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January 31, 2013

NZC Online Newsletter January 2013

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NZC Online Update – January 2013

Each month we bring you an email update with information, links, strategies, and school stories on
New Zealand Curriculum Online, Key Competencies Online, Senior Secondary Teaching and Learning Guides, and the Secondary Portal.

The NZC Online team would like to wish you all a Happy New Year. Here is a selection of curriculum resources to start off your new school year.

New stories

Claire Amos.

Teaching as inquiry at Epsom Girls Grammar
Claire Amos from Epsom Girls Grammar in Auckland explains the development of teaching as inquiry at her school. Claire outlines their initial process using teaching as inquiry to develop an e-learning action plan, explains how they reflected on the outcomes of this first cycle of inquiry, and refined the process to develop a teaching as inquiry plan to target key competencies.

Key competencies indicators – NEW SECTION !

The key competencies indicator tool helps schools audit their progress with integrating the five NZC key competencies into all learning programmes. The tool is composed of:

Rosemary Hipkins was interviewed about the indicator tool in the latest Education Gazette >>


Digital story – Growing the key competencies through the arts

Louise Field.

Louise Field from Somerville Intermediate highlights the importance of the arts curriculum area for growing the key competencies.


Research reports

Evaluation at a Glance: Transitions from Primary to Secondary School (published 10/12/2012)
This national report combines current research with findings from recent ERO reports about students’ transitions between and through schools. The report discusses the important pastoral care and learning support processes needed for successful transitions.

The Primary School Curriculum: Assimilation, Adaptation, Transformation (published 2012)
This report focuses on the implementation of the NZC in primary and intermediate schools. It looks at differences across the sector in terms of progress on implementation and includes discussion of how schools are prioritising different aspects of the NZC, shifts in classroom-based formative assessment, use of ICT to support school curriculum and the challenges of creating a curriculum to meet the learning needs of all students.

New resources

Passionfruit Magazine

This visual culture magazine for art students and visual culture consumers is produced by 17 senior visual art students in a pilot project at Fraser High School.

Michael Fullan on What Doesn’t Work in School Reform
Fullan summarises the key points from his paper, Choosing the Wrong Drivers for Whole System Reform, published in April 2011.

BES Examplars: Quality Teaching. Ngā Kete Raukura – Ngā Tauira: He Ako Reikura
Five new BES exemplars have been prepared. They illuminate highly effective teaching approaches that accelerate progress for diverse (all) learners in areas where improvement is needed.

Asia:NZ Online: NCEA teaching and learning resources
NCEA teaching and learning resources to support studies of Asia in schools for NCEA levels 1 and 2 in six subject areas.


L3 alignment of NCEA with the NZC completed
The three-stage alignment of the National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) with The New Zealand Curriculum (NZC) has been completed. NCEA levels 1 to 3 are now aligned to NZC levels 6 to 8.

Senior secondary teaching and learning guides
A new level 7 maths and stats activity – Fractals – has been added to the Mathematics and statistics (version 4) senior secondary curriculum guide.

Community engagement

Saga Frost.

A parent’s perspective
Saga Frost is a parent at Owairaka School in Auckland. She discusses what it is like to be a partner in the learning community at her school and reveals that she didn’t realise, until she got involved, how much she could impact her child’s learning. She challenges other parents to see themselves as someone who can add value, “You add value at home, you add value at your church, you can add value at your school as well”.

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