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Gifted and talented learners page on English Online


This new page on English Online offers support for school leaders and teachers of the English learning area in assisting gifted and talented students to reach their full potential academically, emotionally, and socially. 

It contains resources, ideas, and tools to use when planning to teach gifted and talented students in your classroom.

Supporting Pasifika learners


Resources, research, and other materials to support the achievement of Pasifika learners in the English learning area.

Language immersion awards


Language Immersion Awards  (LIA) are offered for students and teachers of languages that have curriculum support in NZ schools. The awards are funded by the NZ Ministry of Education and AFS.

The purpose of the immersion experience is to provide a professional development experience for teachers of languages that will build quality language teaching to enhance language learning opportunities and provisions for students.

Visit the AFS website for more information or contact lia.info@afs.org.

Educationally powerful connections with parents and whānau


In this report (November 2015) Education Review Office (ERO) evaluated how well 256 schools worked with parents and whānau to respond to students at risk of underachievement. 

ERO looked for stories about successful working relationships where schools, with parents and whānau, had helped students to move on to a successful pathway from a less successful one.

This evaluation was undertaken in schools reviewed in Terms 3 and 4, 2014.

Have your say – update of the Education Act 1989


The Ministry of Education is consulting about updating the Education Act 1989.  The Ministry wants to know your views about the proposals presented in this discussion document
There are 3 ways you can make your submission:

1. Go to the consultation website to make your submission online.  Here you will find a video from Education Minister Hon Hekia Parata talking about the consultation, and a copy of the full discussion document.

2. Email your submission to education.update@education.govt.nz

3. Write to:

   Education Act Update 
   Ministry of Education 
   PO Box 1666 
   Wellington 6140 
   New Zealand

The Ministry needs to receive your submission by 5pm on Monday 14 December 2015.

Funding to support deeper understanding


The Ministry of Education is continuing its Tertiary Fees Funding Support scheme for approved mathematics and literacy papers, for primary and intermediate school teachers.
The scheme is part of the Ministry of Education’s efforts to further develop teachers’ pedagogical content knowledge and understanding in key areas of learning and teaching.

Applications for semester 1 2016 will open 2 November 2015 and close 29 January 2016.

Lists of approved papers and application forms are available from NZ Maths and Literacy Online.
Read more about the initiative in this article from the Education Gazette.

Conservation Week 2015


The theme for this year's Conservation Week is Healthy Nature Healthy People. It focuses on how nature is everywhere, and has the power not only to invigorate, refresh, and amaze you, but it can also be beneficial to your body and mindThis page from NZ Curriculum Online has ideas and resources that teachers and students can use to get involved.

Free financial capability workshops for year 1–10 schools


Free financial capability workshops for school leaders and teachers are being held across the North Island. During the workshops participants will explore the purpose of financial capability in The New Zealand Curriculum, examine the financial capability online resources, and discuss strategies for integration of the financial capabilities across current teaching and learning programmes.

Find out more from this page

Pasifika languages weeks coming up


Tuvalu Language Week (28 September–4 October 2015) and Fiji Language Week (5 -11 October 2015) take place during the school holidays. New Zealand Curriculum Online has  resource pages filled with ideas and useful links to support your learning about the languages and cultures of these Pacific nations at any time.

Six new Ready to Read books


Six new Ready to Read titles have been published, including two non-fiction books for shared reading.

At Red level, there are three titles: At the Pool, Down the Slide, and Getting Ready for the Visitors.

At Yellow level there is one book, At the Market.  The two non-fiction books for shared reading, are Camouflage and Stick Insects.

Audio versions and teacher support materials (TSM) are available for each of the new titles.