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.

Home learning messages in different languages

Arabic [PDF, 78 KB]

Dari [PDF, 77 KB]

English [PDF, 245 KB]

Farsi [PDF, 78 KB]

Hindi [PDF, 113 KB]

Japanese [PDF, 125 KB]

Korean [PDF, 167 KB]

Portuguese [PDF, 61 KB]

Punjabi [PDF, 85 KB]

Samoan [PDF, 60 KB]

Simplified Chinese [PDF, 140 KB]

Somali [PDF, 260 KB]

Spanish [PDF, 61 KB]

Tagalog [PDF, 61 KB]

Tongan [PDF, 62 KB]

Traditional Chinese [PDF, 282 KB]

Tigrinya [PDF, 43 KB]

Burmese [PDF, 67 KB]

Further information in all Pacific languages: Information for Pacific communities and families - Learning from home website(external link)

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.

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.

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.

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 to 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 1-10 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).

Distribution of technology and printed learning materials for distance learning


As at 4 June 2020


Total viewership1 since 15 April

Home Learning TV broadcasts and live streaming, plus Māori Television on demand


1Excludes Māori Television broadcasts, as data is not available

Printed learning packs

Delivery completed or under way

All ages: early learning through NCEA, including Māori medium


Website resources

Total site visits

since 23 March

Learning from Home(external link)  and Kauwhatareo(external link)



Delivery under way

or completed

Internet connections completed or under way


Ministry of Education-supplied computers (laptops and Chromebooks)


Computers despatched from schools' own stocks


Professional learning & development (PLD)

Number of schools

New PLD engagements since COVID support package launched on 25 March







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