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Reminder about e-asTTle outage this weekend


e-asTTle will be unavailable from 5pm Friday 29th May until 7am Tuesday 2nd June. This scheduled outage is required to improve our IT infrastructure.

Please pass on this information to all staff who use e-asTTle. We apologise in advance for any inconvenience this may cause.

Contact the MoE Service Desk if you have any queries or for more information about e-asTTle.

Phone: MoE Service Desk on 0800 225 548 (option 2)

Email:   moe.servicedesk.minedu.govt.nz

Live Webinar: Universal Design for Learning - applying the framework to create an inclusive classroom


Date: June 4, 3.45-4.45pm

Audience: Primary and secondary teachers

In this webinar Lynne Silcock (CORE Education) and Linda Ojala (Silverstream School) explain what Universal Design for Learning is and why it's important. They will share their experiences on how they have applied the UDL framework to create an inclusive classroom environment.

Register here for this webinar

Cultural Diversity: Designing a culturally responsive curriculum

Cultural Diversity: Designing a culturally responsive curriculum


This blog focuses on creating a classroom and school environment that is inclusive of, and responsive to, cultural diversity – as guided by the cultural diversity principle. The blog offers a survey, reflective questions, and examples of effective practice, to help you think about ways that you can effectively cater for cultural diversity in your school.

Samoan Language Week


Samoan Language Week / Vaiaso o le gagana Sāmoa takes place this year between 24 and 30 May. The theme for 2015 is Tautua nei mo sou manuia a teaao – Serve now for a better tomorrow.

 Samoan Language Week / Vaiaso o le gagana Sāmoa helps all New Zealanders towards shared cultural understandings. Learning a new language gives us insight to new ways of thinking, and to different beliefs and cultural practices. 

NZ Curriculum Online provides ideas, resources, and tools to help schools get involved.

New on Inclusive Education


Eight new guides for teachers and school leaders have been published on the Inclusive Education website. These guides provide practical strategies, suggestions, and resources to support school leaders and teachers to build an inclusive environment enabling success for learners with diverse needs. Take a look at the new guides, which cover the following topics: 

New School Journals – May 2015


During May 2015 schools will receive three School Journals – one at each of the levels 2, 3, and 4.

PDFs of all texts, teacher support materials, and audio support for the level 2 journal are available online.

Elsie Locke Writing Prize 2015


The Elsie Locke Writing Prize, for original writing by students in years 7 and 8, commemorates Elsie Locke’s life, both as a writer and as a person who was concerned about peace, the environment, women’s issues, and community.

The winner receives $250 together with a commemorative bookplate and certificate, and the story is published in a School Journal. Entries need to arrive by Monday, 6 July 2015.
Full details are available in the PDF:

Elsie Locke 2015 (PDF 349KB)

The New Zealand flag - your chance to decide


New Zealanders have the chance to decide in the upcoming flag referendums - whether to keep the existing flag or choose a new design.

This resource in English and te reo Māori is designed to help teachers, leaders, students, and whānau as they engage with the flag consideration process in their school community. 

Within the resource there are links to The New Zealand Curriculum, resources to help explore personal and national identity, and ideas to guide the replication of the referendum process within your school.

The resource caters for students from years 1–10 and can be adapted to suit the learners in your classroom.

New Zealand Sign Language Week 4–10 May 2015


New Zealand Sign Language Week takes place this year 4–10 May. This page provides ideas and resources that teachers and students can use to get involved.

Online ESOL support for schools


The Ministry of Education has a new online ESOL programme available to intermediate and secondary schools that have students who are new learners of the English language.

This programme on the Virtual Learning Network is designed to accelerate English language learning to help students in years 7–13 catch up to their peers as quickly as possible. It may be particularly useful for schools who have not had ESOL students before or don’t have an established ESOL department or ESOL teachers.

Find out more.....