Home learning

Online resources

Three online spaces to help with learning while not at school:

These websites have resources for parents and whānau, teachers and leaders from early learning to senior secondary.

Learning Support Coordinators are connecting with families remotely, alongside Ministry learning support specialists, Resource Teachers, SENCOs and other learning support staff in schools.

Learning from home key messages for former refugee and migrant families

  • Early learning services and schools are your partners and they can support your child’s learning from home.
  • Your child’s teacher will have a plan for learning at home – you aren’t expected to replace the teacher. Remember that teachers may also be working from home and will have their own schedule and families to manage.
  • Having a routine or schedule that works for all of you is important so that everybody knows what to expect. Learning happens all the time, and can be woven in to your family routine.
  • Learning happens in every language. If your home language is a language other than English, use that language when communicating with your child. You can use your home language to talk about activities provided and the activity can be completed in English (or in your home language).
  • If you have any issues or are concerned about your child’s learning at home, you should contact your child’s school in the first instance. If you have difficulty contacting your child’s school and the teacher doesn’t contact you, please get in touch with your nearest office of Ministry of Education.
  • Check this website and the Parents website(external link) for the latest updates on education. 

Home learning information for pacific communities and families translated into Pacific languages – Learning from home website(external link)

Download the learning from home info sheet for former refugee and migrant families [PDF, 240 KB]

This information translated into other languages:

Arabic [PDF, 122 KB]

Burmese [PDF, 119 KB]

Dari [PDF, 161 KB]

Hindi [PDF, 98 KB]

Japanese [PDF, 173 KB]

Korean [PDF, 283 KB]

Persian [PDF, 154 KB]

Portuguese [PDF, 53 KB]

Punjabi [PDF, 83 KB]

Simplified Chinese [PDF, 132 KB]

Somali [PDF, 30 KB]

Spanish [PDF, 52 KB]

Tagalog [PDF, 53 KB]

Tigrinya [PDF, 100 KB]

Traditional Chinese [PDF, 235 KB]

Distance-learning resources during the COVID-19 response

Schools, the Ministry of Education and other partners worked to make sure every learner had at least one connection to learning during Term 2 of the 2020 school year, despite the COVID-19 restrictions.

Just like in normal times, learners’ main connection for learning during the COVID-19 response was with their school, kura or wharekura. To support this connection, a range of resources was made available to learners without internet access.

In response to the re-emergence of COVID-19 in August, the Ministry has reactivated its distance learning resources to support students who are learning from home.

Schools, kura, wharekura and early learning services were prepared for further disruptions to learning and the Ministry is supporting those in the Auckland region so learning can continue for tamariki and rangatahi affected by the change in alert levels.

More information on this can be found on the Learning from home website.

Distance learning resources – Learning from home website(external link)

Educational television

Lessons aimed at all age groups, including early learning, were broadcast from the start of Term 2 on 15 April through 12 June 2020 (after New Zealand achieved Alert Level 1 status).

These were broadcast from 9am to 3pm every school day, with separate channels for English language and te reo Māori.

Based on the success of these lessons, the broadcast of early learning and reo Māori lessons were extended until 3 July 2020.

Both channels were reactivated on 17 August 2020 to support learning at home and at school as Auckland returned to Alert Level 3 and the rest of New Zealand to Alert Level 2. Both channels finished broadcasting on Friday 28 August 2020.

About Home Learning TV | Papa Kāinga TV – Learning from home website(external link)

About Mauri Reo, Mauri Ora – Kauwhata Reo website(external link)


ClassroomNZ2020 is an online learning platform with resources for Year 7–13, including NCEA courses. It is available to all state and state-integrated schools or kura in response to COVID-19.

Resources (in English and te reo Māori) that show what ClassroomNZ2020 looks like and how it works are available on the NCEA.TKI website(external link)

Internet and computers

To help students, ākonga and whānau keep in touch with their schools, the Ministry arranged internet connections and computers for some of the households that lack them. For both internet connections and computers, the first priority was NCEA students in lower-decile schools.

The priority for Ministry-sourced computers was, in order, Year 12, Year 13, and then Year 11 students – and within each of those years, Decile 1, Decile 2, Decile 3, and so on through the rankings. These priorities reflected the Government’s desire to minimise disruption for learners working towards a qualification, and the effectiveness of online teaching and learning for this age group.

Further funding was made available in August to purchase the limited stock of computer devices in New Zealand. Auckland students in years 9 and above were given priority while the region was in Alert Level 3. Eligible schools were contacted directly to confirm requirements and arrange delivery.

Packs of printed learning material

The Ministry also produced packs of learning materials for some households.

  • Printed learning materials were sent to learners in the Māori-medium education pathway aged 0-18.
  • Schools ordered subject-specific hard copy resource packs for NCEA students without internet access and/or a suitable computer at home. Resources were available across more than 50 subject areas.
  • English-medium printed packs for students in Years 110 were requested by the learners’ schools. The packs were for those learners most in need due to disadvantage, or who do not have a computer or internet access.
  • For students in early learning, packs went to families and whānau at addresses supplied by early learning services who receive Targeted Funding for Disadvantage (TFFD).
  • As part of its preparedness planning, the Ministry created additional hard packs. They were prioritised to schools, kura and wharekura in the Auckland region in areas of greatest need during Alert Level 3 in August. All schools and kura are encouraged to think about what they would like their students to have in place for learning at home, should this be required in the future. 

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