Key competencies in the New Zealand Curriculum


Key competencies matter because they support the lifelong learning emphasis in the New Zealand Curriculum:

  • A vision about students as “lifelong learners”...
  • Principles of “learning to learn” “coherence...
  • further learning” and “future focus” to underpin curriculum
  • The value “innovation, inquiry, and curiosity”
  • Learning areas that emphasise participation beyond school

What are the Key Competencies?




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What do we need to know about the key competencies?

  • Key competencies encompass knowledge, skills, attitudes and values
  • Key competencies work together and influence each other
  • Key competencies require teachers to notice not just what students are learning, but how they are learning and their capacity to continue learning
  • Key competencies are demonstrated in performance – they require action
  • Key competencies are complex and changing – they will look different in different contexts, and will be developed through opportunities to use them in increasingly wide-ranging and complex contexts
  • Key competencies require teachers and learners to think about dispositions (tendencies or inclinations) to consider if students are ready and willing, as well as able, to learn
  • Key competencies strengthen students’ capacity to participate in the world right now, rather than just prepare them to participate in the world at some time in the future
  • Key competencies are not just a new name for the essential skills – they include skills, but also emphasise how skills relate to knowledge, attitudes and values and how skills can be used in interactions with others in various contexts
  • Key competencies are not just for young people - students, teachers, leaders, parents, community members are all both teachers and learners


How might I integrate ICT with the key competencies?

200 Rotorua Teachers Rubrics
Tony Ryan speaks about student engagement and the key competencies: