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Secondary newsletters for term 1 now available


Term 1 e-newsletters for secondary middle leaders are now available. These newsletters offer effective teaching strategies, useful links for resources and exemplars, links to relevant readings, and information about upcoming regional workshops and cluster sessions.

Kia Eke Panuku


Kia Eke Panuku: Building on Success is a professional development school reform initiative currently operating in 94 secondary schools from Kaitaia to Invercargill. The kaupapa of Kia Eke Panuku is:

Secondary schools give life to Ka Hikitia and address the aspirations of Māori communities by supporting Māori students to pursue their potential.

A consortium led by the University of Waikato, and including Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi and the University of Auckland, is delivering a PLD model that builds on the understandings gained from five previous programmes: Te Kotahitanga; He Kākano; the Starpath Project for Tertiary Participation and Success and the Secondary Literacy and Numeracy Projects.

For information about the programme and access to a range of resources go to the Kia Eke Panuku website

Wellbeing tools for schools and young people


This Education Gazette article focuses on programmes and tools that are available for schools to support and enhance the wellbeing of their students.

The article also has links to online tools for students, their friends, parents, and whānau.

Know your copy-rights!


Find out from this Education Gazette article about new resources from Creative Commons Aotearoa NZ that include a new video and handbook to help teachers with Creative Commons licensing of teaching resources, and some basic copyright facts. You can download the handbook for free, and you can watch the video here.

e-asTTle enhancements for online testing


e-asTTle has been made easier to use in 2016. These changes will mean that students can take tests and view their reports on a wider range of devices, including larger tablets.
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Top Outdoor Spot competition


The New Zealand Walking Access Commission’s 2016 Top Outdoor Spot competition offers NZ primary and intermediate schools and students the chance to win great prizes by sending in photos, drawings, and creative descriptions of their favourite outdoor places.

The competition is being run from the Both Sides of the Fence educational website from 1 February to 8 May 2016. Teachers can combine Social Sciences, English, and EOTC learning with the Both Sides of the Fence message of responsible behaviour in the outdoors, considering different people’s viewpoints and valuing the outdoors.

Find out more…

Online ESOL Support for Schools – Accelerated English Language Learning (ACCELL)


The Ministry of Education has an online ESOL programme available for schools who have students in years 7–10 who are new learners of the English language.

This programme on the Virtual Learning Network (VLN) is designed to accelerate English language learning  to support these students in their mainstream classes.

Schools who are new to ESOL students and who do not have established ESOL departments or ESOL teachers will find this resource invaluable.

For more information about ACCELL, see ESOL Online.

If you would like to discuss the programme, please contact Ruthanne Kennedy, ruthanne.kennedy@accell.school.nz

Assessment Online Newsletter – PLD resources


Find out about Assessment Online PLD resources to use in your school in the latest newsletter from Assessment Online.