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News of August 2019

Tapasā video resources


Go to the Tapasā resources section of the Teachers Council website for new Tapasā video resources.

Each video has conversation starters, supplementary resources, and subtitles to build teachers' confidence in using Tapasā to engage with Pacific learners.

The Quality Practice Template – Cross Sector Examples for a QPT using a Tapasā lens is also included.

Learning Support Study Awards and Scholarships


The Ministry of Education supports teachers and specialists to develop their skills in working with children and young people with additional learning needs.

The Ministry offers Learning Support study awards for teachers in early learning services and schools, as well as scholarships to support people undertaking specific specialist courses.

Applications are open for up to 180 Learning Support study awards.

These awards and scholarships help ensure the ongoing availability of a workforce with the appropriate specialist skills, knowledge, and qualifications to support children and young people with additional learning needs.

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Digital Readiness Programme | Kia Takatū ā-Matihiko


All schools and kura can access the Digital Readiness Programme | Kia Takatū ā-Matihiko to help them implement the new Digital Technologies and Hangarau Matihiko curriculum content into their school curriculum or marau-a-kura.

Visit the Kia Takatū ā-Matihiko website and register today.

You can choose to do online pīkau / toolkits, attend meetups around New Zealand, or take part in an online community of practice. There’s also an online Digital Leaders / Pā Pouahi course to support curriculum leaders with change management tips and ideas.

Voices of Young People report


The Voices of Young People report is available on the Kōrero Mātauranga website, along with other findings from last year’s Education Conversation | Kōrero Mātauranga.

Over 1,900 young people aged 5–18 gave their views to help shape the future of education in New Zealand.

Voices of Young People Report [PDF 749KB]

Voices of Young People Summary [PDF 300KB]

TeachNZ study awards, sabbaticals, and study support grants


Applications for study awards and study support grants for educators are now open for 2020.

More information, including the application deadlines for 2019, can be found on the TeachNZ website.

Awards for gifted learners or groups of learners, and learners with exceptional abilities


As part of the package of support for gifted education, submissions are open for the October round of awards for gifted learners.

The twice-yearly awards have three categories: early learning, primary, and secondary awards.

The awards are for learners or groups of learners who identify as gifted or have exceptional abilities.

They are designed to support learners to take part in something they’re really interested in, challenging and extending them and supporting their overall wellbeing.

Submissions opened on 26 July and close on 30 August. Awards will be announced on 31 October.

In the last round, a wide range of interests were supported including robotics, music, problem-solving, languages, and science research.

For more information, visit TKI's Gifted Learners website