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News of December 2020

Professional support for early literacy coming in 2021


Professional support will be available in 2021 and 2022 for literacy specialists and Years 1 to 3 teachers, with an initial focus on new entrant and Year 1 teachers.

The Better Start Literacy Approach | Te Ara Reo Matatini (BSLA) professional support will be delivered by the University of Canterbury. The BSLA is an integrated approach to developing vocabulary, oral, listening, spelling, writing and reading skills in the first year of learning, utilising the Ready to Read Phonics Plus texts. It focuses on the link between spoken and written language, systematically supporting children’s phonological and phonic awareness, letter-sound knowledge and oral language.

In January we will be inviting schools, Kāhui Ako and clusters to apply for professional support for new entrant and Year 1 teachers, along with a nominated literacy specialist, through our PLD website. Literacy specialists include RTLits, Kāhui AKo Cross-community Leads, School Literacy Leads, Learning Support Coordinators and RTLBs with a strong literacy background.

More information will be published in Literacy Online, in the Education Gazette and the Bulletin for School Leaders early in 2021.



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It aims to empower people in and of the Pacific Islands, enabling them to explore, discover and view thousands of items held in museums, libraries, galleries, and collections around the world and to celebrate the rich and diverse cultures of the Pacific. It includes images, objects, video, audio, text, and maps.

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Draft NCEA literacy and numeracy standards – have your say


The Ministry of Education is seeking feedback on the draft English-medium literacy and numeracy assessment standards and supporting materials developed as part of the NCEA change package.
The standards will guide design of the external assessments that will be used to assess the literacy and numeracy standards as a co-requisite to the NCEA qualification from 2023.
There is an online feedback form and an overview of the consultation process on the Ministry's Consultation Hub. The feedback form will be there until 18 December 2020.

Your feedback will be used to refine the draft standards and supporting resources, in preparation for a planned pilot in Terms 3 and 4 of the 2021 school year.