Refreshing our national curriculum for schooling

The national curriculum will be refreshed over the next five years so it is clearer, more relevant and easier to use – and focuses on the wellbeing, identities, languages and cultures of tamariki.

Why are we doing this?

Since September 2019, when Minister Hipkins first signalled a need for change, the Ministry has been working with people from the education sector and wider communities to really understand how to make improvements to the national curriculum to ensure our tamariki get the learning they need to succeed.

Tamariki have said they want to learn from a curriculum that is meaningful to them and their whānau.

Parents and whānau told us they want more certainty about what tamariki will learn in schools and kura, and that the curriculum should also focus on wellbeing, identities, language and culture.

Teachers and kaiako want to be clear about what their students need to learn, how they are making progress, their strengths and where support is needed.

Throughout the five years, we will be seeking input from you and your tamariki, school leaders, teachers and others across Aotearoa New Zealand.

There will be lots of opportunities to contribute. If you would like to be involved or if you have questions, email us at

Read more about the  changes to the national curriculum here(external link) and watch Associate Minister of Education, Jan Tinetti explaining them on video(external link)

Alongside the curriculum changes, the Ministry has been working with educators, whānau and young people on a record of learning that will travel with tamariki throughout their learning. This will be collaboratively generated so that parents, whānau and teachers have a comprehensive tool to understand progress, strengths and needs.

The digital record of learning will start with a focus on literacy, numeracy, social wellbeing, te reo matatini, pāngarau and He Tamaiti Hei Raukura. Trialling will begin later in 2021.


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