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News of May 2018

The future of NCEA – join the conversation


Education should give every New Zealander the freedom and opportunity to be the best they can be. The National Certificates of Educational Achievement (NCEA) were introduced into secondary schools over 15 years ago, and are a widely respected qualification both in New Zealand and internationally.

This year, as part of the Education Conversation or Kōrero Mātauranga, New Zealanders have a powerful opportunity to explore ways to strengthen NCEA.

Earlier this year, the Minister of Education chose a group of independent and innovative leaders from a range of backgrounds to develop 6 "Big Opportunities" for how NCEA could be improved. These ideas are intended to provoke, inspire, and encourage healthy conversations about the future of NCEA.

Over the next few months the Government want to hear from you. They want anyone to have their say on how they experienced NCEA, and how it could be an even better qualification. What do you like about it and what do you dislike? What do you think about the 6 Big Opportunities?

It’s really important that the thoughts and ideas of everyone are captured – parents, students, teachers, whānau, iwi, employers, youth groups, tertiary educators, community groups, and organisations. Everybody can have their say through a quick online survey.

Those who want to make a more detailed contribution can participate in workshops, focus groups, hui, fono, or complete a longer survey or make a written submission.

There’s also a student voice NCEA "Make your Mark" competition for kids aged between 5–20 years old.

There are over $35,000 in prizes or grants up for grabs – #NCEAMakeYourMark.

Jump onto social media too, and start talking online – use the hashtags #NCEAReview, #NCEAHaveYourSay, #EdConvo18.

You can find out more about the big opportunities, and where, when, and how to get involved, and fill in the surveys by going to www.conversation.education.govt.nz/ncea.

Updates to progress tool launched

Updates to progress tool launched


As part of the wider focus on understanding and supporting all students to progress and achieve against the curriculum, the Ministry of Education has today launched redeveloped versions of the Progress and Consistency Tool (PaCT).

The PaCT tool helps teachers and kaiako to understand student progress against the Learning Progression Frameworks.

The changes align judgements to all five levels of the curriculum for The New Zealand Curriculum. Those familiar with PaCT will know that previously it was aligned to National Standards.

As this will be an optional setting for 2018, teachers can continue to view results against National Standards if they wish. 

The updated tool has been extended to include curriculum level 5 of The New Zealand Curriculum. This change will provide benefits to teachers and kaiako of students in Years 9 and 10, as well as provide a pathway view across Years 1 to 10, which will be particularly helpful for Kahui Ako.

Further information

To support teachers and kaiako using the Progress and Consistency Tool to achieve the maximum benefits for teaching and learning, the Ministry will be offering professional development throughout 2018. Find out more: PaCT and LPF support – Consortium for Professional Learning website

Using the Progress and Consistency Tool (PaCT) – PaCT information website

Kaiako in Māori medium settings may be interested in the Te Waharoa Ararau (TWA) – information website

Samoan Language Week 27 May–2 June 2018


Samoan Language Week / Vaiaso o le Gagana Sāmoa is being held this year from Sunday 27 May to Saturday 2 June. The theme for this year is: “Alofa atu nei. Alofa mai taeao – Kindness given. Kindness gained”. 

This page from New Zealand Curriculum Online has a rich selection of links to resources and ideas, events and activities to help students learn Samoan language and explore Samoan culture.

Technology Online webinar: Getting started with the learning progressions for digital technologies in primary


Register now for this Technology Online webinar: Getting started with the learning progressions for digital technologies in primary

Wednesday, 30 May, 3.45 pm – 4.45 pm

Come along and hear Phillipa Dick (Hatch Education), Rebecca Allnutt (Maori Hill School), and Lisa Dixon (Balmacewen Intermediate) discuss the progress they are making together on their digital technologies programmes.

There will also be time for a question and answer section.

Register here

Play Your Best Card


The Health Promotion Agency has produced a team-based card game for young people that aims to inspire critical thinking and encourage conversation about challenges that are going on for them right now, or that they might encounter in the future.

It encourages them to explore practical ways of dealing with situations as well as raising awareness of youth organisations that they can reach out to. 

Play Your Best Card was co-designed with teens, secondary school teachers, and youth facilitators.

A free copy of the game was sent to high schools in May.

Find out more and watch the video...

Change coming for PaCT and TWA users

Change coming for PaCT and TWA users


If your school uses the Progress and Consistency Tool (PaCT) or Te Waharoa Ararau (TWA) you will soon have the option to have your settings aligned to the National Curriculum as opposed to National Standards and Ngā Whanaketanga Rumaki Māori.

On 28 May, updated versions of the PaCT and TWA tools will be released. The changes will align judgements to all five levels of the curriculum for The New Zealand Curriculum and Te Marautanga O Aotearoa respectively.

This enhancement is part of how the Ministry is supporting teachers, kaiako, and education leaders with tools to help all students progress and achieve against the curriculum.

More information is available on the Ministry of Education's website: Enhancements planned for the tools that help teachers and kaiako understand student progress

Consumer protection school resources - Years 11 and 12


Resources to support Year 11 (NCEA Level 1) and Year 12 (NCEA level 2) have been added to the suite of Consumer Protection school resources.

Find out more...

Science Learning Hub - resources with te reo Māori


The Science Learning Hub has a small selection of resources that have been translated into te reo Māori, and a number of resources that are part te reo Māori and part English.

If you’re looking for resources with Māori content – such as mātauranga Māori or kaitiakitanga – go to Resources with Māori content.

Primary Science Week 14th–18th May 2018


The New Zealand Association of Primary Science Educators website has suggestions, resources, helpful websites, and competitions to help schools take part in Primary Science Week.

The theme for this year's Primary Science Week is Eco-Champions.

New Zealand Music Month May 2018


Music month provides an opportunity to highlight New Zealand music and support students' musical talents at your school.

It also provides a useful context for students to develop understandings in several learning areas. 

This NZ Curriculum Online resource page is packed with ideas on how you can celebrate New Zealand Music Month with your students and communities.