National Curriculum and Assessment Changes


On 10 November 2021, the New Zealand government announced a plan to reset the timelines for the national curriculum and assessment programmes to help mitigate the impact of the pandemic in academics. . These changes will make the education system effective to evolve and address the present and future requirements to deliver equitable and excellent outcomes for the young generation.[2]


To assure a strong and responsive learning experience for all ākonga, A five-year programme to revive the New Zealand Curriculum and Te Marautanga o Aotearoa will be initiated.


By easing the timelines of the national curriculum and assessment programmes, the schools can effectively manage the time and facilities to connect their staff and students. The government is planning to adjust an array of elements connected to the education system [3]



NCEA Major Transitions


Changes will be introduced in a pilot to give lesser turbulence to the existing system. The changes are designed to align better with the academics.


  • 2022 - With the participation of fewer schools, the NZC and TMoA pilots planned for 2022 will be replaced with Level 1 mini-pilots.

  • 2023 -NZC Level 1 (full) pilots will take place in 2023, instead of 2022, with full implementation by 2024.

  • 2024 - Level 2 pilots will take place in 2024 with full implementation by 2025.

  • 2025 -Level 3 pilots will take place in 2025 with full implementation by 2026.



TMoA Pilot


TMoA mini-pilots will take place for Level 2 subjects in 2023, and Level 3 subjects in 2024.


  • Literacy and Numeracy or Te Reo Matatini me te Pāngarau pilots will continue as planned in 2022. The implementation of the corequisite in 2023 is subject to sector readiness, and we are preparing to make a decision in the middle of 2022.

  • The Te Ao Haka programme will not change and pilots will commence in 2022.


There is no change to the redesign of Te Marautanga o Aotearoa as the phasing of learning areas will be aligned with the redesign process around the Te Tamaiti Hei Raukura conceptual framework.


ANZH and TToTW - Major Transitions


  • Schools and kura will be able to implement the new content from 2023, rather than from 2022 as originally planned.

  • This will well position kura to pick up and use the content earlier than 2023 will have the option to do so.

  • During 2022 schools and kura will receive support to access the resources they need to be ready to teach the new content from 2023.

  • schools will be able to use the new ANZH content in the context of the refreshed Social Sciences learning area for the NZC because of the adjustment introduced into the timing.


NZC - Major Transitions


The refreshed curriculum will be completely adapted from 2026.


  • Testing of the vision for young people and the Social Sciences learning area draft content will now take place in term 1, 2022.

  • The refresh of the English and the Mathematics & Statistics learning areas will happen in 2022, supporting the upcoming mathematics and literacy strategies.

  • The update of the Science learning area moves from 2022 to 2023, with the Arts and Technology learning areas also refreshed in 2023.

  • The refreshes of the Learning Languages and Health & Physical Education learning areas move from 2023 to 2024.

  • Changes to other parts of the NZC which underpin it being refreshed as a ‘bicultural and inclusive’ curriculum will all be progressed in 2022, rather than being spread through to the end of 2023. This includes a refreshed Vision for Young People.

  • The phasing of the development of the Record of Learning has been aligned to the refresh of the curriculum, with the first release planned for 2024.


Keywords for your understanding:


  • NCEA

  • The National Certificate in Educational Achievement (NCEA) qualifications are organised by New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA). All enrolling students will automatically become a candidate for NCEA.

  • TMoA

  • Te Marautanga o Aotearoa, a curriculum framework and the other half of the New Zealand Curriculum, designed for Māori-medium schools and classrooms, encourages the development of localised curriculum that suits the particular needs of students, whānau and communities.

  • NZC

  • New Zealand Curriculum [4]

  • ANZH

  • Aotearoa New Zealand's history is a draft curriculum. From 2022, Aotearoa New Zealand's histories will be taught in all schools and kura. [5]

  • TToTW

  • Te Takanga o te Wā provides a framework to support teachers to teach Māori history to their students. The stories and histories relating to the school’s geographic location will assist in instilling a deeper sense of personal identity and belonging for every student. [6]

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