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Children's Commissioner.

Practical guides on school food programmes


Practical new guides for schools wishing to introduce food programmes have been released by the Children's Commissioner. The guidelines provide clear advice to schools and can be used by primary, intermediate, and secondary schools of all deciles and in all communities.

The Royal Society of New Zealand.

2014 International science opportunities for year 12 and 13 students


International opportunities are available for senior secondary students who are passionate about science: London International Youth Science Forum; USA International Space Camp; Youth ANZAAS, Melbourne. Students need to meet the required criteria, and applications must be received by 4pm Wednesday 26 March 2014. (A maximum of 3 applications per school for each of the opportunities is allowed.)

Students outside a wharenui.

A closer look at Ka Hikitia – Accelerating Success 2013-2017


Over the next few months NZC Online will feature a series of blogs about Ka Hikitia – Accelerating Success 2013–2017. The blog posts will look closely at different aspects of the Māori education strategy and provide questions, resources, and suggested actions for school leaders and kaiako.

This first blog post examines the principle of productive partnerships in closer detail. It explores what is meant by productive partnerships, provides questions for leaders and kaiako to consider, and includes links to inspirational school stories and resources. Developing productive partnerships with whānau, hapū, and iwi is a key focus of the content.

Ministry of Education logo.

Ministry Bulletin for School Leaders: Issue No 1 2014


The Ministry Bulletin for School Leaders | He pitopito kōrero was established to improve how Ministry information is communicated to the school sector. The bulletin will be sent to principals and board chairs fortnightly and will be published on the Ministry of Education website.

Lynne Silcock.

Success for all


Lynne Silcock from the Ministry of Education discusses how Universal Design for Learning theory and technology together can support success for all.

Summary report cover.

PISA 2012: New Zealand Summary Report


This summary report provides an overview of New Zealand results for mathematics, reading and science in an international context. In addition this report looks at the overall trends in New Zealand achievement for each of these subjects as well as for priority learners (Māori, Pasifika and low socio-economic students).

Key competencies, assessment and learning stories.

Key competencies, assessment and learning stories


A resource for teachers that answers some common questions about using learning stories, and sets out five workshops to encourage teachers to explore how learning stories can be used to assess key competencies.

Student with test tubes.

New resources to support science education


This section on Science Online presents new resources in three areas of dynamic change possibilities for science education in New Zealand schools in order to develop science capabilities for citizenship as stated in the New Zealand Curriculum. The Ministry of Education endorsed this work to support the ongoing implementation of the science learning area of NZC. The resources show how to weave the Nature of Science strand and the key competencies into science teaching and learning.

Three graduates.

Graduate profiles - a vision of future orientated learners


This blog post explains how schools and their communities are creating graduate profiles to share understandings of what a future oriented learner looks like. Learn how the graduate profile, or te āhua o ā tātou ākonga, is central to Te Marautanga o Aotearoa (the curriculum document that supports Māori medium levels 1 and 2), and see how some schools are using both The New Zealand Curriculum and Te Marautanga o Aoteoroa to guide teaching and learning. View a selection of graduate profiles from schools across New Zealand, and use the suggested discussion activity to consider what skills, knowledge, and attitudes your school graduates needs for their future.

Making it our curriculum.

Making it our curriculum


Learn how Matakohe school redesigned their curriculum document. Through consulting the community they now have something they call their own.



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