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News of February 2020

School Leavers’ Toolkit workshops


The University of Otago’s Education Support Services is providing a series of free nationwide workshops, on the Ministry of Education's behalf, introducing teachers, kaiako, schools and kura to the School Leavers’ Toolkit.

The toolkit aims to provide students with practical life skills including financial capability, civics education, key work place competencies, and personal wellbeing.

The workshops are for both English medium schools and Māori medium kura.

Attendance is free and catering will be provided.

Visit the Education Support Services website for workshop dates, locations, and enrolment details



The Paekupu website holds dictionaries relating to the learning areas in Te Marautanga o Aotearoa.

In recent weeks, approximately 1200 hangarau matihiko words have been added, bringing the total number of headwords close to 9000.

Four papakupu have been completed for Te Marautanga o Aotearoa wāhanga ako to date, these are: Pāngarau, Pūtaiao, Ngā Toi and Te Reo Matatini. The three remaining wāhanga ako that require development are Hangarau Matihiko, Tikanga ā-Iwi and Hauora – work to complete these other strands is ongoing.

 Webinar: Technology and integrating storytelling – Wednesday, 26 February, 3.45 pm – 4.45 pm

Webinar: Technology and integrating storytelling: Wednesday, 26 February, 3.45 pm – 4.45 pm


Come along and hear Lisa Byers, technology specialist at Maori Hill School, talk about how she planned and integrated the revised technology learning area and other learning areas in digital storytelling.

At the webinar, there will also be time for you to ask Lisa your questions.

Register here

Resource to support understanding of student progress and achievement across the curriculum


This resource, intended to be used in staff/syndicate meetings or individually, aims to support teachers to deepen their understanding of assessment for learning principles and practices in their classrooms, with a particular emphasis on measuring, responding to, and reporting progress and achievement across the curriculum.