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What’s the Plan, Stan?


The Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management has relaunched What’s the Plan Stan?, a guide for teaching emergency preparedness in primary classrooms. 

The resource explores six impacts students may face in an emergency event and how they can prepare for an emergency situation.

Tokelau Language Week Te Vaiaho o te Gagana Tokelau 23–29 October 2016


This year Vaiaho o te Gagana Tokelau (Tokelau Language Week) will run from 23 October to 29 October.

This resource page from New Zealand Curriculum Online has ideas and activities to help you celebrate and nurture the language and culture of Tokelau in your classroom and school community.

Improvements to NCEA student app


Find out from this Education Gazette article about the recently enhanced NCEA student app.

The app has new features including specific assessment information and dates, and is available in English and te reo Māori.

The NCEA student app complements the NCEA guide app, for parents and employers, which was launched by NZQA in 2014. 

The apps, which are both free, are available from the iTunes and Google Play stores, along with a range of other student apps.
NZQA encourages students to look at all available options and choose the one that best meets their needs.
More information about both apps can be found on the NZQA website.

LIVE Webinar: NZQA update on digital exams


Steve Bargh will be presenting a free webinar that looks at digitising external assessments with regard to:

  • NZQA journey to date
  • Schools currently trialing digital assessment
  • Outcomes and feedback so far from trials
  • Where to from here for the future

When: 15:45 - 16:45, 26 Oct 2016

Venue: Adobe Connect

Register, and find out how to join the webinar on this page.

Vagahau Niue Language Week


This year Niue Language Week runs from Sunday 16 October 2016 and will end on Saturday 22 October with Niue Constitution Day.

The theme for this year’s Niue Language Week is ‘Ponataki, Tukutaula ke Mauokafua e Vagahau Niue’, which translates into ‘Bind, Anchor to Firmly Uphold the Vagahau Niue’.

This resource page offers ideas and resources to help you celebrate Vagahau Niue Language Week with your students and school community.

DualPathways secondary-tertiary Pilot


The Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment, and the Minister of Education, recently announced DualPathways – a new secondary-tertiary pilot that will run from 2017.

Applications close on 10 October 2016.

DualPathways builds on sector feedback about the Secondary-Tertiary Programme (STP) Pilot, a smaller pilot that finishes in December 2016.

From 2017, the DualPathways Pilot will help students achieve qualifications at Levels 2 and 3 and help them move into employment or further education. About 1200 places will be available nationally next year, and 1500 places in 2018.

DualPathways programmes will be developed through partnerships between schools and tertiary education providers. Industry training organisations can also be involved by linking with a tertiary provider.

DualPathways students will be enrolled part-time in secondary school and part-time in either tertiary education or industry training.

Schools who want to take part in the DualPathways Pilot in 2017 should contact local tertiary providers to discuss programme opportunities.

If a school doesn’t have existing relationships with tertiary providers, Ministry of Education Secondary-Tertiary Leads (click on the region you require to gain their name and contact details) can provide contact details and facilitate discussions and engagement.

Go to information on the DualPathways Pilot on the TEC website .

Email dualpathways.pilot@education.govt.nz with any questions. The answers will be posted on the TEC website .

For more information about the media release, go to the DualPathways Pilot on the Beehive website .

New Ready to Read resources


Teacher support material (TSM) and audio files are now online for five new Ready to Read titles:



New Zealand Birds (including audio file with bird calls)


Hannah's Bike

T-shirts from Nana


Swimming lessons

Special education study awards and scholarships – apply now


Applications are open for special education study awards and scholarships.

Find out about the specific details of each study award and scholarship, including:

  • application dates
  • what the scholarships and awards offer
  • criteria for applying
  • applying online

by going to the Ministry of Education's website

Apply now for Reading Recovery 2017


If you are interested in applying for Reading Recovery support, updated forms are now online on NZ Curriculum Online.

The final date for applications is the end of term 3 2016, 23 September 2016.

Tihei Pāngarau: Te Ahumoni, Taumata 4, e-ako 1


This is the first in a series of digital interactive learning modules relating to Financial Capability. It is part of the Tihei Pāngarau family of learning resource materials, is targetted at level 4 of the curriculum, and includes learning about:

  • needs and wants;
  • the place of money for a family to secure their needs and wants;
  • the various pathways that individuals and families receive income;
  • financial decisions around saving and spending.

The module includes aspects of Financial Capability relating to both mathematics and social studies, as well as being illustrated through proverb and story.