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By selecting suitable contexts, activities and experiences, teachers stimulate and challenge students to demonstrate understanding of the connected philosophies and concepts on which the three HPE subjects are based.

Learning programmes at each level will pursue outcomes (knowledge, skills and attitudes) that are consistent across health education, physical education, and home economics.

Transitions and pathways

Students need to see a purpose in what they are doing. For some, enjoyment is sufficient purpose, but most want to be sure that effort now is going to benefit them in tangible ways in terms of their future lives and careers.

There is clear evidence that students who understand the relevance of school to their future lives and careers feel more motivated about school.

Career Education and Guidance in New Zealand Schools, page 5

Find out what qualifications and career pathways your students have planned. Connect learning with those plans. Make career education part of classroom learning.

Learn more:

  • The transitions and pathways section of the secondary portal on TKI provides access to numerous resources on transition and career education and guidance. 
  • The Career Education Benchmarks are a set of self-review tools for teachers to help them improve the quality of their career education.
  • The Careers site also has extensive careers information to help students still at school and those making decisions about leaving.
  • The career education and guidance section of NZ Curriculum Online offers information and resources for teachers and schools. It covers topics such as: career management competencies, career management and the curriculum, sustainable career education, and steps for  developing career education and guidance. 
  • The Careers NZ handbook Career Education in Practice is a practical guide to help schools manage and develop their career education programmes. It is designed to be used alongside Career Education and Guidance in New Zealand Schools.
  • The three research reports in the Ministry of Education series on students’ Transition from primary to secondary schooling address the nature, effects, and implications of students’ transition from primary to secondary schooling on their social development, attitudes towards school and learning, and their overall learning and achievement.
  • The research paper “Learning Workers: Young New Zealanders and Early Career Development” draws on experiences of young New Zealanders in navigating the shifts between learning and work to show how lifelong learning is a feature of their lives and suggest implications for educational policy.

Last updated August 27, 2020