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Upcoming OTJ workshops in reading and writing


Following the success of the Overall Teacher Judgment (OTJ) workshop series in 2014, the Ministry of Education is providing another series of OTJ workshops during 2015.

These workshops will again be facilitated through The Consortium for Professional Learning during terms two and three. 

These full day workshops will support teachers using National Standards to use quality moderation practices and make valid and reliable OTJs of student progress and achievement.

Find more information on the CPL website.

Workshops will be held in 39 areas across the country. Locations, dates and registration details will be available from the 17th April on the CPL website.

New resources available


The following books are being distributed to schools March 2015:

  • Junior Journal 50
  • School Journal Story Library Level 3 ("Bok Choy")
  • School Journal Story Library Level 4 (“Marcus Thomas – New Zealand Caveman”)

PDFs, teacher support material, and audio files to support these resources are now available online:

Virtual field trip – Geohazards: earthquakes, landslides, tsunami


LEARNZ Geohazards virtual field trip – 28-30 April 2015. Experts will take you to remote locations to help you better understand what causes natural disasters such as tsunami, earthquakes, and landslides, and how we can manage the risk. This trip fits well with big ideas such as hazards, community, our world, nature, self, New Zealand, and personal responsibility. This LEARNZ trip is the seventh in a series on geohazards that have included the Auckland volcanic field, Wellington, the Bay of Plenty, and the Canterbury earthquakes.
Find out how to enrol

Connected Learning Advisory – Te Ara Whītiki


The Ministry of Education's new Connected Learning Advisory, Te Ara Whītiki, is now available for state and state-integrated schools/kura seeking expert help in integrating digital technologies with learning.

Schools/kura are invited to to use the Connected Learning Advisory service and can find out more via this page in Enabling e-Learning on TKI. 

Complete the online form or ring the advisory phone line (0800 700 400) during business hours. Information is also available about the service in te reo Māori.

Submissions open - teaching practice and curriculum implementation consultation


The Advisory on Early Learning is running an online consultation to get your thoughts on current teaching practice and curriculum implementation for children from birth to eight years of age. Through the survey you can tell us what you are doing, what you would like to see done better, and how we can make this happen together. 

The Advisory is especially interested in hearing from:

  • teachers in early childhood, kōhanga reo, Pacific early childhood centres, schools, and kura
  • people involved in initial teacher education and teacher professional development programmes
  • education sector representative organisations.

This consultation is open now and will close on Tuesday 7 April 2015. It is available in English and Te Reo Māori.

Dyslexia Advocacy Week 16–22 March 2015


A key focus of Dyslexia Advocacy Week 2015 is on improving the dyslexic student's experience and achievements in New Zealand classrooms. The inclusive education guide on dyslexia and learning provides strategies to support students with dyslexia as well as whole-class strategies that benefit all students.

Anzac Day resource page


This year marks the 100 year anniversary of the Gallipoli campaign. You can use this Anzac Day resource page to help plan learning activities around this significant national day. The page offers a rich array of classroom ideas and links to resources to support students to gain insights into the First World War.

ERO report: Inclusive practices for students with special needs in schools


This report examines how well students with special education needs are included in New Zealand schools. The summary highlights the key findings and includes school self-review questions on including students with special education needs.

Engaging with Māori Learners: a survey to help shape how we access, share and build knowledge together


This survey is for New Zealand schools. By completing it you'll be assisting the Ministry of Education to consider how best to share online content with schools and their families, whānau, hapū and Iwi communities, when relating to the vision of the Māori Education strategy Ka Hikitia – Accelerating Success 2013–2017, ‘Māori enjoying and achieving education success as Māori’.

The vision and guiding principles about this goal are described here.

The survey should take between 5-10 minutes to complete and presents 17 mostly multi-choice questions. There are also boxes where you can add comments. Your responses will remain anonymous and will be used to inform a set of recommendations for the Ministry to consider.

Please note that the survey closes on 16 March 2015

Thank you in advance your help—it is much appreciated. 

FIFA U20 World Cup: Football in Schools programme


FIFA U20 World Cup are offering a Football in Schools programme for Term Two 2015. The programme includes NZ Curriculum based learning and teaching resources for Years 1–8 and compliments current NZF Football in Schools Programmes.

All schools in the Host Cities (Whangarei, Auckland, Hamilton, New Plymouth, Wellington, Christchurch, and Dunedin) who register to use the programme will go into the draw to have children from their school on the pitch as Player Escorts.

For full details and to download the pack visit www.FIFA.com/nz2015/schools