A Contemporary Curriculum; Reframing Literacy as "Communication Arts"

Professional development (PD) Wellington

Posted: 14 March 2019
Notice reference #: 1H9sD2

The introduction of National Standards in 2010 had many consequences. The profession’s response to the introduction of National Standards and the public reporting of each school’s achievement was, unintentionally, to narrow our focus to reading, writing and mathematics rather than maintaining a focus on the broader curriculum as outlined in the NZC. With the removal of National Standards, it is now time to reinstate the full curriculum. The question is, what does this look like in our contemporary context? At Amesbury School, we are on a journey of reframing literacy as “Communication Arts”. This course explores this model of “Communication Arts” and how it varies from a “literacy” approach.

Who will benefit?

This course is for those teachers and school leaders who are wondering how curriculum can and should “look” different. It is for those who value the diverse forms and mediums of communication and who wonder how (whether) we can move beyond the privileging of reading and writing.   


Where: Amesbury School, Wellington.

Length: 9am–4pm.

When: Monday 9 September.

Price: $295 (includes refreshments, lunch).

Places available: 15.

Register: Form

Course outline

You will:

  • explore the model of “Communication Arts” developed by Amesbury School
  • explore the theory that supports such an approach and consider the potential advantages/risks/disadvantages
  • observe “Communication Arts” in practice and critically reflect on what you see
  • explore the Amesbury Learning Framework and how its integrality supports the teaching, learning, assessment and reporting of “Communication Arts”
  • hear from teachers and leaders about the outcomes, successes, failures and difficulties experienced
  • reflect on the barriers to reframing literacy as “Communication Arts” that you might experience in your place and consider strategies for overcoming them
  • consider how you might make a start
  • take home some resources that might help you get going

Facilitator: Lesley Murrihy with Urs Cunningham.

Events summary


09 September 2019 – 09 September 2019

Further information

Contact: Angela Johnston

 (04) 477 3423