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Digital technologies for learning: Findings from NZCER national survey of primary & intermediate schools 2016


This report draws on data from the NZCER National Survey of Primary and Intermediate Schools, conducted in late August and early September 2016.

The report looks at the role of digital technologies for learning in primary and intermediate schools.

The survey asked how digital technology is being used, how it could be used, and what it means for teaching and learning.

The survey got responses from principals, teachers, trustees, parents and whānau.

Digital technologies for learning infographic illustrates some of the key findings.

Sit less and move more


The Ministries of Health and Education together with Sport New Zealand have released new Physical Activity Guidelines for children and young people (five to 17 years). The new guidelines include recommendations for sleep.

This article from Education Gazette looks at what schools could consider doing to support children getting sufficient sleep, and how else they could support the guidelines.

More information, and a link to download the guidelines, can be found on the Ministry of Health website

2018 study awards, sabbaticals, and study support grants


See Teach NZs table of closing dates and application forms for 2018 study awards, sabbaticals, and study support grants.

Next closing date is 6 June.

Teaching and School Practices Survey Tool


NZCER was commissioned by the Ministry of Education to develop a new online survey tool to provide robust information for school-based inquiry into teaching and school practices, and principal leadership.

The tool is free and involves the principal and teachers completing a quick online survey

The tool is open for use in Terms 2 and 3 each year. It takes teachers around 15 to 20 minutes and principals around 10 to 15 minutes.

An instant set of reports is available to use in reviewing and planning. 

Participation is voluntary, and confidential. No individual teachers can be identified.

Find out more from these FAQ

Consultation on Draft L1 Digital Technologies | Hangarau Matihiko Matrix and Achievement Standards


The Ministry of Education, together with expert Digital Technologies | Hangarau Matihiko teachers, industry partners, and NZQA, has been developing reviewed NCEA materials to better credential student learning in Digital Technology | Hangarau Matihiko.

The Ministry wants to hear your views on the NCEA level 1 draft achievement standards. This feedback will help ensure your voice is taken into consideration as the Ministry continues to develop these standards. 

 Feedback will be open until 4pm, Friday 2nd June 2017.

The draft achievement standards and the associated matrix and other materials can be found on this page along with the link to the questionnaires.

Samoa language week / Vaiaso o le gagana Sāmoa 28 May–3 June 2017


Samoa language week / Vaiaso o le gagana Sāmoa supports the curriculum principles of cultural diversity and inclusion and takes place this year between 28 May and 3 June.

The theme for this year is Ma’au i lou ofaga; maua’a lou fa’asinomaga, Keep your identity alive, to thrive.

This page from NZ Curriculum Online has suggestions and resources to help you and your school community celebrate.

Battle of Passchendaele competition for students at NZ schools and kura


This competition is open for students aged 16 -19 at schools or kura in New Zealand and closes on 2 July 2017.

Through this competition, the Ministry of Education is working with the Passchendaele Society and the Fields of Remembrance Trust to raise awareness of the service and sacrifice during this period in military history.

Students enter the competition as individuals or in groups and use digital technology in an innovative way to produce a curriculum resource for Year 7 to 10 pupils about the Battle of Passchendaele. 

More details about how to enter and an online entry form are available from this web page.

MASAM spotlight


Use this second spotlight from NZ Curriculum Online to engage in professional learning about Māori achieving success as Māori.

Explore what MASAM means to you and work together with your staff to devise ways to be more culturally responsive.  

Includes videos, interviews, a self review framework, blog posts, and questions for discussion.



Words relating to all areas of the Ngā Toi curriculum have now been uploaded to the Paekupu website.

Paekupu was launched in 2016. It will contain the dictionaries related to the learning areas of Te Marautanga o Aotearoa.

Over the next couple of years dictionaries relating to other curriculum areas will be added starting with Te Reo Pāngarau later this year, Te Reo Matatini, and Te Reo Pūtaiao in 2018.

The long term goal is to include all the learning areas of the curriculum.

Te Whāriki has been updated


New Zealand’s early childhood curriculum Te Whāriki has been updated.

Te Whāriki, which has shaped early learning in New Zealand for the past 20 years, now better reflects the context of children’s lives in the 21st century as well as changes in early learning theory and practice. 

The updated Te Whāriki includes two documents in one flip book: 

Te Whāriki: He whāriki mātauranga mō ngā mokopuna o Aotearoa Early childhood curriculum and 

Te Whāriki a te Kōhanga Reo

Read Te Whāriki, and find supporting resources on the new Te Whāriki website.