English medium state and state-integrated schools in New Zealand. It guides schools on what they should teach and how they should teach it, with the goal of fostering lifelong learners who are confident, creative, connected, and actively involved.

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New Zealand Curriculum

This is the current New Zealand Curriculum which was released in 2007 and updated in 2017 (addition of digital technologies to Technology learning area), 2022 (addition of Aotearoa New Zealand’s histories to Social Sciences learning area) and 2023 (addition of teaching time requirements for reading, writing and maths).

There is an equivalent official policy statement for Māori medium schools, which can be found on Te Marautanga o Aotearoa (TMOA).

The New Zealand Curriculum is currently being refreshed, with updated content released in phases through 2024 to 2026. For information on the refresh process and timelines see New Zealand Curriculum Refresh.

To order print copies of NZC, visit Down the Back of the Chair (Ministry of Education online catalogue).