Virtual School Meanderings

August 5, 2019

VLNP Publication

An item for my Kiwi readers.

Kia ora whanau

We feature in an article in the latest Ako Journal.

Thought you might like to see :)

Proud of the difference we are all making for learners around the country!

Thanks Kath & Lorraine for speaking to the NZEI writer.

Ngā mihi

Rachel Whalley


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Please note that I am a member of the Governance Group for this e-learning cluster.

July 8, 2019

New Zealand – Proposed Technical Changes To The Education Act Regarding Online Learning

An item that may be of interest to my Kiwi readers.

Tēnā koe,

As you may know, the Government intends to replace both the Education Acts 1964 and 1989 with new legislation through an Education and Training Bill (the Bill). The Bill will consolidate, restructure and update material from the Education Acts 1989 and 1964. It will also implement the proposed reforms identified through the education work programme to date.

We are proposing to use the Bill to make technical changes by updating language to recognise developments in technology, and the impact this has had on teaching. We also want to make it easier for schools to work together using digital technologies to broaden learning opportunities for students.

We know that there are other issues associated with distance education that would not be fixed by these proposed law changes. At a later date, we will work with you to better understand these other issues, and how to better support the use of distance education in the education system.

Updating the language in our education law

Legislation would be amended to replace the term “correspondence education” with the term “distance education.”

This change would better reflect current practice which has changed as digital technologies have developed and evolved. While distance education may use some element of correspondence, it also includes a range of additional learning tools such as online classrooms, video and study groups.

Making it easier for multiple Boards of Trustees to work together

Under the current legislation, two boards may agree in writing for one board to acquire materials for, and supply them to, the other and / or to do work for the other.

We propose amending the legislation to allow multiple boards to enter into one agreement to work together (such as an agreement to operate as a Virtual Learning Network).

We are seeking your views on the proposed change, before the Government makes a decision on including it in a Bill.

Recognising that schools can collaborate together to deliver learning online

Under the current legislation, a student enrolled at a State school may receive education at, or from, another specified school, subject to the board of trustees’ agreement.

We propose amending legislation to clarify that this includes education resources offered online or delivered using digital technologies.

How to have your say

Please email any feedback you have on these proposals to by 18 July. We would also be happy to arrange a phone call or skype conference to discuss this proposal, so please let us know if you would like us to do so.

Feedback will inform advice to the Minister on final proposals that would be submitted to Cabinet and, if approved, would be reflected in the wording of proposed new education legislation. Feedback and documents associated with the engagement process meet the definition of official information, and are therefore subject to the Official Information Act 1982.

Ngā mihi,


Ben O’Meara
Group Manager, System and Schooling Policy,
Education System Policy

July 7, 2019

Term 2 Update 2019

One for my Kiwi readers to begin their week.


Please note that I am a member of the Governance Group for this e-learning cluster.

June 23, 2019

Virtual Learning Network Community Is Celebrating Its 25th Anniversary This Year

This item scrolled through my Twitter stream the other day and I thought it might be a good entry to begin the week for my Kiwi readers.

The direct link to the blog entry referenced in the tweet is:

I’m quite looking forward to watching the recordings of the interviews.

June 17, 2019

June Update 2019

One for my Kiwi readers.


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