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Treaty House, Waitangi.

Waitangi Day – how will you commemorate?


This resource page is packed with ideas and links to help you celebrate Waitangi Day with your students and the wider community. The page also provides support for schools to use the Treaty of Waitangi principle as a foundation of curriculum decision making. 

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NEW – Inclusive education guides for schools


This new website provides New Zealand educators with practical strategies, suggestions, and resources to support learners with diverse needs. The guides on this site are intended for educators who have students who may not be receiving specialist assistance and funding through Ministry of Education services, though the content will be useful when thinking about all students.

The guides available to date explore the following themes:

  • Universal Design for Learning (UDL)
  • Inclusive classroom culture
  • Making the curriculum accessible to all
  • Digital technologies
  • Autism spectrum disorder
  • Dyslexia.

More guides are to come in April 2015 on leadership, governance, assessment, bullying, behaviour, Māori and Pasifika students, IEPs, and teacher's aides.

Chinese dragon.

Celebrate Chinese New Year at your school


Chinese New Year takes place this year from 19 February. This resource page provides ideas and resources to help you plan programmes of learning around this significant event.

Te Whāriki cover image.

Advisory Group on Early Learning


The Minister of Education has established an Advisory Group on Early Learning. The group will consider ways to ensure a successful learning pathway for children from early childhood education through into the first years of school, and to strengthen the implementation of the early childhood education curriculum framework, Te Whāriki.

Students at a Māori graduation

Transitions blog


This blog post offers ideas, resources, and stories to help you ensure positive transitions for your students and their families.

Pomaria School sign.

Curriculum design and review at Pomaria School


This film is the first in a series, designed to share one school's journey of curriculum design and review. This first story outlines some of the changes that Pomaria School have introduced, including values teaching, coaching and mentoring, teacher inquiry, goal setting, and community workshops. A second film provides more detail about student goal setting and parent engagement.

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Help shape the future of TKI


Calling all educators! The Ministry of Education are working to understand the future of the TKI website (www.tki.org.nz) and they want to hear from you about what online content and tools you need to deliver the curriculum. The Ministry are working with PwC Optimal Experience who are a user experience company to develop a set of personas. In order to gather information, PwC will conduct a series of face-to-face and phone interviews with teachers. Be part of the future – use this online form to find further information and register your interest.

First World War inquiry guide.

NEW First World War teaching resource


This resource for Years 5-8 is the first in a series of inquiry guides in English, and resource packs in Māori, for Years 1-13 that are being produced. A high resolution version of this guide will be available in December, on the new First World War website which will hold all the resources as they become available throughout 2015.

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Investing in Educational Success


The Teacher-led Innovation Fund is now live. Teachers are able to apply for funding for research projects online.

The fund is part of the Investing in Educational Success programme and is designed to help teachers come up with and test new ways of raising educational achievement. $10m is available over the next four years.

More information on the Teacher-led Innovation Fund is available online or you can email IES.Team@minedu.govt.nz

TKI logo.

New website on TKI: Waitangi 175


A new website Waitangi 175 has been launched to commemorate 175 years since the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi next year. The site will enable teachers, principals, boards, and their communities to develop a range of teaching and learning programmes that can link to New Zealand's history, civics, citizenship, and nationhood. Schools will also be able to share what they are doing to commemorate the 175th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi.