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News of June 2018

Assessing and reporting progress and achievement – guidance for schools and kura


Schools and kura are no longer required to use National Standards and Ngā Whanaketanga Rumaki Māori for assessing and reporting on progress and achievement in literacy and numeracy.

The National Administration Guidelines (NAGs) have been revised to reflect the requirement for schools to report on both progress and achievement across the breadth of the curriculum.

Updated guidance for schools using The New Zealand Curriculum is available through Assessment Online.

For kura and Māori medium settings working with Te Marautanga o Aotearoa, the Ministry is continuing to provide guidance on how to use Te Waharoa Ararau to support the collation of student progress and achievement information for reporting.

Advice on aromatawai and reporting, and support for using Tu Rangatira to guide aromatawai and reporting, is available on the Te Waharoa Ararau page on TKI.

VLN Primary School - Online Programmes


Registrations are invited from schools wishing to participate in the VLN Primary School in Term 3 & 4.

There is a wide range of online language programmes including Te Reo Māori and Kapa Haka. Also extension maths, astronomy, visual arts, STEM, computer programming, web design, future planning - 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.



Matariki is the Māori name for a group of stars known as the Pleiades star cluster.

The Māori New Year is marked by the rise of this star cluster and the sighting of the next new moon.

Matariki is generally seen as an important time to celebrate the earth and show respect for the land, acknowledge those who have passed away and plan for the year ahead. 

Matariki is an opportunity for Māori communities to share their stories and culture with other New Zealanders, and many events and activities are planned throughout the country. 

This page from New Zealand Curriculum Online highlights many different ways you can celebrate Matariki with your students and the wider community.

2019 Teacher Study Awards, Study Support Grants, and Sabbaticals


Information about 2019 study awards, sabbaticals, and study support grants is now available.

You could complete a qualification, take time off each week to study while teaching, move to another curriculum or subject area, or take time off to research a topic of interest.

Application dates and criteria can differ for each award type. 

To find out about the opening and closing dates for the 2019 awards go to the  Table of 2019 Study Awards, Sabbaticals and Study Support Grants.

A practical guide to assessment and reporting


New pages have been developed on Assessment Online to assist schools with assessment and reporting in the post National Standards era. 

The guide includes reviewing your school's assessment systems, measuring progress across the curriculum, making teacher judgments on progress and achievement, and school stories about approaches to assessment.