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New Zealand Flag Consideration Project


While the New Zealand flag has changed before, it’s the first time in NZ history that the public have had a say in the design of a flag. 
As part of the Government’s public engagement process, from May 2015 schools will have the opportunity to participate by setting up their own referendums, and mirroring the national consideration and voting process.

For schools and kura that wish to participate, the New Zealand Flag Consideration Project will provide a range of resources aligned to the National Curriculum.  Schools/kura will be able to set up their own student panels to guide their processes. The panels will lead discussions in their schools on New Zealand’s identity and how a flag should reflect this.
Find out more........

High Country hi-tech – using drones, mobile maps, and other smart tools in remote NZ


Explore the richness and diversity of the NZ high country with this LEARNZ virtual field trip starting 12 May 2015. Meet people who are using technology in fascinating ways for work and leisure, and be in to win a computer tablet in the “Name the Drone” competition for students.

ANZAC day e-learning resources


A collection of New Zealand online resources to support learning and teaching about ANZAC day and the First World War centenary.

Upcoming OTJ workshops in reading and writing


Following the success of the Overall Teacher Judgment (OTJ) workshop series in 2014, the Ministry of Education is providing another series of OTJ workshops during 2015.

These workshops will again be facilitated through The Consortium for Professional Learning during terms two and three. 

These full day workshops will support teachers using National Standards to use quality moderation practices and make valid and reliable OTJs of student progress and achievement.

Find more information on the CPL website.

Workshops will be held in 39 areas across the country. Locations, dates and registration details will be available from the 17th April on the CPL website.

New resources available


The following books are being distributed to schools March 2015:

  • Junior Journal 50
  • School Journal Story Library Level 3 ("Bok Choy")
  • School Journal Story Library Level 4 (“Marcus Thomas – New Zealand Caveman”)

PDFs, teacher support material, and audio files to support these resources are now available online:

Virtual field trip – Geohazards: earthquakes, landslides, tsunami


LEARNZ Geohazards virtual field trip – 28-30 April 2015. Experts will take you to remote locations to help you better understand what causes natural disasters such as tsunami, earthquakes, and landslides, and how we can manage the risk. This trip fits well with big ideas such as hazards, community, our world, nature, self, New Zealand, and personal responsibility. This LEARNZ trip is the seventh in a series on geohazards that have included the Auckland volcanic field, Wellington, the Bay of Plenty, and the Canterbury earthquakes.
Find out how to enrol

Connected Learning Advisory – Te Ara Whītiki


The Ministry of Education's new Connected Learning Advisory, Te Ara Whītiki, is now available for state and state-integrated schools/kura seeking expert help in integrating digital technologies with learning.

Schools/kura are invited to to use the Connected Learning Advisory service and can find out more via this page in Enabling e-Learning on TKI. 

Complete the online form or ring the advisory phone line (0800 700 400) during business hours. Information is also available about the service in te reo Māori.

Submissions open - teaching practice and curriculum implementation consultation


The Advisory on Early Learning is running an online consultation to get your thoughts on current teaching practice and curriculum implementation for children from birth to eight years of age. Through the survey you can tell us what you are doing, what you would like to see done better, and how we can make this happen together. 

The Advisory is especially interested in hearing from:

  • teachers in early childhood, kōhanga reo, Pacific early childhood centres, schools, and kura
  • people involved in initial teacher education and teacher professional development programmes
  • education sector representative organisations.

This consultation is open now and will close on Tuesday 7 April 2015. It is available in English and Te Reo Māori.

Dyslexia Advocacy Week 16–22 March 2015


A key focus of Dyslexia Advocacy Week 2015 is on improving the dyslexic student's experience and achievements in New Zealand classrooms. The inclusive education guide on dyslexia and learning provides strategies to support students with dyslexia as well as whole-class strategies that benefit all students.

Anzac Day resource page


This year marks the 100 year anniversary of the Gallipoli campaign. You can use this Anzac Day resource page to help plan learning activities around this significant national day. The page offers a rich array of classroom ideas and links to resources to support students to gain insights into the First World War.