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News of April 2023

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Changes to legislative requirements for school boards


The New Zealand Curriculum is being refreshed, and Te Marautanga o Aotearoa redesigned. The mathematics, English, te reo Māori and Pāngarau learning areas in each curriculum will need to be implemented in 2026. The remaining learning areas will need to be implemented in 2027.

School boards have new legislative requirements that took effect on 1 January 2023. The Ministry of Education has provided guidance to help you manage the transition period until the new curricula are in place.

For more information and documents, please see NZ Curriculum Online - Changes to legislative requirements for school boards.

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Curriculum and NCEA rollout slowed


On 19 April 2023 Minister of Education, Jan Tinetti announced the Government is prioritising maths, literacy, te reo Māori and pāngarau learning while shifting the timeframes of other changes to NCEA and the national curriculum. 

Read the Minister’s press release here.

This decision is about listening to what kaiako and leaders have told us they need and making sure they are fully prepared to implement the changes confidently.

You can read more about the impacts of the updated implementation timelines here - Curriculum and NCEA rollout slowed

If you have any questions about the changes, you are welcome to email [email protected]

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Minimising the use of physical restraint in New Zealand schools and kura - Mandatory learning module


New rules and guidelines on understanding ākonga distress and minimising the use of physical restraint in schools came into effect on 7 February 2023. The new guidelines were created in response to changes in the Education and Training Act 2020 and schools' requests for clearer rules around physical restraint and contact.

Download the two documents:

PDF icon. Aramai He Tētēkura - A guide to understanding distress and minimising the use of physical restraint - February 2023 (PDF 13 MB)

PDF icon. Education (Physical Restraint) Rules 2023 (PDF 390 KB)

Mandatory learning module

All kaiako and authorised staff must complete the online learning module Physical Restraint - Understanding the Rules and Guidelines by 7 February 2024.

To complete the training, kaiako and authorised staff will need an Education Sector Logon (ESL).

  • So far, almost 4,000 school staff have completed the module.
  • The feedback has been overwhelmingly positive, with more than 90% of people giving the module a 4- or 5-star rating. 

More online modules will be delivered throughout 2023 and 2024.