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Updated Reading Recovery Application 2019


The Reading Recovery Application has been updated for 2019. 

Please complete and return your form via email to both your local Ministry office enquiries and your local Reading Recovery lead by Friday 16 November 2018.

TeachNZ scholarships


All TeachNZ Scholarships for 2019 are now open!

Find out which scholarship can support you on your path to being a great teacher and apply now online or by post.

Please complete your application by 26 October 2018 for it to be considered in the initial round of assessment.

You will be notified of your outcome by 29 November 2018.

You do not need to be enrolled in an approved teaching programme when applying for a scholarship, unless you are applying for a Kupe Scholarship, and part-time options are available. 

Please follow the links on the TeachNZ website to find out more about the scholarships available.

Full Digital Technologies and Hangarau Matihiko professional support suite available


To help you get ready to teach the digital technologies content as part of your local curriculum from 2020, the Ministry of Education encourages schools and kura to take advantage of the full professional development suite on offer now. 

There are options available for the different needs of all school staff – some teachers might opt for Digital Fluency PLD, whilst others might choose Tailored DT & HM PLD (note the next round of tailored DT & HM PLD closes 5 October).

A useful starting point is the self-review tool on the Digital Readiness Programme Kia Takatū ā-Matihiko website.

Kia Takatū ā-Matihiko includes experts and resources, face to face coaching sessions with digital technologies specialists, online toolkits, and videos to help teachers gain more confidence in delivering the new curriculum content.

Find out more....

Aromatawai and Reporting Guidance


For Kura and Māori Medium Settings

As part of the Ministry’s ongoing support for kura and Maori medium settings, we have developed Aromatawai and Reporting Guidance for Kura and Māori medium Settings

The new guidance material provides information to assist and enhance kaiako understanding of ākonga learning and success, and guidance on reporting ākonga progress and achievement. 

The new guidance material uses the principles of Rukuhia Rarangahia to provide a solid foundation to assist kaiako enhance their understanding of ako and the aromatawai approach. This will help kaiako to assess how well ākonga are learning, and to examine how well the kura is supporting the community’s aspirations. 

The Aromatawai and Reporting Guidance for Kura and Māori medium settings guidance document will be available from the start of term 4 at  http://tmoa.tki.org.nz/Mataiako/Rukuhia-Rarangahia

Chinese Language Week 23–29 September 2018


New Zealand Chinese Language Week is an initiative aimed at encouraging New Zealanders to discover Chinese language and culture. 

This page from New Zealand Curriculum Online offers resources and stories to help you and your students get involved in New Zealand Chinese Language Week.

Includes useful links and ideas to support language learning and to explore Chinese culture.

Conservation Week 15–23 September 2018


Conservation Week is being held this year Monday 15 September–Sunday 23 September.

There are many events to take part in around New Zealand, organised by Department of Conservation (DOC), local businesses, and community groups.

DOC is also encouraging conservation activities you can do at home to help New Zealand’s biodiversity.

New Zealand Curriculum Online's resource page has links to teaching resources and more ideas for getting involved in this annual event.

Tapasā - Cultural competencies framework for teachers of Pacific learners


Tapasā is a resource for all teachers of Pacific learners. It is designed to support teachers to become more culturally aware, confident and competent when engaging with Pacific learners and their parents, families and communities. It aims to contextualise quality teaching and planning within a Pacific learner setting by providing a Pacific lens to the Standards for the Teaching Profession and the Code of Professional Responsibility. 

Tapasā has been designed to help improve the way teachers and leaders engage with Pacific learners, and to an extent parents, families and their communities, to make the biggest difference in a child’s educational success. 

We encourage all schools with Pacific students to use Tapasā as a guide to help improve their way of communication and gain a deeper understanding of howTapasā works and how it applies to the teaching role in supporting Pacific students.

Tapasā will be officially launched by Minister Salesa on Friday 14 September at Otahuhu Primary.

Te wiki o te reo Māori – Māori language week 2018


Te wiki o te reo Māori takes place this year between 10 and 16 September. 

'Kia Kaha te reo Māori' is the theme for this year’s Māori Language Week – ‘Let’s make the Māori language strong'.

This resource page from New Zealand Curriculum Online has ideas, links, and stories to help schools engage with their parents, families, and whānau to support the learning of te reo Māori in both the school and home environment.

Are you a provisionally certificated teacher (PCT) looking to progress to full certification?


The Education Council recently launched a new induction and mentoring programme, Tuakana Teina, which pairs experienced mentor teachers with provisionally certificated teachers (PCTs) who are unable to find a mentor at their own school or centre.

The aim of the initiative is to support PCTs towards full certification, where they may otherwise be unable to do so.

PCTs will receive support from a qualified mentor who will work with PCTs in their educational setting, at times that suit them.

Go to the Education Council website to find out more details, complete an application form, or email mentoring@educationcouncil.org.nz to lodge your interest in the Tuakana Teina programme.

Tongan Language Week / Uike Kātoanga’i ‘o e Lea Faka-Tonga 2–8 September 2018


Tongan Language Week / Uike Kātoanga’i ‘o e Lea Faka-Tonga is being held from Sunday 2 September – Saturday 8 September 2018.

This special week gives students of all ethnicities the chance to learn some basic lea faka-Tonga, and gives students who speak lea faka-Tonga the chance to be experts in the classroom.

New Zealand Curriculum Online suggests resources, ideas, and activities to help schools and communities celebrate the language and culture of Tonga.