Early Learning General News – June 2018

General news for the Early Learning sector for June 2018 including The future of NCEA and Mycoplasma bovis - Early learning activities involving calves.

The future of NCEA – join the conversation

6 Big Opportunities

NCEA Have your say.

The National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) was introduced into secondary schools over 15 years ago. This year, as part of the Education Conversation or Kōrero Mātauranga, New Zealanders have a powerful opportunity to explore ways to strengthen NCEA.

Earlier this year, the Minister of Education chose a group of independent leaders from a range of backgrounds to develop 6 ‘Big Opportunities’ for how NCEA could be improved. The 6 Big Opportunities include reducing the assessment load and including credits for project-based learning at Level 1, incorporating pathways opportunities at Levels 2 and 3, and reviewing NCEA’s literacy and numeracy requirements. These ideas are intended to get us all thinking and talking about the future of NCEA.

Over the next few months we want to hear from you

This is your chance to have a say on how you experienced NCEA and how it could be an even better qualification:

  • What do you like about it, and what do you dislike?
  • How could we re-design NCEA so that its graduates emerge healthy, happy and excited to take their next steps on a learning journey that will last a lifetime?
  • How could teachers, schools and Kāhui Ako feel empowered to make more space for learning and design courses that are truly responsive to the needs, strengths and aspirations of their students and communities?

You can have your say through a quick online survey(external link). If you want to make a more detailed contribution you can: participate in workshops, focus groups, hui or fono; complete a longer survey; or make a written submission.

You can find out more about the Big Opportunities, learn where, when, and how to get involved, and fill in the surveys at conversation.education.govt.nz(external link). Consultation closes on 16 September.

There’s also a student voice NCEA ‘Make your Mark’ competition(external link) for young New Zealanders aged from 5 to 20 years old. There are over $35,000 in prizes or grants up for grabs.

It’s really important that we capture everyone’s thoughts and ideas

We would be grateful if you could spread the word with students, parents, whānau, teachers, iwi, youth groups and community groups. Jump onto social media too and start talking online – use the hashtags #NCEAReview, #NCEAHaveYourSay, #EdConvo18.

Mycoplasma bovis

Early learning activities involving calves

The following is what you need to know about Mycoplasma bovis and early learning activities such as calf days.

The Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI) advises that early learning services can proceed as they usually would, with the following provisions:

  • Calves under movement restrictions will not be allowed to leave a property without a permit (which would not be approved for events such as calf clubs, or lamb and calf day)
  • Calves that are under surveillance (undergoing testing and not under movement restriction) are free to move and are a low risk for spreading the disease. Early learning services may want to consider waiting until testing is complete before making a decision to allow these calves to participate in activities
  • Calves from properties that have had no contact from MPI are free to move and attend early learning related activities
  • The best action services can take if they are buying animals is to purchase from the source, where as much as possible is known about the animals and their movement histories. They could also speak directly with previous owners and sellers.

Student well-being

The Mycoplasma bovis outbreak should be treated the same as any event impacting on the early learning community. This includes:

  • Ensuring staff are well placed to support students if they are behaving in a different way to their usual behaviour
  • Referring parents/families seeking support to organisations such as Rural Support(external link).

There is guidance on animals in early learning services in our licensing criteria:

If you require more information please contact MPI(external link) (0800 00 83 33), or for further support please contact your local Rural Support Trust (0800 787 254) or local Ministry of Education Office.

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