Calling curriculum experts 

Issue: Volume 100, Number 4

Posted: 31 March 2021
Reference #: 1HAJTT

Expressions of interest are now open for the Curriculum Advisory Group.

Kōrero Mātauranga highlighted a clear need for the Ministry of Education to provide trusted curriculum leadership across the system, through more genuine interaction with the education sector. 
The Ministry has begun this journey to identify how the national curricula meets the needs of all parts of the education system – across Te Whāriki, Te Marautanga o Aotearoa, and The New Zealand Curriculum in both Māori and English medium settings. 
It is now seeking expressions of interest from curriculum experts (both practitioners and academics) to join the new Curriculum Advisory Group (CAG).  

Role of the Curriculum Advisory 

The CAG will help to strengthen the Ministry's national curriculum leadership by providing expert advice on the direction for the curriculum work programme. 

The CAG will take a strategic view of the collective impact of the curriculum work programme and provide advice to the Ministry about how learners and educators experience the curriculum system in Aotearoa. 
In particular, the group will draw on innovative research and on-the-ground knowledge to enhance the Ministry’s curriculum design and implementation. 
The CAG will also bring diverse voices from across the education system into the curriculum work programme to strengthen the Ministry’s focus on: 

  • equitable outcomes for all ākonga and their whānau 
  • giving effect to Te Tiriti o Waitangi 
  • the rights of the child. 

The CAG will not replace the need for other advisory groups who engage with specific learning pathways and curriculum priorities. It may be able to access further expertise from such groups where required on work within its scope. 
Plans are also underway to establish a rōpū whakaruruhau to provide advice to the Ministry on mātauranga Māori in curriculum. The work of Te Whakaruruhau will supplement the CAG’s advice by providing an additional depth of expert knowledge in mātauranga Māori in curriculum. 

Knowledge and expertise 

The Ministry is seeking qualified and respected experts holding broad and deep curriculum knowledge and expertise across the breadth of education pathways.  
This includes: 

  • Te Marautanga o Aotearoa 
  • The New Zealand Curriculum 
  • Te Whāriki 
  • Te Whāriki a te Kōhanga Reo 
  • Mātauranga and Te Ao Māori 
  • Te Reo Māori 
  • Experiential ('lived') experience of curriculum in action – for example, successes, failures and insights 
  • Ākonga Māori in English-medium settings 
  • Inclusive education in Māori and/or English-medium pathways 
  • He Tamaiti Hei Raukura 
  • Pacific education. 

The advice provided by the CAG must represent the interests of all parts of the education system from early learning to senior secondary (including NCEA) in both Māori and English-medium. 

Expressions of interest 

Expressions of interest in membership for the CAG are open until 30 April 2021. If you are a change leader with recognised and respected curriculum expertise, please submit a CV and a cover letter of no more than 500 words. 
Email expressions of interest to link)
Successful candidates will be advised and the Curriculum Advisory Group announced in May. 

BY Education Gazette editors
Education Gazette | Tukutuku Kōrero,

Posted: 1:30 pm, 31 March 2021

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