Modern New Zealand Learning Practice

Many New Zealand schools are adapting their pedagogy, systems, environments, use of digital technology, and how they collaborate with other schools in order to meet the needs of modern students. This is Modern New Zealand Learning Practice (MLP). It is current best practice. It is helping students to become confident, connected, actively involved, life-long learners who are able to seize the opportunities offered by new knowledge and technologies to secure a sustainable social, cultural, economic, and environmental future for our country. (The New Zealand Curriculum, page 8)

MLP changes the ways students engage with their learning, how they learn and what they learn. With these changes come a variety of new terms. Some terms are plain jargon, some describe teaching strategies, and some the tools being used. This glossary is designed to promote a shared understanding of those terms currently used in Modern New Zealand Learning Practice, across all education agencies, educators, parents and whanau, and students.

Building on excellence

Students are growing up in a digital world. They learn and make use of technology in ways most adults cannot keep up with. Young people today are far more connected, and connected more widely, than their parents' generation was able to be. They live in the Knowledge Age where they still need to know things but also increasingly have to make sense of the vast amounts of information available online. Students need to be able to locate, access and critique information, use it to make new knowledge and then communicate that to others.

Our students enter a world beyond school that is rapidly changing. New Zealand Schools are responding to the need to develop the whole learner to enable students to gain essential qualifications while also developing the attributes that will equip them to thrive in such a world. The principles, values and key competencies that students should develop are outlined in The New Zealand Curriculum.

Feedback request

In this initial format, feedback is sought from stakeholders about:

  • The usefulness of the glossary
  • Agreement with the definitions of terms
  • The completeness of the glossary. Are there other terms that could be included?
  • The final format

The intention is to have a format published online on ERO's website that will be accessible to the public. It will include hyperlinks to reference material or websites and be updated periodically.

For parents, the language will be revised and ERO is exploring ways of integrating the glossary into a multi-media resource, taking parents on a child's journey through MLP as experienced from ECE through to when they finish high school.

Please send your feedback to