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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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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.

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Ka Hikitia in Action


Ka Hikitia in Action showcases the critical role parents, whānau and communities play in helping their children to learn. It illustrates that Māori educational success can be achieved when communities, iwi, schools, early learning centres, or the Ministry work in collaboration – mahi tahi.

An online copy of this publication is available to download.

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Secondary Teachers' Study Support Grant


A Secondary School Teachers’ Study Support Grant is a time allowance available to a teacher, providing the opportunity to undertake study and/or research while continuing to teach. 2015 applications are now open.

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International Languages Week


Sunday, 17 August to Saturday, 23 August
This special week provides an opportunity to showcase and promote languages and culture in your school; helping students develop knowledge, skills, and values that equip them for living in a world of diversity. 

This resource page provides a collection of ideas, links, and stories to support your involvement in International Languages Week.

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Maths Week


Maths Week runs from 11 – 15 August 2014. Maths Week is a national event organised by the New Zealand Association of Mathematics Teachers (NZAMT) to promote mathematics in New Zealand schools. The Maths Week website contains free resources for teachers, along with activities and competitions for students of all ages.

Image sourced from the Maths Week website

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Cook Islands Language Week: 4 - 10 August


Kia orāna! Cook Islands Language Week / Te 'Epetoma o te Reo Kūki Airani takes place this year from 4 August to 10 August. This resource page provides ideas, resources, and inspiration to help you learn and celebrate the Cook Islands Māori language with your school community.

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Celebrate Matariki at your school


The pre-dawn rise of Matariki can be seen in the last days of May or early June every year. By celebrating Matariki at your school you can bring a range of NZC principles to life. Students can explore values, develop key competencies, and examine social science concepts. This resource page provides ideas and resources that teachers and students can use to get involved.

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One more look at Ka Hikitia – Accelerating Success 2013–2017


This third and final blog post in the Ka Hikitia series is an interview with Wharehoka Wano, Kaihautū Māori at CORE, who shares his views about the strategy and offers practical advice.

Whare discusses the principle of ako – a two-way teaching and learning process, and emphasises the importance of identity, language, and culture. He concludes the interview by challenging schools to engage with Māori students and their communities, and take action to accelerate Māori achievement.

The blog post includes guiding questions and links to related resources to help schools consider what actions they will take to bring life to the Māori education strategy.

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E-book launch to celebrate New Zealand Sign Language Week


The Ministry of Education, in collaboration with Deaf Aotearoa, have launched six new e-books, from the Ready to Read series, to celebrate New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) Week. These apps are available on iTunes (for Apple devices) or GooglePlay (for Android devices) and are free to download.