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Help to shape the future of learning


The Curriculum, Progress and Achievement Ministerial Advisory Group (MAG) wants to hear from educators, students, parents, whānau, iwi, and communities on its emerging ideas for making sure every child experiences rich opportunities to learn and progress in learning that matters.

The emerging ideas include developing records of learning that take a holistic view of student progress, growing partnerships with parents and whānau to support learning, and supporting the design of responsive local curriculum.

The ideas aim to ensure that all students in years 1 to 10 make progress in learning that is important for lifelong wellbeing, through a rich and engaging curriculum that is relevant to their local contexts.

Mary Chamberlain, Chair of the Curriculum, Progress and Achievement MAG, says the group wants to test the ideas with educators, learners, parents, whānau, communities, and iwi. “The more feedback we get, the more we can refine the ideas and the stronger they’ll become.”

Go to the Curriculum, Progress and Achievement section on the Education Conversation website to find out more or join the conversation.

Diwali - festival of lights


Diwali, also known as Deepavali, or the Festival of Lights, is a five day long Hindu celebration, beginning this year on 7 November.

This page from New Zealand Curriculum Online has ideas, suggestions, and resources to help you celebrate Diwali with your school and community, affirm students’ different cultural identities, and incorporate their cultural contexts into teaching and learning programmes.  

Curriculum research reports


Research reports published in 2018 to support The New Zealand Curriculum. 

Technology Online webinar: Digital Ignition| Māpura Matihiko 24 October, 3.45 pm – 4.45 pm

Technology Online webinar: Digital Ignition| Māpura Matihiko 24 October, 3.45 pm – 4.45 pm


Technology Online webinar: Digital Ignition| Māpura Matihiko

Wednesday, 24 October, 3.45 pm – 4.45 pm

Register here

Come along and hear the team from the Karrikins Group talk about how the Digital Ignition | Māpura Matihiko programme is engaging years 3–8 students in an innovative approach to digital technologies.

For more information about the Digital Ignition | Māpura Matihiko project, see Digital technologies professional supports – Digital Technology for All Equity Fund.

Updated Reading Recovery Application 2019


The Reading Recovery Application has been updated for 2019. 

Please complete and return your form via email to both your local Ministry office enquiries and your local Reading Recovery lead by Friday 16 November 2018.

TeachNZ scholarships


All TeachNZ Scholarships for 2019 are now open!

Find out which scholarship can support you on your path to being a great teacher and apply now online or by post.

Please complete your application by 26 October 2018 for it to be considered in the initial round of assessment.

You will be notified of your outcome by 29 November 2018.

You do not need to be enrolled in an approved teaching programme when applying for a scholarship, unless you are applying for a Kupe Scholarship, and part-time options are available. 

Please follow the links on the TeachNZ website to find out more about the scholarships available.

Full Digital Technologies and Hangarau Matihiko professional support suite available


To help you get ready to teach the digital technologies content as part of your local curriculum from 2020, the Ministry of Education encourages schools and kura to take advantage of the full professional development suite on offer now. 

There are options available for the different needs of all school staff – some teachers might opt for Digital Fluency PLD, whilst others might choose Tailored DT & HM PLD (note the next round of tailored DT & HM PLD closes 5 October).

A useful starting point is the self-review tool on the Digital Readiness Programme Kia Takatū ā-Matihiko website.

Kia Takatū ā-Matihiko includes experts and resources, face to face coaching sessions with digital technologies specialists, online toolkits, and videos to help teachers gain more confidence in delivering the new curriculum content.

Find out more....

Aromatawai and Reporting Guidance


For Kura and Māori Medium Settings

As part of the Ministry’s ongoing support for kura and Maori medium settings, we have developed Aromatawai and Reporting Guidance for Kura and Māori medium Settings

The new guidance material provides information to assist and enhance kaiako understanding of ākonga learning and success, and guidance on reporting ākonga progress and achievement. 

The new guidance material uses the principles of Rukuhia Rarangahia to provide a solid foundation to assist kaiako enhance their understanding of ako and the aromatawai approach. This will help kaiako to assess how well ākonga are learning, and to examine how well the kura is supporting the community’s aspirations. 

The Aromatawai and Reporting Guidance for Kura and Māori medium settings guidance document will be available from the start of term 4 at  http://tmoa.tki.org.nz/Mataiako/Rukuhia-Rarangahia

Tapasā - Cultural competencies framework for teachers of Pacific learners


Tapasā is a resource for all teachers of Pacific learners. It is designed to support teachers to become more culturally aware, confident and competent when engaging with Pacific learners and their parents, families and communities. It aims to contextualise quality teaching and planning within a Pacific learner setting by providing a Pacific lens to the Standards for the Teaching Profession and the Code of Professional Responsibility. 

Tapasā has been designed to help improve the way teachers and leaders engage with Pacific learners, and to an extent parents, families and their communities, to make the biggest difference in a child’s educational success. 

We encourage all schools with Pacific students to use Tapasā as a guide to help improve their way of communication and gain a deeper understanding of howTapasā works and how it applies to the teaching role in supporting Pacific students.

Tapasā will be officially launched by Minister Salesa on Friday 14 September at Otahuhu Primary.

Better understanding of Ready to Read and School Journal


In this article, Lift Education takes a look at Ready to Read and School Journal to help clarify understanding of these series. 

Find out about levelling criteria and process, reviews and changes that have been made in recent years, and some of the key principles that underpin the development of the series.