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News of January 2009

Curriculum news and website highlights.

Two students singing.

Te reo Māori at Three Kings School

01/12/09

Three Kings School has a commitment to implementing programmes that include the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi and to the teaching and learning of te reo me ōna tikanga Māori.

Watch this school story >>

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Three secondary students.

Senior secondary guides

30/11/09

The New Zealand curriculum guides - Senior secondary is the home of the teaching and learning guides for senior secondary subjects. These guides have been designed to help teachers create quality teaching and learning programmes. They are adjuncts to The New Zealand Curriculum and should be understood as resources rather than syllabuses or prescriptions.

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Wellington Girls’ College deputy principal, Anne Coster.

Professional learning groups at Wellington Girls' College

23/11/09

Teachers at Wellington Girls' College work in learning groups for professional development that relates to the school's annual goals. All teachers belong to a cross curriculum learning group. Go to Wellington Girls' College school story page >>

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Students waving at the camera.

Curriculum change at Weber School

18/11/09

Principal, Chrissie Beetham, talks us through her approach to leading curriculum change and the myriad of ways the school involves the community in student learning. They have a very successful programme that engages not only their immediate school community but also community members with no direct link to the school. We also showcase inquiry learning at this school where inquiry truly has become 'just the way we do things around here' rather than a teaching approach.

Inquiry learning at Weber School
Leading change at Weber School
Engaging with the community at Weber School

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Introducing Taihape Area School

18/11/09

Introducing Taihape Area School tells the story of school leaders, teachers, students, and parents/whānau/iwi at Taihape Area School who have partnered to undertake an extensive programme of change.

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Education counts

School leadership and student outcomes: Identifying what works and why best evidence synthesis

12/11/09

The big finding of the BES is that when school leaders promote and/or participate in effective teacher professional learning this has twice the impact on student outcomes across a school than any other leadership activity.

Read or download the BES on the Education Counts website

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Mary Chamberlain

New Zealand Curriculum update 2

09/11/09

This New Zealand Curriculum update supports using the National Standards with the New Zealand Curriculum. There is an introduction by Mary Chamberlain, the revised National Administration Guidelines (NAGs) for easy reference, and a timeline to help guide implementation and use of the National Standards in schools.

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Young girl with her mother and father.

Home-school partnerships

05/11/09

Visit Home-school partnerships online for information, guidance, and resources to support schools in developing and building on their home–school partnerships. It also has specific information related to the National Standards and reporting to parents, family and whānau.

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Curriculum implementation exploratory studies: final report

27/10/09

This final report provides an overview of the findings from the Curriculum Implementation Exploratory Studies (CIES) project.

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National Standards.

National Standards

23/10/09

National Standards come into effect in English-medium schools with pupils in years 1 to 8 in 2010. The standards set clear expectations for students in reading, writing and mathematics in the first eight years at school. The National Standards are also available online on this website.

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