Coherent Pathways Guidance

The Coherent Pathways Tool helps you think strategically about coherent pathways, capabilities, and transitions for your ākonga. Use this to identify capabilities and learning focuses that are too important to leave to chance. Specify what these should look like at critical transition points.

Four main steps to create a coherent pathway

All four steps are important. Complete steps 1 through 3 before starting to enter a coherent pathway into the tool. This ensures that a coherent pathway is confirmed, with a plan of action supported by leadership and teachers.

The four steps are:

  1. Understand what is meant by a coherent pathway.
  2. Answer key questions and set up your project.
  3. Review coherent pathway examples.
  4. Enter the capabilities into the Coherent Pathways tool.

This page gives an overview of these steps. For detailed guidance download this document:

Guidance on Coherent Pathways. [PDF, 845 KB]

Understand what is meant by a coherent pathway

A coherent pathway’s elements are capabilities and transition statements. Learn about pathway elements in these sections of the PDF:

Answer key questions and set up your project

Your leadership team should consider key questions about a coherent pathway before undertaking this work. Ensure that you are well resourced.

To guide this discussion, work through the Wānanga section of the PDF.

Discuss resourcing, leadership, and how teachers will work. Confirm how the team will communicate about and review coherent pathways. Establish your evidence standards.

This section also shares what a transition pathways team discusses at a meeting about strategy and vision statements.

Review coherent pathway examples

The Guidance includes an example plan for developing a coherent pathway. Review this in the PDF here:

This plan is a framework for developing a coherent pathway to support ākonga. It is an index of activities, materials, and handouts. It also has key questions to ask at meetings discussing your vision for ākonga.

The Guidance has detailed examples of capabilities and transition statements. You can edit and adapt these as overarching capabilities for your own pathways. Review this in the PDF here:

For big-picture support, also read the following Appendices in the PDF:

Enter the pathway into the Coherent Pathways tool

When you are ready to share a Coherent Pathway, add it to the tool. Your learning community can contribute to the transitions they support.

Assemble your part of the coherent pathway’s information, including:

With this, enter your part of the coherent pathway into the Coherent Pathways tool.

When you choose an overarching capability, the tool will enter a default capability. You can edit this. You can also select and add learning area capabilities in support.