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Recovery and wellbeing advice after the Christchurch attack


A collection of wellbeing resources developed to support the response and recovery following the 15 March incident in Christchurch is now available in one place on the Ministry of Education's website, for schools to share with their community as needed.

Digital technologies questions and answers


On this page you can find answers to the most common questions educators have been asking about digital technologies within the revised technology learning area.

What"s changed? How do we get started? How do we continue? What's mandated?

Kia Takatū ā-Matihiko Digital Readiness – free workshops


Kia Takatū ā-Matihiko will be in your region offering free workshops to support teachers, kaiako, and leaders to better understand and implement the revised DT & HM curricula content.

Find out more and register at https://ahikaroa.kiatakatu.ac.nz/ 

Support in the wake of Christchurch

Support in the wake of Christchurch


Tips for parents and educators: Supporting children and young people

In the wake of Friday’s shocking event in Christchurch, the Ministry of Education is providing support to schools, kura, and early learning services. This is a really tough time for New Zealanders and it is critical our children and young people get the support and care they need as they return to schools and other learning institutions. We also need to look after our teachers and staff.

The Ministry is very focused on Christchurch but we know children and young people around the country have been impacted by Friday’s events and we are ensuring everyone is provided with the support they need.

Tips for parents and educators on supporting conversations with children and young people have been circulated to all New Zealand schools and early learning services and can be found on the Ministry's website

Other Ministry resources that focus on resilience and diversity

Curriculum in Action: Change loss and grief 

This resource helps students develop knowledge, understanding, and skills to support themselves and others in times of stress and loss. 

School Journal Story Library: Home: Stories from New New Zealanders 

Students share memories of what life was like in the countries where they were born and discuss what it has been like adjusting to life in New Zealand.

Resilience and mental health resources provided by other organisations

My FRIENDS Youth Resilience Programme

This aims to help students in years 7–11 become confident, lifelong learners. It has been shown to help build students’ resilience – their ability to overcome anxiety and cope with difficult and challenging situations. 

Mental health education and hauora: Teaching interpersonal skills, resilience, and wellbeing

This NZCER resource supports teaching children and young people about mental health, wellbeing, resilience, and interpersonal skills.

Common Ground 

Common Ground helps adults to support young people in years 1–13 to manage hard times and enjoy happier lives. It includes tips on how to get help, initiate difficult conversations with young people, and identify a young person in need of help.

Strengthening Local Curriculum Design workshops


As part of a wider programme of support for schools and kura to develop their own local curriculum, two-hour regionally based workshops are being organised for interested kura and schools during March, April, and May this year.

These workshops are targeted at principals and curriculum leads and are available for English-medium and dual-medium (NZ Curriculum focus), or for Māori-medium (TMoA focus).

Please note that there are limited spaces available so we encourage you to register as soon as possible.

Register for a workshop

Webinar: Using Scratch in the primary classroom


When: 10 April, 3.45-4.45 pm

In this webinar we share practical examples and discuss the implications for coding using block code with links to other text-based programming languages.

There will be an opportunity for you try this yourself on your device or computer.

New support package for gifted learners


The Associate Education Minister has announced a new $1.27 million package of support for gifted education including:

  • funding for one-day schools 
  • a programme of events, experiences, and opportunities specifically for gifted learners
  • strengthened guidance for teachers and kaiako
  • expansion of online learning modules

Read the press release...

Seaweek – Kaupapa Moana 2019 – Saturday 2 to Sunday 10 March


Seaweek – Kaupapa Moana 2019 will take place from Saturday 2 to Sunday 10 March 2019.

The theme will be “Tiakina o Tātou Mōana – Care for our Seas”.

Seaweek comprises a wide range of events, activities, opportunities, competitions, and calls to action.

Find out what is happening in your region for Seaweek 2019 by checking the What’s On pages of the Seaweek website.

 Events will be uploaded as they are received.

Go to the Resources section of the Seaweek website to find out about the range of resources available.

CensusAtSchool launches on March 4 2019


CensusAtSchool charts children’s views of their own lives and is taking place across New Zealand and the Cook Islands from March 4. 

Known in te reo Māori as TataurangaKiTeKura Aotearoa, CensusAtSchool New Zealand is a biennial, non-profit, online educational project that aims to bring statistics to life in both English and Māori-medium classrooms.

Students from years 5-13 anonymously answer 30 questions in English or te reo Māori,

This year, children are asked about issues such as climate change, the amount of time they spend on digital devices, and how they handle interpersonal issues.

Find out how to take part...

Teachers register here...

Rights: Now! Engaging with children on matters that affect them


The Office of the Children’s Commissioner has released a resource to help children in New Zealand primary schools know their rights, specifically their right to have a
say, and to participate and be heard on issues that affect them. 

It also supports teachers to take a child-led approach to children’s rights.

Rights: Now! includes lesson plans, hands on activities, background information, and a child friendly “Children’s Convention” poster explaining each of their rights.