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“Stop placing all emphasis on academic success and take a more holistic approach to teaching and learning.” (Student) 

“Rather than have a ‘level’ a child needs to be achieving at, let their progress be measured against their own abilities." (Teacher)

The Ministry will work together with schools and kura, students, parents, whānau, iwi and communities to develop resources that map progress across Te Marautanga o Aotearoa and The New Zealand Curriculum. The resources will help teachers to recognise and respond to each student’s progress across a broader range of learning – including literacy and numeracy, pāngarau and te reo matatini, as well as social and emotional learning from Te Marautanga o Aotearoa and The New Zealand Curriculum.

These resources will recognise that students grow and develop at different rates. They will value the whole child and give teachers, parents and whānau a holistic view of each student’s progress in the learning every child and young person needs, as well as learning that’s important to the parents, whānau, hapū, iwi and the community of each school or kura. And they’ll reflect the progress of all learners, including those who are working long term within level one of the curriculum.

These new resources will complement existing resources for understanding progress in literacy and numeracy. They’ll include examples and links to other resources teachers can use to help take their students to the next learning step. They’ll help teachers and leaders to see what teaching practices and approaches are having the most impact on student progress.