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News of February 2020

Review of Achievement Standards (RAS) – Provisional NCEA Level 1 Subject List


The Ministry of Education invites feedback on the proposed subject list for NCEA Level 1 as part of the Review of Achievement Standards (RAS) project.

Any interested individuals, whānau, and groups including teachers, parents, students, subject associations, industry organisations, the Māori community and the Pasifika community are invited to respond to an online questionnaire that should take approximately 5-10 minutes to complete.  

This is an opportunity to have your say on what Level 1 subjects will be supported by the Ministry, and it will help the Ministry to identify whether there are any aspects of the provisional Level 1 subjects that require further attention. 

Find out more, and start the questionnaire...

NCEA review: Changes to strengthen NCEA confirmed


The final change package to strengthen NCEA has been confirmed following a comprehensive review of NCEA and the announcement of seven changes in May 2019. 

See the Ministry’s press release.

There are two changes to the original proposed package and they relate to strengthening NCEA’s literacy and numeracy requirements.

Details and timings for the implementation of the changes will be confirmed in May 2020. 

To ensure schools and teachers have time and support to lead the changes to NCEA, no changes will be implemented until 2021.

However, work has already begun to progress the changes.

Find out more...

Professional Learning and Development (PLD)


The Ministry of Education’s Professional Learning and Development (PLD) website provides information on Ministry-funded PLD for schools, kura, Kāhui Ako, and clusters. 

The new online PLD application system replaces the previous PLD Journal spreadsheet.

You can now develop and submit your term 1 2020 PLD proposals online.

To find more information on how to access and apply for PLD, go to Apply for PLD.  

All support materials for the online PLD application system can be found in Help and user guides

This is the first of three releases. Once each release is live, the Ministry will be checking to ensure the system works smoothly.

If you identify any issues, please let the Ministry know by emailing pld.enquiries@education.govt.nz

Seaweek – Kaupapa Moana – 28 February to 8 March 2020


Seaweek – Kaupapa Moana 2020 takes place from 29 February to 8 March. This year the theme is "Connecting With Our Seas". 

Schools can get involved in a range of activities, opportunities, competitions, and action to enable their students and wider community to connect with our seas. 

New Zealand Curriculum Online suggests ideas, activities, and resource material for classroom programmes and school-wide activities.

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.