Teaching tools

Education providers participating in a Community of Learning | Kāhui Ako can find useful tools and resources on this page.

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  • Communities of Learning | Kāhui Ako
  • Teachers and kaiako

These teaching tools support education providers to successfully engage in a Community of Learning | Kāhui Ako. Choosing to use these tools will contribute positively to the progress and achievement of their students.

The local curriculum design toolkit

The local curriculum design toolkit helps Communities of Learning | Kāhui Ako to build a shared local curriculum, focused on supporting children and young people across the entire 0 to 18 education pathway.

The toolkit comprises a number of tools – 4 that are grouped in Rapua Te Ara Tika, promoting a Māori approach to curriculum development, and 4 that apply to English medium.

The tools can support education providers with:

  • planning a local curriculum focused on the needs of all students
  • developing personalised learning pathways across all age groups
  • sharing resources, knowledge and practices across members in Kāhui Ako, including te ao Māori, te reo and tikanga Māori in local curriculum
  • raising the quality of teaching capability and learning, and
  • engaging the community.

Kāhui Ako leaders and teachers were involved in the development of the tools before release. They have given valuable feedback, and are enthusiastic about the potential of the tools to support inquiries into how teacher best practice can help lift progress and achievement.

Watch the video below to know more about the tool, its various parts and how it all fits together.

Local Ministry staff have been trained so they can assist Kāhui Ako to explore and to use the toolkit.

Local Ministry offices

If you want to know more about the local curriculum design toolkit, or would like to arrange a demonstration for your Kāhui Ako, email Curriculum.design@education.govt.nz.

Rapua Te Ara Tika

Rapua Te Ara Tika or Seeking the right pathway, promotes a Māori approach to curriculum development, teaching and learning. Each of the tools within the Rapua Te Ara Tika are interconnected and support the development of a marau ā-kāhui ako or marau ā-kura. The 4 tools within the Rapua Te Ara Tika are:

Te Whare Wānanga (first iteration now available)

Te Whare Wānanga or the House of Learning, enables users to engage in a process of inquiry. It supports the development of a localised student centred curriculum through the 3 Pou that identify key focus questions on the learners identity (Poutiriao), relationships (Pouwhenua) and future focus (Pouawatea). 

Te Herenga Tāngata (in development)

This tool guides individuals, kura and Kāhui Ako to create and strengthen relationships with local whānau, hapū, iwi and Māori education support groups to support the learner and their learning aspirations and pathways.

Te Ara Tika (in development)

This tool guides and supports kaiako, kura and the community to design and implement key transitions for ākonga throughout their schooling from kōhungahunga through to te whare wānanga.

He Akoranga Rangatira (in development)

This tool helps ensure that the localised curriculum is relevant and meets the Kāhui Ako's needs by supporting ākonga, kaiako, kura and whānau to identify what is Akoranga Rangatira (Powerful to learn) and Ngā Tino Huarahi Ako (Powerful learning).

Designing local curriculum toolkit

There are 4 tools in the Designing Local Curriculum toolkit that Kāhui Ako can use to help develop their local curriculum. 

Collaborative inquiry tool (now available)

This tool provides a sustainable digital system for establishing strategic focus areas, developing inquiry proposals, monitoring progress, and sharing findings. It helps you to notice and respond to variations in teacher practice and ākonga outcomes, including both the ‘hard spots’ and the pockets of excellence.

Relationships for learning tool (now available)

This tool helps Kāhui Ako focus on the community relationships that can support their vision. It describes the key people and groups a Kāhui Ako may choose to work with to support learning. It is built on the recognition that children are born into a community. When a child learns from and with their community, they come to understand how their community works socially, politically, economically, and culturally. They also learn how they can contribute to, and help shape their community.

Coherent pathways tool (in development)

This tool will help Kāhui Ako ensure that their learners experience learning continuity as they move from early childhood through to the end of their secondary schooling. It guides Kāhui Ako so they develop and capture statements at key transition points and also share the capabilities they community believes are important.

Rich opportunities for learning tool (in development)

This tool helps Kāhui Ako to draw on their environment and their community relationships to design meaningful learning opportunities that build the capabilities they wish to prioritise. It enables Kāhui Ako to design opportunities for their learners to contribute to their communities in ways that build on and strengthen both community and learner capabilities.

Learning progressions framework

The Learning progressions frameworks in reading, writing and mathematics show the significant steps that learners take as they develop in reading, writing and mathematics from Years 1–10. The frameworks now clarify the expected knowledge and skills that students need to develop in Years 9 and 10, to support success in NCEA and beyond. 

Download the Learning Progression app from the Apple and Google Play stores.

Learning progression frameworks(external link)

Progress and consistency tool

The Progress and Consistency Tool (PaCT) supports consistent judgments of student progress and achievement in reading, writing and mathematics in Years 1–8. The learning progressions frameworks are a key part of PaCT. 

PaCT supports the New Zealand Curriculum, prompts teachers to notice what students know and can do, and can help Communities of Learning share consistent data on learner progress.

PaCT – Curriculum progress tools(external link)

Te Waharoa Ararau

Te Waharoa Ararau (TWA) is an online system that kura in Communities of Learning can use to collect and report individual student achievement information in relation to Ngā Whanaketanga Rumaki Māori. It is available to all schools with Year 1-8 students. 

TWA collates and reports overall teacher judgments in one place, so that teachers and kura can build a picture of how student achievement is progressing in relation to te reo matatini (literacy) and pāngarau (numeracy).

Te Waharoa Ararau (TWA)(external link)

Positive Behaviour for Learning

Positive Behaviour for Learning School-Wide (PB4L-SW) is an evidence-based framework that provides schools with a process for teaching social and behavioural skills to support learning, engagement and retention at school. 

The principles underpinning PB4L-SW can be applied in individual schools and across Communities of Learning. In a Community of Learning, working together and using data and evidence supports team-based problem solving that contributes to meeting the achievement challenges. 

PB4L website(external link)

Teacher-led Innovation Fund

The Teacher-led Innovation Fund (TLIF) was a fund that supported teams of qualified teachers from early learning services, ngā kōhanga reo, schools and kura to collaboratively research and develop innovative practices that improve learning outcomes. The fund closed in 2019.

Teacher-led Innovation Fund

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