Curriculum Leads (Wellbeing) Collaboration

Closed 25 Sep 2020

Opened 7 Sep 2020

Feedback Updated 16 Oct 2020

We Asked

We would like to thank everyone who contributed to the initial collaboration on the new Curriculum Lead roles with a focus on Wellbeing. We wanted to work with you to ensure we get the right people with the right skills into these important roles and your input will help us to do that.

You Said

High-level themes:

We were told the Curriculum Leads roles need to:

  • Be established with a continuum of differentiated local curriculum support.
  • Build national coherence coupled with local knowledge and flexibility.
  • Have knowledge of a variety of learning contexts, including specialist schools.
  • Have a high level of experience and mana that comes from having worked in the education sector and in-depth knowledge of curriculum.
  • Be professionals who are well networked and can identify what a rich and responsive curriculum looks like.
  • Have a strong understanding of how wellbeing weaves across the curriculum.
  • Have leadership experience and coaching skills, the ability to connect, build educationally powerful connections and challenge existing thinking.
  • Be culturally responsive practitioners, who can identify and foster Māori identity, language and culture as critical to Māori education success.
  • Incorporate the option of secondment for current educators.
  • Promote and support the development of the full curriculum, eg arts, as a means to strengthen wellbeing.

We Did

On Monday 12 October we posted advertisements for the Curriculum Leads roles. The role descriptions have been informed by your feedback. Applications will remain open until 1 November 2020. These roles will be advertised through a number of channels and you will be able to access this information here: Curriculum leads recruitment

We want to continue working with you to further refine the roles and ways of working of the Curriculum Leads. The next step is to develop how these roles will connect with and support leaders and teachers most effectively. This will include options to provide digital input. Keep an eye out for opportunities to be involved in the next stage here.


Through the Kōrero Mātauranga | Education Conversation, we heard from learners, families/ whānau and educators that they want learners:
  • to be happy, healthy and feel that they belong in education
  • to be learning the right things, in the right way, with skilled and engaged educators
  • to receive an education that takes them somewhere that they value and that helps them throughout their life.
Curriculum Leads
We have a new opportunity to deliver more front line specialist support that educators have been asking for through the Governments new Wellbeing Budget 2020 package.

Through the Child Youth and Wellbeing Strategy a vision of New Zealand being the best place in the world for young people to be was identified.

We want to work with you to ensure that you have your say so that we get the right people for these exciting new roles.

These roles will help to support the priorities identified by you in the conversations we have had over the last two years.

We heard that:

  • Children and people who feel safe and confident in themselves and in their learning environments, are those who best engage and achieve in education, in work and in life.
  • Racism, discrimination, bullying, poverty and family violence are issues that affect wellbeing. They impact on confidence, achievement and sense of belonging.  
  • Māori parents, educators, whānau and students have also identified the fostering of Māori identity, language and culture as critical to Māori education success.

What you need to know:

  • Up to 40 new Curriculum Leads (Wellbeing) will be established to help schools, kura, early learning services and kōhanga reo deliver a high quality Health and Physical Education and Hauora local curriculum and marau ā kura.
  • The Ministry of Education’s national office and regional offices will be partnering to collaborate with the sector, peak bodies, and health education experts to determine the most effective service design model.
  • The up to 40 Curriculum Leads (Wellbeing) will be recruited after the collaborative engagement to ensure we have the right people with the right skillsets for the job.
  • Curriculum Leads (Wellbeing) will be appointed at the end of 2020 for a 2021 start, and they will be supporting early learning services, kōhanga reo, kura and schools by term 2, 2021.

Read more about Wellbeing in Education

Why are we collaborating?

We want to ensure that the Curriculum Leads (Wellbeing) roles are designed in a collaborative way, so that they meet the needs of teachers, leaders, students, whanau and the community.
Watch our video to assist you with more context to complete the survey.