Our goal is for kaiako and leaders to use teacher-only days to engage deeply with the changes most relevant to effectively implement changes in schools and kura.


Four teacher-only days are available to primary and secondary schools, kura and wharekura in 2023 and 2024. These days provide dedicated time for you to engage with the significant changes across the integrated Curriculum and Assessment Change Programme within Te Poutāhū.

Ringfenced time for schools, kura and kaiako to engage with these changes was requested by education sector groups in 2022 and has been granted for 2023 and 2024.

Read announcement on Confirmed teacher-only days for 2023 and 2024

Te Poutāhū leads the national curricula for Aotearoa New Zealand and associated systems and processes of assessment and aromatawai. We design, develop and provide curriculum services for teachers, kaiako, leaders, ākonga, their whānau and communities that reflect their identities, languages and cultures.

Teacher-only days in 2023 and 2024 are a part of implementing the Curriculum and Assessment Change Programme within Te Poutāhū.

  • The refresh of 'The New Zealand Curriculum' is designed so schools, kura, whānau, and communities are better supported to do what they do best: create rich and responsive learning that helps every ākonga realise their goals and aspirations.
  • 'Te Marautanga o Aotearoa' is being redesigned to better reflect the needs of Māori education, the aspirations of whānau, hapū and iwi, and the central position of Māori language and culture.
  • Strengthening NCEA by making a series of changes to improve well-being, inclusion and equity, coherence, pathways, and credibility.


Following consultation with the Sector Advisory Group supporting teacher-only days, the time-period for the teacher-only days in 2023 has been set as:


  • Term 2, 24 April - 5 May 2023
  • Term 4, 13 - 24 November 2023.


  • Term 2, 27 May - 7 June 2024
  • Term 4, 21 October - 15 November 2024.

A key consideration is minimising clashes for schools and kura where possible, by choosing dates that avoid regional or cultural events, interschool fixtures, and key NCEA assessment dates.  

Schools and kura participating in Curriculum and Assessment teacher-only days within the set timeframes do not need to make up any half-days. The number of half-days required to be open for instruction will be reduced.

Common dates

Teacher-only days in 2023 and 2024 are the first time all places of learning are being directed to hold their day within the same time-period. Schools and kura will identify a common date in their area/region to help reduce disruption for parents, caregivers, and whānau.

Sector Advisory Group – Teacher-Only Days 2023 and 2024 

Sector partners will provide detailed input on the timing, direction, and delivery approaches for the teacher-only days, and offer perspectives on implementation of the Curriculum and Assessment Change Programme.

The Sector Advisory Group will include representatives from the following organisations:

  • New Zealand School Trustees Association    
  • NZEI Te Riu Roa    
  • PPTA Te Wehengarua    
  • Special Education Principals' Association NZ
  • Secondary Principals' Council
  • Te Rūnanga Nui o Ngā Kura Kaupapa Māori
  • New Zealand Principals' Federation
  • Auckland Primary Principals' Association
  • Secondary Principals' Association of New Zealand    
  • Ngā Kura ā Iwi o Aotearoa
  • New Zealand Association of Intermediate Middle Schooling 
  • Te Akatea
  • New Zealand Area Schools Association
  • NZ Pasifika Principals' Association