The aim of the Curriculum Leads is to improve how teachers can develop their local curriculum using the resources and guidance to achieve better learning outcomes and enrich their learners’ well-being. Leads work with kaiako to design local curriculum that responds to children’s wellbeing needs, and to create the right environment in which children and youth will thrive.
In response to identified areas of need, the Curriculum Lead Project was designed with The Learner First’s framework to support kaiako to:
Develop a shared language of wellbeing in local contexts.
The foundation of well-being in individual schools, kura, early learning services and kōhanga reo is a shared language and understanding—among learners, kaiako, and whānau—that supports the delivery of learning and development of desired outcomes.
Create a culture of learning and wellbeing for ākonga and their whānau.
The culture of a learning environment determines learners’ experiences. Ākonga learn best, and experience the greatest well-being, in environments where they feel known, cared for, and supported to succeed—not only academically, but in all aspects of life. A shared definition of success is determined by weaving national curricula with the aspirations of ākonga and their whānau.
Use curriculum decision making to design teaching and learning that develops wellbeing.
Kaiako learn to use the curriculum as a springboard to wider well-being outcomes, weaving well-being into everyday learning experiences no matter the learning context.
Embed positive and culturally sustaining pedagogical practices.
Processes for improving pedagogy, along with strategies and approaches that have proven effective for developing well-being in an academic setting, give kaiako practical ideas on how to shift practice.
Progress toward self-identified well-being goals.
Progression is at the heart of well-being learning. Kaiako are supported with a range of tools for identifying goals, planning their actions and monitoring progress along the way.