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Student voice: Enabling student leadership, agency, and voice

12/12/2018

Student Voice, from Bullying-Free NZ, sets out the importance of student voice in finding solutions to bullying, and promoting good practice in student participation.

It includes a guide for schools, promoting good practice in student participation, agency and voice, and ideas for putting student leadership, agency, and voice into practice.

For more bullying prevention tools and resources go to the Bullying-Free NZ website.

VLN Primary School - Online Programmes

3/12/2018

Registrations are invited from schools wishing to participate in the VLN Primary School in 2019.

There is a wide range of online language programmes available, as well as extension maths, literacy, digital technology, astronomy, visual arts, web design, life skills, health, and Over the Back Fence Project.

All NZ children are welcome to learn with the VLN Primary - Nau Mai, Haere Mai!
Find out more and register your interest online or contact primary@vln.school.nz with queries.

Local curriculum package of support for 2019

2/12/2018

Throughout this year, the Ministry of Education has heard that schools and kura want to focus on local curriculum – both design and review.

In recognition that a range of leadership, teacher, and kaiako capability already exists on local curriculum practice, the Ministry is responding to this feedback by providing a package of support on local curriculum in early 2019 including workshops with teacher-release time, guidance, and tools. 

Go to New Zealand Curriculum Online for more information about the workshops, application process, curriculum support guidance, and tools.

Please note that the workshop spaces are limited and expressions of interest must be made by the end of the 2018 school year.

Tapasā Expert Teacher fono shares expertise and knowledge

Tapasā Expert Teacher fono shares expertise and knowledge

2/12/2018

The implementation plan for Tapasā is a step closer following the second Expert Teacher Group fono in Wellington on 16 November 2018.

Building on the themes from the October fono, the group used talanoa discussion to understand how Ngā Turu (competencies) forming the basis of the framework relate to teaching practice in their current teaching positions, and how they can support non-Pacific colleagues to implement Tapasā.

The implementation plan will create opportunities for participation by all teachers of Pacific learners. It will focus on:

·        The creation of a cohesive suite of professional learning resources to give life to Tapasā

·        The development of strategies for socialising the framework in a way that is engaging, 
         meaningful and digestible, and

·        How to use Tapasā as a lens through which to view Code and Standards for the Teaching 
         Profession in teaching practice and appraisal processes.

The implementation plan will be finalised at the next Expert Teacher fono on 24 January 2019, and key dates will be announced shortly afterwards.

For more information, visit the Teaching Council’s website.

Curriculum, Progress, and Achievement update

Curriculum, Progress, and Achievement update

22/11/2018

Curriculum support guide

This guide will present the most useful resources and tools available to support teaching and learning through quality local curriculum design, assessment and aromatawai practices, and reporting to students, parents, and whānau.

Available on New Zealand Curriculum Online from January 22 2019, and will be sent directly to schools from 28 January.

Facilitated support

From Term 1 in 2019, in all regions, there will be facilitated workshop support for schools to develop local curriculum – more updates to come on this.

Focus on the January teacher-only day

The Ministry is suggesting that school leaders use the guidance material to aid discussions with staff on their chosen area of focus at their January teacher only day, and at planning days throughout the year.

Reminder: Feedback on the Curriculum, Progress and Achievement Ministerial Advisory Group’s emerging ideas closes on 30 November. We will update the sector on this work in early 2019.

NZTA education portal : Case studies of teaching and learning

20/11/2018

Find out how teachers integrate road safety and the transport system as contexts for the New Zealand Curriculum.

These stories and videos cover student inquiries, design projects, presentations and other curriculum-aligned experiences in various year levels and learning areas.

Includes primary and secondary school levels.

Pasifika dual language resources receive SunPix Pacific Peoples Award

16/11/2018

The Ministry of Education has won a SunPix Pacific Peoples Award for Pacific Service Excellence for its dual-language literacy resources available on Literacy Online. 

The resources were developed to support the early language and literacy learning of Pasifika new entrant students in English-medium classrooms by presenting texts in both English and the languages of the Pacific.

The resources support Samoan, Tongan, Niuean, Tokelauan, and Cook Islands Māori, and include PDF's of texts in both languages, and audio material.

Dual-language parent and teacher support material is also available, including professional development videos.

Digital Technologies and Hangarau Matihiko learning – Resources on the curriculum change

5/11/2018

This web page from the Ministry of Education has a range of factsheets and posters to download and print, research reports, and resources on how to teach the Digital Technologies Hangarau Matihiko curriculum content.

NCEA Review – End of public engagement

29/10/2018

 On 27 May, the Minister of Education, Hon Chris Hipkins, launched the NCEA Review to the public and asked New Zealanders to have their say on the future of NCEA. The public engagement phase has just closed almost five months later on 19 October.

We asked all New Zealanders to share their views and experiences of NCEA – the challenges, the successes, what they like, and what we can do better. We wanted to make sure that everyone’s voice has been heard.

We have seen a phenomenal amount of interest and engagement, with conversations about NCEA happening all across the country from many diverse voices. Thank you to everyone who has participated.

Over 16,000 people engaged directly in the NCEA Review, with 8,058 filling in a survey or detailed submission. Approximately 8,000 people attended a workshop, meeting, hui, fono, focus group, in-depth interview or debate.

Read more about the public engagement on NCEA

Help to shape the future of learning

26/10/2018

The Curriculum, Progress and Achievement Ministerial Advisory Group (MAG) wants to hear from educators, students, parents, whānau, iwi, and communities on its emerging ideas for making sure every child experiences rich opportunities to learn and progress in learning that matters.

The emerging ideas include developing records of learning that take a holistic view of student progress, growing partnerships with parents and whānau to support learning, and supporting the design of responsive local curriculum.

The ideas aim to ensure that all students in years 1 to 10 make progress in learning that is important for lifelong wellbeing, through a rich and engaging curriculum that is relevant to their local contexts.

Mary Chamberlain, Chair of the Curriculum, Progress and Achievement MAG, says the group wants to test the ideas with educators, learners, parents, whānau, communities, and iwi. “The more feedback we get, the more we can refine the ideas and the stronger they’ll become.”

Go to the Curriculum, Progress and Achievement section on the Education Conversation website to find out more or join the conversation.


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