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ERO report: Inclusive practices for students with special needs in schools


This report examines how well students with special education needs are included in New Zealand schools. The summary highlights the key findings and includes school self-review questions on including students with special education needs.

Engaging with Māori Learners: a survey to help shape how we access, share and build knowledge together


This survey is for New Zealand schools. By completing it you'll be assisting the Ministry of Education to consider how best to share online content with schools and their families, whānau, hapū and Iwi communities, when relating to the vision of the Māori Education strategy Ka Hikitia – Accelerating Success 2013–2017, ‘Māori enjoying and achieving education success as Māori’.

The vision and guiding principles about this goal are described here.

The survey should take between 5-10 minutes to complete and presents 17 mostly multi-choice questions. There are also boxes where you can add comments. Your responses will remain anonymous and will be used to inform a set of recommendations for the Ministry to consider.

Please note that the survey closes on 16 March 2015

Thank you in advance your help—it is much appreciated. 

FIFA U20 World Cup: Football in Schools programme


FIFA U20 World Cup are offering a Football in Schools programme for Term Two 2015. The programme includes NZ Curriculum based learning and teaching resources for Years 1–8 and compliments current NZF Football in Schools Programmes.

All schools in the Host Cities (Whangarei, Auckland, Hamilton, New Plymouth, Wellington, Christchurch, and Dunedin) who register to use the programme will go into the draw to have children from their school on the pitch as Player Escorts.

For full details and to download the pack visit www.FIFA.com/nz2015/schools

Seaweek 28 February–8 March 2015


Seaweek is about exciting and inspiring all New Zealanders to renew their connections with the sea, and includes a wide range of events, activities, opportunities, competitions, and calls to action. See the Seaweek website for resourcesevents in your region, and more.

Level 4 Rich Learning Activities


These Level 4 learning activities are a collection of tasks with engaging contexts which include annotated student work to illustrate a range of approaches.

Top Outdoor Spot competition


The NZ Walking Access Commission’s 2015 Top Outdoor Spot competition offers NZ primary and intermediate schools and students the chance to win prizes by sending in photos, drawings, and creative descriptions of their favourite outdoor places. 

The competition is run from the Both Sides of the Fence educational website, and allows teachers to 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…

Story starters


This video resource is aimed at engaging and inspiring boys to write. It was developed for boys in years 5 to 8, with boys of that age helping to create the material. It includes story starter animations, and videos, and features well-known role models from around New Zealand talking about why they like writing and how they use it in their work.

Graphic novels


Two graphic novels, Arohanui: Revenge of the Fey. and Meariki: The Quest for Truth, are now available online in pdf format.

The books can also be ordered from Down the Back of the Chair and are part of the graphic novel series The Matawehi Fables.

NZ Maths: Take this


This collection of resources is based on the idea that you can 'take something' and use it as a context to capture the interest of students. Each Take This is a single page of springboard ideas designed to flexibly connect mathematics across the strands.

Find out more... 

Safer Internet Day


Safer Internet Day (SID) is a global event which is celebrated annually on the 10th of February. This year’s global theme is “Let’s create a better internet together” which acknowledges that a safe responsible use of digital technology is a shared responsibility. A number of Government and non-Government organisations across New Zealand are celebrating SID. 

To highlight SID the Ministry is promoting the release of a guide to schools called Digital Technology– safe and responsible use in schools. This guide was developed by Online Safety Advisory Group (previously Cyberbullying Advisory Group), a subgroup of the cross-sector Bullying Prevention Advisory Group (BPAG).   

More information about other activities supporting Safer Internet Day in New Zealand can be found here http://www.netsafe.org.nz/safer-internet-day/