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News of December 2018

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.


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