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News of May 2015

Curriculum news and website highlights.

Evaluation Indicator Framework.

School Evaluation Indicators 2015 (Trial)


The School Evaluation Indicators identify six domains that have the most influence on improving student outcomes.  The new effective practice indicators reflect new research and evidence about what really works to achieve equity and excellence. 

An online survey is available to gather feedback on the trial document.


NEW Cultural Diversity Blog


This blog focuses on creating a classroom and school environment that is inclusive of, and responsive to, cultural diversity – as guided by the cultural diversity principle. The blog offers a survey, reflective questions, and examples of effective practice, to help you think about ways that you can effectively cater for cultural diversity in your school.

 Rae Si’ilata.

Cultural Diversity - NEW section on NZC Online


This new section on NZC Online draws together research, digital resources, and examples to support schools as they consider the cultural diversity principle.

Literacy online image.

New School Journals in May


This month schools will receive three School Journals – one at each of the levels 2, 3, and 4.

PDFs of all texts, teacher support materials, and audio support for the level 2 journal are available from Literacy online


Accelerated English Language Learning


The Ministry has a new online ESOL programme available to intermediate and secondary schools who have students who are new learners of the English language.

This programme on the VLN is designed to accelerate English language learning  to help students in years 7–13 catch up to their peers as quickly as possible. Schools who are new to ESOL students and who do not have established ESOL departments or ESOL teachers will find this resource invaluable. 

If you would like more information, please contact Ruthanne Kennedy, eprincipal@ellinz.vln.school.nz

Tapa cloth.

Samoan language week


Samoan language week takes place this year between 24 and 30 May. This resource page offers ideas and resources to help you get involved.

The New Zealand Flag – Your chance to decide.

The New Zealand flag - your chance to decide


New Zealanders have the chance to decide in the upcoming flag referendums - whether to keep the existing flag or choose a new design.

This resource in English and te reo Māori is designed to help teachers, leaders, students, and whānau as they engage with the flag consideration process in their school community. 

Within the resource there are links to The New Zealand Curriculum, resources to help explore personal and national identity, and ideas to guide the replication of the referendum process within your school.

The resource caters for students from years 1–10 and can be adapted to suit the learners in your classroom.