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Cyber Skills Aotearoa


At a special launch event hosted by Naenae College, Grok Academy and CORE Education introduced Cyber Skills Aotearoa, a programme to develop cyber security skills and dispositions in ākonga in Years 6-13. The programme provides free resources and support to teachers. Cyber Skills Aotearoa opens with CyberComp - an online competition designed to take around 45 minutes. CyberComp will be open between 27 October and 11 November 2022.

Cybersecurity posters and other offline activities are also available to help students learn about information security. In 2023 free online courses will be released that will delve into cybersecurity topics in more detail. The resources are available in both English and Māori Medium.

Teachers can register their students for CyberComp now and can also request sets of professionally printed cyber cards - a useful classroom resource to engage students in rich discussions about online privacy and security.

For more information visit Cyber Skills Aotearoa at Grok Academy

ANZH curriculum content cards


This video shows a Kāhui Ako working with a facilitator to plan for teaching and learning ANZH in the social sciences. It offers guidance to help teachers and school leaders use the cards effectively to plan together.

Literacy & Communication and Maths Strategy.

Literacy & Communication and Maths Strategy


Te Poutāhū | Curriculum Centre is strengthening our education system to ensure it consistently delivers equity and excellence for our children and young people. That means working towards a system where all ākonga can experience success, secure in their identities, languages, cultures, and values; and where kaiako feel confident and are well-supported in their practice. As part of that process, the Literacy & Communication and Maths Strategy and its accompanying Action Plans have been developed for the early learning and schooling pathway.

The Literacy & Communication and Maths Action Plans identify the changes needed to make the Strategy’s vision a reality over the coming years. The actions have been informed by evidence and developed in collaboration with kaiako, whānau, communities, and iwi, and that collaboration will continue as work on the actions progresses. This includes making sure that the Action Plans align with and advance work already underway to support our ākonga and kaiako, including the refresh of The New Zealand Curriculum, the development of practice and progress tools for Te Whāriki, and changes to strengthen literacy and numeracy in NCEA.

For more information, including Action Plans and Roadmap visit: Ministry of Education: Literacy & Communication and Maths Strategy

If you have any further questions, please email –  Literacy.Communication.Maths@education.govt.nz 

Nelly in Aotearoa


Nelly the kuaka | godwit travels to Aotearoa New Zealand.

In four episodes, especially developed for years 1–3 learners, Nelly explores different aspects of Aotearoa New Zealand’s histories.

Use the videos with your students and the teaching support material for guidance and activities to help you link each video to your classroom context.

Literacy & Communication and Maths Strategy addresses inequities


Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga | Ministry of Education is strengthening the national curricula and resources and supports for their implementation so that every child and young person’s progress and achievement is responded to and they can celebrate success in their learning. As part of that, the Literacy & Communication and Maths Strategy which includes numeracy and statistics has been developed for the early learning and schooling pathway.

Literacy and communication, and numeracy are foundational skills, necessary for accessing learning in each curriculum area. The evidence is clear, however, that our system is not yet supporting all children and young people to succeed in literacy and communication, and maths. The Literacy & Communication and Maths Strategy seeks to address persistent inequities in the system and declines in achievement in some groups.

The strategy draws on a range of research and evidence, alongside conversations with groups and individuals from the education sector and wider communities, with a particular focus on learners that evidence shows us are least well served by our system.

The development of a range of supports is signalled, including updated guides for teaching and learning. In response to feedback from teachers that they want more leadership, guidance, and support to achieve this, the development of a range of connected resources, guidance and tools is signalled in the form of a common practice model.  This will be developed in collaboration with the sector and the wider education community.

Coupled with NZC refresh, the Literacy & Communication and Maths Strategy calls out a system shift to make literacy and numeracy clear and explicit, so that all teachers are supported to be effective teachers of literacy and communication and maths. It also aligns with and supports the NCEA Change Programme and advances recommendations in the Early Learning Action Plan for Te Whāriki. It sits alongside the redesign of Te Marautanga o Aotearoa.

We know about the challenges the COVID-19 situation is creating for our educators, and for our ākonga and their whanau, but it’s important to have visibility of what will be happening and the resources that are being developed to support teachers and kaiako.

The strategy doesn’t change the overall direction for curriculum already established through the national curriculum refresh and early learning action plan, and progressing everything in the strategy will take time. Detailed plans are coming which will set out how the strategic actions indicated in the strategy will be progressed.

For more information check out this link: Literacy & Communication and Maths Strategy

If you have any further questions, please email: Literacy.Communication.Maths@education.govt.nz 

Aotearoa NZ's histories content and resources launch


From 2023, Aotearoa New Zealand’s histories and Te Takanga o Te Wā will be taught in all schools and kura. 

Aotearoa New Zealand’s histories sits within social sciences in The New Zealand Curriculum. It is part of the social sciences learning area because it encourages ākonga to be critical citizens - learning about the past to understand the present and prepare for the future.

Aotearoa New Zealand’s histories final content and resources can be found on the Aotearoa NZ's histories website.

Ā Mātou Kōrero | Our Stories series now available


A collection of stories celebrating the Muslim communities in Aotearoa New Zealand are now available.

Welcome Home, Open day at the Mosque, Ko wai au? – Who am I?, together with the previously launched Aya and the Butterfly, can be downloaded as a PDF or an audiobook for free.

The stories are part of Ā Mātou Kōrero | Our Stories series, which are designed to support understanding of the Kiwi Muslim community. They were developed in partnership with the Islamic Women’s Council of New Zealand (IWCNZ). The idea came about in the wake of the Christchurch attacks in March 2019.

The books cater to children in early learning and Years 1-3, and align with Te Whariki and The New Zealand Curriculum. Early learning services and primary schools will receive print copies of the books. The printed books also include Aya and the Butterfly in Arabic version. The TKI webpage also includes a teaching guide to assist conversations with learners.

Ā Mātou Kōrero | Our Stories series

Applications for Creatives in Schools Round 3 – closed 20 August


Applications are now open for the third round of the Creatives in Schools programme, where teachers and kaiako will partner with creative professionals to provide engaging learning experiences for students and ākonga.

The programme provides funding of up to $17,000 per project. Round 3 will fund up to 117 projects to run in 2022.
Creative projects are not limited to visual arts, dance, drama and music. The programme is open to other artforms such as filmmaking, game design, fashion design, spoken word, Pacific arts, and ngā toi Māori such as raranga, whakairo and more.
Schools and kura can also directly liaise with creative practitioners in their own community, to plan a project together and apply for funding. Applications close on Friday 20 August 2021. If you need further assistance, email CreativesinSchools@education.govt.nz.
The programme is delivered by Ministry of Education, in partnership with Manatū Taonga Ministry for Culture and Heritage and Creative New Zealand.

Aotearoa New Zealand’s histories books for schools – orders close Friday 25 June 2021


To promote Aotearoa New Zealand’s histories, the Ministry of Education is offering schools and kura up to $200 worth of high-quality history books for their libraries. 

Principals/Tumuaki can place an order for up to $200 worth of books from a list on Down the Back of the Chair. They may nominate another staff member, such as a school librarian, to place the order on their behalf.

The last day for orders is Friday, 25 June 2021. 

Orders will be distributed from June 2021. Schools that have not received their orders by the end of July 2021 can contact us at orders@thechair.minedu.govt.nz or on 0800 660 662.

Reflecting on grief, love and hope with Aya and the Butterfly storybook


Aya and the Butterfly is a new picture book to help children come to terms with grief, cope with change, and build resilience. An online version is now available to early childhood and primary school aged children across Aotearoa New Zealand.

The book is written by Dr Maysoon Salama who lost her beloved son, Atta, in the mosque attacks. Dr Salama said she wrote this story for her granddaughter (Aya) and for other children dealing with loss and trauma.

"Aya’s father’s death is implied, but this is not the story’s focus, and children do not need to know how it happened. They do need to know that sometimes we have to say goodbye to the people and the things we love the most. In the face of such overwhelming loss, we must allow ourselves to remember and feel sad, but we must also learn to let go and keep going. There is hope," says Dr Salama.

Islamic Women's Council logo

Aya and the Butterfly is part of a four-book series designed to support, reflect, and celebrate the Muslim community in Aotearoa New Zealand. It has been developed with the Islamic Women’s Council and published by the Ministry of Education through Lift Education.

"The book joins part of a growing collection of learning resources that reflect the diverse culture and perspectives of children and young people across Aotearoa New Zealand," says Ministry of Education Deputy Secretary Early Learning and Student Achievement, Ellen MacGregor-Reid.

"The book is accompanied by a teaching guide to assist with conversations with learners around the topics of grief and loss, and the cycle of life in general. We thank Dr Salama for trusting us with her story and enabling us to share it widely to all learners."

The online book can be downloaded for free from NZC Online | Ā Mātou Kōrero – Our Stories. It will be available in English and Arabic.

Print copies of the book will be delivered to early learning services and schools during term four 2021.