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Universal Design for Learning in action


A blog in three parts, describing teachers' experiences with Universal Design for Learning, or UDL, a framework that helps teachers recognise and minimise barriers to learning, and create more flexible and inclusive teaching environments. 


NEW Teaching as Inquiry


All ready for the beginning of school is our NEW Teaching as Inquiry package. It outlines practical steps that you can take when inquiring into your teaching practice. The package offers tools for inquiry, useful resources and research, and school stories that show inquiry journeys undertaken by New Zealand teachers from a variety of schools.

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Celebrate Chinese New Year


Chinese New Year takes place this year from Monday 8 February. This resource page provides ideas and resources to help you plan programmes of learning around this significant event.

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Treaty of Waitangi resource page


Our Treaty of Waitangi resource page is packed with ideas, stories, useful links, and inspiration to help you celebrate Waitangi Day with your students and school community this year.  We also offer guidance on how you can can use the Treaty of Waitangi principle as a foundation for curriculum decision making.


2016 Prime Minister’s Education Excellence Awards


Take stock of your journey and see where it might take you next

The 2016 Prime Minister’s Education Excellence Awards are now open for entry.

The Prime Minister's Education Excellence Awards recognise and celebrate outstanding achievements in early childhood education, primary and secondary schooling. Entries close at 5:00pm, Friday 18 March 2016.

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Online ESOL support for schools


The Ministry has an online ESOL programme available for schools who have students in years 7–10 who are new learners of the English language. It is called Accelerated English Language Learning or ACCELL.

This programme on the VLN is designed to accelerate English language learning to support these students in their mainstream classes.

Schools who are new to ESOL students and who do not have established ESOL departments or ESOL teachers will find this resource invaluable.

For more information about ACCELL, see ESOL Online.

If you would like to discuss the programme, please contact Ruthanne Kennedy, eprincipal@ellinz.vln.school.nz

Internal evaluation to lift student achievement.

New support for schools to use internal evaluation to lift student achievement


ERO/MoE resources to support schools, teachers, and learners.

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Conservation Week


Conservation Week starts on Sunday 1 November 2015. This year's theme is Healthy Nature Healthy People.

This resource page provides resources and classroom ideas for you to use to help capture your students' natural curiosity about the world they live in.


Gagana Tokelau Language Week 2015


Tokelau Language Week/Te Vaiaho o te Gagana Tokelau takes place this year from Sunday 25 October to Saturday 31 October.  This year's theme is: Totō hau tōkiga nei, auā na tupulaga e fāi mai - Plant a seed today, for our future generations. This resource page gives ideas and resources for promoting and celebrating this week with your school community.

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Secondary newsletters for term 4 now available


Term 4 e-newsletters for secondary middle leaders are now available. These newsletters offer effective teaching strategies, useful links for resources and exemplars, links to relevant readings, plus information about upcoming regional workshops and cluster sessions.



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