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News of April 2016

New Zealand Sign Language Week, 9 –15 May 2016


New Zealand Sign Language Week takes place this year between 9 and 15 May. This resource page provides ideas and resources that teachers and students can use to get involved.

Workshops for middle leaders


National and regional workshops provide opportunities for middle leaders to come together to develop learning-focused communities. 

Key focus areas are supporting middle leaders with the NCEA standards alignment process; programme design; engaging students who are currently underachieving; and attending to the student learning area literacy and language needs, in the context of The New Zealand Curriculum.

The over-arching focus for this work is to raise achievement for all students and particularly for Māori and Pasifika students and those with special learning needs.

For details of regional workshops and in depth support in each learning area, and to enrol online, see this page .

Launch of Play.sport


Sport New Zealand (Sport NZ) has launched a new initiative aimed at supporting schools to deliver quality physical education (PE) and sport.

Play.sport is a multi-layered approach to the provision of PE and sport with hands on, practical support and training for teachers, schools, parents, and community organisations to improve the quality of the experience for young people.

Play.sport is currently available as a pilot in 41 schools in Upper Hutt and Waitakere.

Find out more from this Education Gazette article.

Māori-medium magazines


Everyday use of te reo Māori is being celebrated with a range of Māori-medium magazines available to primary and secondary students, teachers, and whānau.

This article from the Education Gazette profiles several magazines including Takatū Ake, a new publication that is available online at Te Kete Ipurangi.

These colourful magazines include fun activities and games, and cover topics and events that are of high interest to students.

Some provide the opportunity for students to contribute as writers.

Find out more....

Inclusive Practice and the School Curriculum


Inclusive Practice and the School Curriculum is an online resource for teachers and leaders in New Zealand English-medium school settings.

It has been developed to build professional knowledge and create a shared understanding of inclusive practice within the New Zealand Curriculum.

It is anticipated that providers of PLD will draw on the resource as they work in and with schools to develop effective and inclusive teaching and learning programmes.

Anzac Day resource page


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 support students to gain insights and understandings.

Latest Junior Journal and School Journal Story Library audio and TSMs available


Audio files and teacher support materials are now available on Literacy Online for Junior Journal 52 and School Journal Story Library 2016 texts Breathless and Diary of a Wild Boy.

LEARNZ: Where are We? – Navigating and Positioning on Sea, Land, and Air


On this virtual field trip with LEARNZ, starting 14 June 2016, you and your students will learn why maps matter and explore what 'location' really means to them while journeying on land, sea and air.

They will meet all sorts of people making careers out of using clever location-based tools and see what opportunities lie ahead for them.

Teachers are encouraged to register with LEARNZ and enrol in this Where are we? field trip to become part of the community of users and have full access to the interactive components of this trip.

Social Sciences: Geography Levels 6-8; Social Studies: Place and Environment Levels 2-5; Technology Levels 2-4.

Maintenance of the Vocational Pathways


To ensure that the Vocational Pathways remain current and relevant we are carrying out a minor update for 2016.

This means expired standards and qualifications can be removed and newly registered standards and qualifications can be considered for inclusion.

Submissions are being received for any proposed inclusion of standards and qualifications into the Vocational Pathways. 

You have until the 18th April to make a submission.

Find out more from this page on the Youth Guarantee website.