te poutāhū curriculum centre school update

Te Poutāhū Curriculum Centre School Update
November 2022

16 November 2022
te poutāhū curriculum centre school update

Te Poutāhū Curriculum Centre School Update

November 2022


Kua mahuta mai rā a Māhurukiterangi
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Hoki mai rā e te koekoeā
Hoki mai rā e te rau o Hinerauwhārangi
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Te karere a Te Poutāhū
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Return shining cuckoo 
Return long-tailed cuckoo
Life returns to the forest and vegetation
A great and long Spring is here
Birds return with the warmth
Welcome also my message and depart
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Moving over the face of the land
It breathes, it lives!

Welcome to the Te Poutāhū | Curriculum Centre School Update

This is the final curriculum newsletter for 2022. The newsletter will start again from Term 1 next year.

In this month’s issue we are inviting schools and kura to be a part of the Marau ā-kura project. There are also details about the release of the refreshed Social Sciences learning area. This is the first learning area to be refreshed as part of the wider refresh of The New Zealand Curriculum and is now ready to be used.

There is an update on the development of the final New Zealand Curriculum NCEA Level 2 subjects, along with testing prototypes of the Vocational Entrance Award.

Our work to support your teaching practice continues and this includes new resources for Te Aho Ngārahu, Aotearoa New Zealand’s histories, mental health education and NCEA pilots. Looking ahead to next year, we are considering how best to offer more localised support alongside what we already do nationally. As these plans develop, they will be shared in this newsletter.

Also, there is a new interactive website tool to show the ongoing milestones for Refreshing the New Zealand Curriculum, Redesigning Te Marautanga o Aotearoa and the NCEA Change Programme up until 2026. Providing an overview of when and how you can get involved in a range of activities, alongside these newsletters, this tool will help improve how we keep you updated.

Visit the website tool and let us know what you think:

Curriculum and Assessment Programme Timelines – Ministry of Education

Finally, from next year, you will start to see a new Te Poutāhū logo used in our resources. Along with helping us establish awareness of our work programme, it will also help explain how we sit within and as part of Te Mahau.


Ngā mihi


Ellen MacGregor-Reid
Hautū | Deputy Secretary
Te Poutāhū | Curriculum Centre


Schools and kura using Te Marautanga o Aotearoa

The Redesign of Te Marautanga o Aotearoa

Manawatia tō Marau ā-kura 

Nau mai, haere mai, whakatau mai rā

Are you interested in receiving guided support to design, develop, strengthen, or review your marau ā-kura?

We are inviting schools and kura to be a part of the Marau ā-kura project where we seek to work alongside you and your kura hāpori to support the future vision you have for your ākonga and mokopuna.

In preparation for the redesigned Te Marautanga o Aotearoa, we will unpack Te Tamaiti Hei Raukura and the Tīrewa structure and work with you to determine the supports you (and other kura) identify as being needed to support your marau ā-kura.

The results of this project will also influence and give direction to quality ako experiences and an ākonga centred pedagogy.

The project will start in March 2023 and will last 12 months.

No matter where you are in the development of your marau ā-kura, this is for you!

Please register or express your interest here:

Te reo Māori Expression of Interest Form

English Expression of Interest Form

Once we receive your expression of interest, we will send a letter to your Tumuaki to complete to confirm your participation.

If you have questions or require support in completing the form, please contact Whakahou.Marautanga@education.govt.nz

Nāu te rourou, nāku te rourou, ka ora ai te iwi! 

Te Takanga o Te Wā

From January 2023 Te Takanga o Te Wā, a new whenu (strand) in Tikanga ā-Iwi, will be taught in kura and schools using Te Marautanga o Aotearoa. We are committed to providing supports and resources for the successful implementation of this curriculum content. 

A benefit to Te Takanga o Te Wā being included as a new whenu, and histories made explicit in Te Marautanga o Aotearoa, is that there will be more supports and resources in place to help kura and schools carry out this work. 

A collection of new resources created specifically for the implementation of Te Takanga o Te Wā are available on the Kauwhata Reo website. Designed for ākonga, whānau, and kaiako use, we invite leaders and kaiako to explore and engage with this collection. Resource and professional learning support for Te Takanga o Te Wā will continue to be developed and added to over time. 
Te Takanga o Te Wā | Kauwhata Reo

This new collection includes videos outlining the new framing for Te Marautanga o Aotearoa and how that has shaped the teaching and learning of Te Takanga o te Wā as the new whenu of Tikanga ā-Iwi. A teacher guide explores this new whenu, breaking down the components of the curriculum and its alignment to the guiding framework, Te Tamaiti Hei Raukura.  

One of the resources focuses on the New Zealand Wars, as well as providing a transferable teaching model. They are exemplars to support teaching through the five tirohanga of Te Takanga o Te Wā and feature cards to print, and a wide range of activities to pick up and run with. A card set further unpacks the components of the curriculum content, featuring new vocabulary for kaiako and ākonga to learn. 

We expect these resources to complement and enrich the teaching and learning of histories. 

Te Aho Ngārahu – new resource page coming soon

Te Aho Ngārahu resources, developed in partnership with iwi, hapū, and whānau, provide opportunities for ākonga learning in and through te reo Māori to access local stories. They give insights into people, places and events of significance to support their learning, therefore allowing them to learn about their histories, places they see regularly and why they are important to that area, and events that help shape their local communities. 

We now have a range of Te Aho Ngārahu books, video clips, and apps that ākonga can access. To ensure they can find them easily, we are planning to launch a new resource page on Kauwhata Reo in Term 1 2023. This new page will help you find rauemi based on iwi and/or taumata (levelled resources). 

Some of the new resources that will be available on the page include:

Ōtātara Pā – Ngāti Pārau (Curriculum levels 4–5)

This soft cover Graphic Novel depicts movement around the Pā and Maunga from pre-European times. The storyline includes events that took place on these maunga and timelines of different Rangatira and hapū who settled on Ōtātara Pā and Hikurangi.

Ngā Taniwha e rua o Waiapu – Ngāti Porou (Curriculum levels 4¬5)

This book shares the story of two taniwha who lived in the Waiapu river, integrating the traditional story alongside contemporary issues that affect the Waiapu river and the people of Ngāti Porou.

Kahu Pūtoi

Kahu Pūtoi is an online network for teachers and kaiako who work in kaupapa Māori and Māori-medium settings. It is a place of contribution, collaboration and sharing, where you can get timely support from peers and experts on pedagogical and curriculum issues.

Online symposiums

One of the ways Kahu Pūtoi supports teachers, kaiako and kaimahi in kura and schools is by hosting online symposiums. These symposiums are held regularly and focus on areas of interest and the most recent was Kauawhitia – Te Reo Kia Rere.  This kaupapa focused on strengthening te reo Māori in the classroom, giving helpful tips and ideas to teachers and kaiako about what they could do to support the capability and understanding of ākonga who are learning te reo Māori and learning through te reo Māori.


If you weren’t able to join the symposium, you can access the recording and find out more by visiting their website:

Education – Kahu Pūtoi Nā te kaiako, mā te kaiako. | Empowering kaiako to support each other.

The team keep in contact with participants, so you will have opportunities to engage with colleagues and those with in-depth experience in a range of kaupapa. 

Schools and kura using The New Zealand Curriculum

Refreshed Social Sciences learning area released

The Social Sciences learning area is the first learning area to be refreshed as part of the wider refresh of The New Zealand Curriculum and has been released, ready for you to explore.

Refreshed Social Sciences Learning Area – Curriculum Refresh

It is structured using Understand, Know, Do with a Progress Outcome for each phase of learning.

The new Aotearoa New Zealand’s histories (ANZH) content has been integrated into the refreshed Social Sciences learning area.

Curriculum content, guidance and resources – ANZH Education

While there is a requirement to implement ANZH content at the beginning of 2023, there is no requirement for the remainder of the refreshed curriculum to be implemented until the beginning of 2026. Until then, we encourage you to work with your colleagues and start getting familiar with the content and structure. 

Together, the ANZH content within the refreshed Social Sciences learning area will encourage ākonga to be critically informed, ethical, and empathetic citizens – learning about the past to understand the present and prepare for issues like climate change and social cohesion. 

A range of guidance and resources will support the implementation of the refreshed Social Sciences learning area. These will be rolled out on our website from later this year:

Social Sciences Online - TKI

You can find support through the regional PLD and Curriculum Leads service:

Meet the Curriculum Leads – Ministry of Education

Teaching Aotearoa New Zealand’s histories module

We have launched a self-paced learning module as an introduction to Aotearoa New Zealand’s histories (ANZH) and the refreshed New Zealand Curriculum structure.
This module supports you to enact the Aotearoa New Zealand’s histories (ANZH) content and embed it in your local curriculum.
After completing the module, you will be able to:

  • use the Understand, Know, Do elements to create rich learning experiences for students
  • know how the progressions framework incorporates Understand, Know, Do at each phase of learning
  • understand how the Understand, Know, Do progress outcomes guide local curriculum 

The module takes approximately 40 minutes to complete. Please share this with your colleagues and networks.

Teaching Aotearoa New Zealand’s histories learning module – ANZH Education

Curriculum Design for Aotearoa New Zealand’s histories – Te Tiriti provision modules working in partnership with iwi

We are pleased to announce that two modules for teachers and leaders will be released early next year, focusing on curriculum design for Aotearoa New Zealand's histories. We are working with Ngāti Pikiao in Rotorua, and Te Tai Whanake Ki Tauranga Moana - Ngāti Ranginui, Ngāi te Rangi and Ngāti Pūkenga in Tauranga, to explore how we will work in partnership with local iwi and hapū during curriculum design for local critical histories. 
The self-directed modules will deliver self-paced professional learning and development (PLD) that will support your ongoing journey to develop local curriculum honouring Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

What you will see in this module

What local critical histories did these iwi and hapū choose to share with schools and kura in their rohe, to support teaching and learning? How did they do this?

These modules will be available on the Learning Management System during Term 1 next year. We will provide an update in the first curriculum newsletter for 2023.

Mental Health Education

During Mental Health Awareness week, Associate Ministers of Education Jan Tinetti and Kelvin Davis launched new guidance to support the teaching and learning of mental health education.

The guidance has been developed as part of a broader wellbeing package of supports. As you know, supporting the mental health of our young people is so important.

All schools will be sent a copy in Term 4. To access the guidance online, visit our website:

Mental health education: Health & Physical Education – TKI

Check out this video from the lead writers of the guide Dr Katie Fitzpatrick and Dr Melinda Webber, who explain its purpose, what underpins it, and how it can be used.

An introduction to the Mental Health Education guidelines Vimeo

Guidance has also been developed for schools and kura using Te Marautanga o Aotearoa, and Te Oranga Mauri – Te Hā o Hinepūtehue is planned to be distributed in Term 4 2022.

Our Curriculum Lead service will be available to support you with implementation. If you have any questions, please contact the Healthy Relationships Team at Healthy.Relationships@education.govt.nz.

Initial Teacher Education forums

We have met with the leads of Initial Teacher Education (ITE) groups to share progress on the refresh of The New Zealand Curriculum, the implementation of Te Whāriki and the Literacy & Communication and Maths Strategy, and to discuss the implications for ITE programme development.

Planning is in place for the final 2022 hui, arranged for Wednesday 30 November. The next session will introduce the redesign of Te Marautanga o Aotearoa, its supporting conceptual framework, and how it will place ākonga at the centre of learning while recognising their place as mokopuna and ancestors for the future.

Over 200 ITE representatives have attended the two online forums to date. Planning is underway for the 2023 events.

NCEA Change Programme
What's happening now

Review of Achievement Standards

Development of NZC NCEA Level 2 subjects

We’re collaborating closely with Subject Expert Groups and are on track to deliver draft Level 2 materials for pilot schools. Full details on rollout timelines will be available from early 2023.

Right now, we’re working on the third and final group of NZC NCEA Level 2 subjects, with additional focus on English, Biology, and Chemistry, alongside the other sciences. Level 2 subjects in final stages of development include: Agricultural and Horticultural Science, Earth and Space Science, Physics, Design, Drama, Dance, Art History, Music Studies, Making Music, Materials Technologies, Digital Technologies, Processing and Systems Technologies, Computer Science, and Pacific Languages.

Alongside practising teachers, academics, and representatives from tertiary and industry sectors involved in Subject Expert Groups, we’re collaborating with NZQA to develop the Big Ideas and draft the Learning Matrix, the Teaching, Learning and Assessment Guide, Achievement Standards, and assessment materials for each subject.

Materials will be progressively published on our website throughout 2023.

NCEA Education

NCEA Te Reo Matatini me te Pāngarau | Literacy and Numeracy

As a transition year, 2023 will be important for schools and kura to engage in the assessment and strengthen teaching and learning practices. We are encouraging you to prepare for the introduction of the new standards as mandatory co-requisites in 2024.

From next year, schools and kura will be able to access the new NCEA Te Reo Matatini me te Pāngarau | Literacy and Numeracy co-requisite standards. Current Years 8 and 9 will be the first cohort this significantly impacts, with their NCEA attainment dependant on achieving the new standards.

We will be working closely with the Minister’s NCEA Professional Advisory Group to consider options and transition arrangements to support this first cohort of students and their teachers and kaiako.

How to engage in the assessment in 2023 – Ministry of Education 

Vocational Entrance Award

In 2023, we will be testing prototypes of the Vocational Entrance Award (name provisional) in four to six schools and kura with a Vocational Education and Training (VET) programme that covers the Digital Technology and Building and Construction industries. We're currently engaging with the schools and kura that have been invited to participate in the prototype, and will share more information soon.

The Award will provide a clear indication that a student is ready to move on to further education and/or employment in these industries, having completed a number of critical modules. It is important that the Award is valued by ākonga, whānau, kaiako and employers. The prototyping is not meant to evaluate existing VET programmes but rather, to test the Award to see how well the high-level design principles and criteria work in practice.

We are keen to collaborate with ākonga on exploring possible names for the Award and are currently planning on how we can work with them throughout the prototyping phase.

NZC NCEA Pilots update

Experiences of pilot school journeys

We’re hearing success stories from the 400 secondary schools and kura taking part in the four NCEA pilots. Teachers and kaiako are reporting greater focus on learning rather than assessment, and the freedom to follow ākonga and local opportunities. The inclusion of mātauranga Māori aspects in the learning is resonating with ākonga from all backgrounds, and the relevance of the learning and greater flexibility for them to demonstrate their knowledge in multiple ways is increasing engagement.

Videos about the pilot journeys of schools and kura are available on our website:

NCEA Pilot School Videos – NCEA Education

This includes Aotea College, who provide an insight into the future of NCEA from 2024, they are one of our lead pilot schools. The school is piloting nine Level 1 subjects this year and plans to extend this to 20 subjects in 2023. 

Also included are videos about Green Bay High School (NCEA Level 1 Science Pilot) and Saint Kentigern (Te Ao Haka Pilot).

Preparing for the 2023 Level 1 NZC Pilot

Feedback from the 93 schools and kura piloting this year has been positive and teachers are reporting increased student engagement. Pilots are reporting consistent benefits of shifting from assessment-dominated programmes, building greater connection with mātauranga Māori, and more flexibility to respond to student’s interests and learning needs. 

Pilot teachers and kaiako have greatly valued regular connections with each other, and with subject specialists across the Ministry and NZQA.

We’re using results and input from the 2022 mini-pilot to refine and revise Level 1 standards and assessments ahead of the full pilot in 2023. 

Starting this month, the final pilot-ready versions of Level 1 materials will be published in different stages as they are revised. Standards assessed and marked during the exam period will be revised, if needed, and new versions will be published during the first half of Term 1 2023. 

Pilot teachers and kaiako will be given guidance from the Ministry and NZQA on any likely changes to these standards and assessments, to support their planning during the pilot workshops at the beginning of 2023.

We’re keen to hear questions and feedback from you. Please email us with your comments to ncea.review@education.govt.nz.

Changes to timing of external assessments for Level 1 Pilots

Testing and learning what works and what needs refining is a pillar of making sure the strengthened NCEA is fully fit for purpose. Non-exam external assessments for New Zealand Curriculum NCEA Level 1 were part of the test and learn approach this year in Level 1 pilot schools. 

People participating are making it clear the addition of non-exam external assessments creates additional assessment and logistics pressure through the year. The pressures are felt on students, teachers and kaiako, and across the school community, including significant workload pressure on Principal’s Nominees. 

It also resulted in the timing of assessment playing a strong role in determining the timing of teaching and learning throughout the year. More subjects and the wide variety of assessment formats and conditions increased the pressures. 

Based on participants’ experiences and feedback, we are moving the 2023 Level 1 pilot external assessments into a single time-period in Term 4 for New Zealand Curriculum subjects. We are still working through the best approach for Te Marautanga o Aotearoa and Kaupapa Ako Māori subjects.
This means that submitted evidence (such as portfolios, reports, and performances) for New Zealand Curriculum subjects will be due to NZQA during this time period – noting that teachers have flexibility around when evidence is provided by students to them and when assessment is completed (the due date to NZQA is the final point it can be provided). 

Test-style Common Assessment Activities will also move to Term 4. Given that these are 'point-in-time’ assessments which will now fall within the examination window, we are revisiting some of these to determine whether they should change form (for example, to become submission-type assessments). We'd like to ensure that the forms of assessment for each subject are the most appropriate for the learning being assessed, including considering how a subject’s assessments complement each other.
For students / kaiako / teachers, there will be two internal assessments during the year, and two externals due or occurring at the end of the year. In most cases at NCEA Level 1, this will likely include a submission which can be completed earlier at an appropriate time, or over the course of the year.


Numeracy Enhanced Plans

Numeracy Enhanced Plans (NEPs) look at a sequence of activities that are part of a teaching and learning programme. We’ve released NEPS for Alternative Education, Learning Languages (Japanese), PE, Science, Social Sciences and Visual Arts. 

Access them on our website:

Resources to Support Numeracy Across the Curriculum – NCEA Education

The NEPs look at a sequence of activities that are part of a teaching and learning programme. They highlight the numeracy opportunities within the activities and provides ways in which teachers and kaiako can make numeracy explicit for ākonga.

What's happening next

Online orientation and initial planning hui in subject groups

A check-in hui is held every month for teachers participating in the New Zealand Curriculum NCEA Level 1 pilots. It’s an opportunity for collaboration between teachers alongside Ministry and NZQA subject specialists. These sessions will continue in 2023 and provide a valuable forum for teachers to share resources and planning.
The onboarding of teachers participating in the full pilot of all New Zealand Curriculum NCEA Level 1 subjects in 2023 is well underway. An online orientation for participating schools was held from 15 to 17 November, and a face-to-face hui is scheduled in late January 2023.

The orientation programme and ongoing support to 2023 pilot teachers has been strengthened in response to feedback from this year’s pilot teachers. We will be supporting teachers to build their 2023 programmes using the new Learning Matrices, standards and assessments. They will also facilitate exploration of mana ōrite mō te mātauranga Māori in each subject.