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News of August 2017

Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) resource: Te Ao Tūroa


This recently released cross-curricular resource from MPI looks at how 3 key interrelated systems – animal welfare, biosecurity, and food – support our primary industries.

Learning experiences for levels 1–5 of The New Zealand Curriculum are contextualised into one or more of the key interrelated systems and link to the learning areas of health and physical education, science, social studies, and technology. 

ERO: Improvement in Action Te Ahu Whakamua videos for schools


Education Review Office (ERO) has released a series of online resources showcasing schools that are making a significant difference for their learners.  

This collection of videos and publications Improvement in Action | Te Ahu Whakamua shows aspects of practice that have been effective in improving learner outcomes in each school context, and is intended to support schools in their internal evaluation and improvement efforts.  

The videos capture the perspectives and voices of children and young people, parents, teachers and leaders, and bring to life ERO School Evaluation Indicators released last year.

Education Outside the Classroom (EOTC) Guidelines updated


The Education Outside the Classroom (EOTC) Guidelines – Bringing the Curriculum Alive have been updated to align with changes in legislation. 

Schools are encouraged to replace any printed copies of the old guidelines with the new updated version, and associated templates and sample forms. 

The EOTC safety management plan policy and procedures template, and sample forms will help schools refine their systems for EOTC management and meet their legal and good practice responsibilities.

The new tool kit contains 18 sample forms compared with 32 forms in the old kete.

Universal Design for Learning guide on Inclusive Education


The Universal Design for Learning (UDL) guide has been revised to include much more depth and many more practical illustrations of UDL in a NZ context. This guide will help teachers to:

  • flexibly design their classroom programme in ways that work for everyone
  • identify and proactively address any barriers to learning
  • realise the vision of the NZC and deliver on the principle of Inclusion
  • design respectful, inclusive environments where everyone is learning and achieving and diversity is seen as a source of strength.