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Information, resources and guidance, to support secondary teaching and learning.

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The 2016 Secondary Teacher Census is open until Friday 22 April at teacherscount.education.govt.nz

Principals have been sent information packs for their secondary school teachers to complete the census.
This census is designed to reveal trends and provide insights about New Zealand’s secondary teaching profession. This information will help the education sector, including teacher education providers, to meet the needs of students.

For example, it may show secondary school teachers which specialities will be most valued in the future, and help them plan their career and further professional development.
If you have taught in a secondary school at any time since the beginning of 2013, you are able to participate in the census.
If you have any questions, please email: info@teacherscount.education.govt.nz

Maintenance of the Vocational Pathways

To ensure that the Vocational Pathways remain current and relevant we are carrying out a minor update for 2016. This means expired standards and qualifications can be removed and newly registered standards and qualifications can be considered for inclusion. There will also be consideration of any submissions we have received proposing the inclusion of registered standards or qualifications that are not currently in an appropriate pathway. You have until the 18th April to make a submission, providing details of the specific standards or qualifications, pathway(s) to be considered for and reasons for inclusion. Submissions should be emailed to Vocational.pathways@education.govt.nz.

Creative Industries Award results for 2014

The Ministry has provided schools with the 2014 Vocational Pathways Awards achieved by the 1997 birth cohort for the Creative Industries Pathway.

Changes to Creative Industries at level 2

Reduced to provide greater alignment with the other five pathways.

Online ESOL support for schools

The Ministry has an online ESOL programme available for schools who have students in years 7–10 who are new learners of the English language. It is called Accelerated English Language Learning or ACCELL.

This programme on the VLN is designed to accelerate English language learning to support these students in their mainstream classes.

Schools who are new to ESOL students and who do not have established ESOL departments or ESOL teachers will find this resource invaluable.

For more information about ACCELL, see ESOL Online.

If you would like to discuss the programme, please contact Ruthanne Kennedy, eprincipal@ellinz.vln.school.nz

Secondary essentials

Secondary middle leaders

Information, tools, and resources to support secondary middle leaders.

Secondary PLD

Secondary student achievement initiative for English medium schools.

Senior Secondary Guides

A series of Curriculum Guides to help design quality teaching and learning programmes.


New and updated NCEA support material and internal assessment resources.


Broad information covering NCEA standards and resources.

Te Mangōroa

A portal to stories, reports, statistics, and reviews that support Māori learners achieve education success as Māori.

Te Tere Auraki

Four projects that support Maori students' success in English-medium schools.

Engaging Māori students

Setting goals, priorities, actions, targets and outcomes to ensure Māori youth are present, engaged and achieving at secondary level.

Transitions and pathways

Vocational pathways

Vocational pathways provide a clear framework for vocational options, and assistance in programme planning. 

Career Education and Guidance in New Zealand Schools

Advice and support on providing effective career education and guidance in years 7 to 13.

Secondary students and school leavers – Education and training

Career information to help students at school, or for those making decisions about leaving.

Career Services rapaura – Career education in practice

A practical handbook to help schools manage and develop their career education programmes.

A Study of Students' Transition from Primary to Secondary Schooling

Learning workers: Young New Zealanders and early career development

Media gallery

Developing a financial literacy programme for year 9 and 10

Mary Kerrigan, HOD Business, discusses the financial literacy programme at Aorere College, which is being created in consultation with the Commission for Financial Capability (formerly the Commission for Financial Literacy and Retirement Income) to provide students with information about income, spending, budgeting, and wise financial management for the future.

The modules are developed with links to other NZ Curriculum learning areas, and will be uploaded to the Commission’s website for every school in New Zealand to download and deliver in their schools.


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Exam preparation resources from NZQA

The NZQA website has resources designed to provide students with all the information they need for upcoming exams. A specific page for students and whānau is available that contains study tips, timetables, and examination rules. NZQA will also produce a video featuring NCEA students giving their best study advice, along with advice from Richard Thornton, a former school principal, and NZQA’s deputy chief executive for assessment. This will be available on NZQA's YouTube and Facebook pages.