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News of 2014

Curriculum news and website highlights.

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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.

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Transitions blog


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

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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.

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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

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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.


Conservation Week 2014 November 1-9


Tou rourou, toku rourou, ka ora te Iwi.

With your contribution, and my contribution, we will thrive

Capture your students' natural curiosity about the world they live in, and raise awareness about Aotearoa/New Zealand, by involving them in this year’s Conservation Week, using the resources and learning experiences from this resource page. This week is all about getting out and discovering the conservation areas that are just outside your door.

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Tokelau Language Week/Te Vaiaho o te Gagana Tokelau


Tokelau Language Week/Te Vaiaho o te Gagana Tokelau takes place this year from Sunday 26 October to Saturday 1 November. This page outlines links to The New Zealand Curriculum, gathers together resources, and more. 

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Fund for Asian languages


If you are interested in teaching second language learning of three Asian languages you now have access to a $10 million contestable fund to support you. 
The three languages to be funded are Mandarin Chinese, Japanese and Korean. To be considered for funding, you need to register your interest by 20 November, 2014. If the school is considered eligible, you will be invited to submit a proposal by late February next year. 

Further details available online.