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News of November 2016

Professional learning and development – what happens now?


The Ministry of Education has redesigned how it supports Communities of Learning / Kāhui Ako, schools and kura through centrally funded professional learning and development (PLD).

Community of Learning / Kāhui Ako, schools and kura can now put together proposals for PLD support, have them assessed by a panel based in their local area and, if they are successful, choose the PLD facilitator whom they think will best suit their own context.

This Education Gazette article answers some frequently asked questions about PLD in 2017.

School traffic safety team manual updated


The School Traffic Safety Team Manual is the guide for New Zealand schools operating

  • school patrols
  • school wardens
  • bus wardens.

The manual was revised in October 2016.

The manual can be downloaded as a PDF file and all of the chapters are available to read online.

Supporting documents can also be found on this page.

Te Whāriki update consultation


New Zealand's early childhood curriculum, Te Whāriki, is being updated.

You are invited to help shape the update of the curriculum through a series of nationwide hui and by giving your feedback online.

Information about the consultation can be found here and feedback can be completed online until consultation closes at 5pm on 16 December.

Prime Minister's Education Excellence Awards 2017


The Prime Minister's Education Excellence Awards 2017 are now open for entries.

The awards recognise and celebrate outstanding achievements in early childhood education, primary, and secondary schooling.

There are four award categories, and an additional Education Focus prize for an innovative use of digital technologies that meets the aspirations of students, their whānau and communities, and achieves improved outcomes for children and young people.

Entries close at 4:00pm, Friday 17 March 2017.

If you have any questions about your entry visit the FAQs page.

LEARNZ Free Virtual Field Trips 2017


A variety of LEARNZ virtual field trips is planned for 2017 with themes of conservation, music, voyaging, civil defence, mapping, geohazards, sustainability, and much more.

Check out the new field trips for 2017 on the LEARNZ field trip chooser at www2.learnz.org.nz/core-fieldtrips.php

New online guide to help schools plan innovative learning environments


Education Minister Hekia Parata has welcomed the release of an online guide, Planning an inclusive learning environment to help schools plan new builds and building modifications that meet the needs of all students.

“This is a very useful and comprehensive resource. It takes schools through all the components they need to think about when planning a new learning environment,” says Ms Parata.

“New Zealand is diverse and every child has different learning needs. Each one of them deserves to feel included and valued at school. This guide will help principals, teachers and boards of trustees to take into account the different needs of students when planning innovative and inclusive learning environments.”

More information on Enabling e-Learning »

Getting the best e-asTTle experience during the current peak period


As November is the peak period of use for e-asTTle, we would like to advise you how to get the best experience for your students. 

In the days before your students actually sit the test:

  • Ensure all your students are loaded into e-asTTle
  • Do not load .ast files between 9:00am–3:00pm
  • Prepare early by creating and assign testing before the date required
  • Print off student logins the day before testing

On the day of testing:

  •  Consider testing students in the afternoon. The number of students sitting tests tends to be lower in the afternoon.  
  •  If you or your students have an issue, in the first instance clear your browser history, then click on link for e-asTTle FAQ's or e-asTTle Help

Webinar – Using digital technologies to support learning in senior secondary


This free webinar aims to share ideas, resources, and stories that are based on current practice in NZ secondary schools with a focus on how digital technologies can extend and enhance learning in the NCEA years.

It aims to dispel some myths about the use of technology in teaching, learning, and assessment and share some examples of innovative practice that are already occurring in NZ schools.

When: 15:45 - 16:45, 3 Nov 2016

Venue: Online - Adobe Connect

Register: Please register using the form on this page

Diwali - festival of lights


Diwali, also known as Deepavali, or the Festival of Lights, signifies the triumph of light over darkness, good over evil, and renewal of life.

Millions of Hindus around the world, including those in New Zealand, celebrate Diwali with gifts, lights, fireworks, and special meals. Major public festivals, along with private and family celebrations, mark Diwali in New Zealand.

This page from NZ Curriculum Online has many ideas and links to resources for acknowledging and celebrating Diwali in your school and community.