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New Zealand Curriculum Refresh

The New Zealand Curriculum (NZC) is being updated and made available in phases.

Schools and kura have until the beginning of 2027 to start using the fully refreshed national curriculum.

Refreshing the New Zealand Curriculum 

 

The Minister announced changes to the national curriculum (which includes The New Zealand Curriculum and Te Marautanga o Aotearoa) on 14 June, 2024. The key changes are explained below, and on this handout that was sent to schools and kura:

National curriculum changes

The New Zealand Curriculum (NZC) is being updated and made available in phases, and schools and kura have until the beginning of 2027 to start using the fully refreshed national curriculum.  

The New Zealand Curriculum will be knowledge-rich and clear about what students need to understand, know and do in each year from Years 0 to 13.

Teachers will know what to teach, when, and how, based on the science of learning, which provides them with effective teaching strategies and practices.  

 

Timelines 

  • Term 1, 2025 – Schools and kura will need to teach the updated English learning area for Years 0 to 6.  

  • Term 1, 2026 – Schools and kura will need to teach the updated English learning area for Years 7 to 13, and mathematics and statistics learning area for Years 0 to 13. 

  • 2027 – The updated national curriculum will be required. This includes the other learning areas: science, technology, health and PE, learning languages, the arts, and social sciences. 

The timelines support the rollout of structured approaches to learning, as well as the rephased NCEA change programme, which will now be delivered in 2028 (Level 2) and 2029 (Level 3). 

 

Other changes 

Evidence-based teaching practices will be included in the national curriculum, sitting alongside the knowledge, skills, and capabilities being taught. 

For Years 11 – 13, learning areas and wāhanga ako will be broken out into subjects to more clearly align with NCEA achievement standards and senior secondary programmes of learning.  

The Ministry is now producing updated content for English, Te Reo Rangatira, mathematics and statistics, and Pāngarau – working with expert writing groups and the Education Review Office (ERO). 

Resources to support schools and kura in teaching the new content will be developed and made available by the Ministry before the new requirements begin. 

Schools and kura will have an opportunity to review the new content before it is finalised. 

Please direct any questions, comments or feedback to [email protected].

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