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A new look is coming to nzmaths!


During 2015 the nzmaths team worked with a web design team to develop a new look and structure for nzmaths. Several hundred teachers and facilitators gave feedback as the new design evolved.

This new design will be launched to the live site during February, but the team thought you might like a preview of what to expect.

Click for more information about the upcoming changes to nzmaths.

Top Outdoor Spot competition


The New Zealand Walking Access Commission’s 2016 Top Outdoor Spot competition offers NZ primary and intermediate schools and students the chance to win great prizes by sending in photos, drawings, and creative descriptions of their favourite outdoor places.

The competition is being run from the Both Sides of the Fence educational website from 1 February to 8 May 2016. Teachers can combine Social Sciences, English, and EOTC learning with the Both Sides of the Fence message of responsible behaviour in the outdoors, considering different people’s viewpoints and valuing the outdoors.

Find out more…

Online ESOL Support for Schools – Accelerated English Language Learning (ACCELL)


The Ministry of Education has an online ESOL programme available for schools who have students in years 7–10 who are new learners of the English language.

This programme on the Virtual Learning Network (VLN) is designed to accelerate English language learning  to support these students in their mainstream classes.

Schools who are new to ESOL students and who do not have established ESOL departments or ESOL teachers will find this resource invaluable.

For more information about ACCELL, see ESOL Online.

If you would like to discuss the programme, please contact Ruthanne Kennedy, ruthanne.kennedy@accell.school.nz

Assessment Online Newsletter – PLD resources


Find out about Assessment Online PLD resources to use in your school in the latest newsletter from Assessment Online.

LEARNZ 2016 Virtual Field Trips


With more to come, free online LEARNZ field trips for NZ schools in 2016 include: Opera (performing arts); Where are We? (social sciences); Wetland Biodiversity (science-living world); Waka Voyaging (PE/health); Love Your Rubbish (social sciences, technology); Smart Motorways (technology, social sciences); Geohazards (science, social sciences); Waterview Connection (technology, social sciences);  Antarctica (science, nature of science).

 Find out more about field trips for 2016, how to join LEARNZ, and what teachers are saying about LEARNZ

Waitangi Day – how will you commemorate?


The resources on this page can help you to consider how Waitangi Day can be celebrated with your students and the wider community, and how you can use the Treaty of Waitangi principle as a foundation of curriculum decision making at your school.

Chinese New Year 2016


Chinese New Year takes place this year from Monday 8 February. This resource page provides ideas and resources to help you plan programmes of learning around this significant event. 

Students can explore values such as diversity and respect, and develop conceptual understandings about culture, identity, and customs.

Walking School Bus


The New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) has the resources you need for setting up a Walking School Bus at your school.

Accelerating student achievement: a resource for schools


This resource can be used with the School Evaluation Indicators.  It brings together findings from ERO’s recent national reports to outline what works to accelerate progress for Māori students at-risk of underachieving in primary schools. The resource includes approaches schools have taken where progress was accelerated and schools were able to extend their practices to help more students succeed.

Raising student achievement through targeted actions


In this December 2015 report, the Education Review Office (ERO) evaluated how well schools set targets for raising student achievement, and took actions that made a difference for learners who were at risk of underachieving.

The report provides examples from the schools that were doing best in setting targets and taking actions that raised student achievement, and includes quotes from school leaders, trustees, and teaching teams.