Ministry Bulletin for School Leaders | He Pitopito Kōrero

The bulletin is our central channel for communicating key information to school leaders. It includes what school leaders need to know and action, local news, events and more.

Current Ministry Bulletin for School Leaders


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School Bulletin Special Editions 2020

  • School Bulletin(external link) (3 July)
    • The 2020 Wellbeing Budget Package
    • The Bulletins (going forward)
  • COVID-19 update(external link) (30 June)
    • Teacher aide pay equity claim ratified and new IEA available for non-union member teacher aides
    • Border exemption requests
    • Reimbursement of unexpected payroll costs due to COVID-19 emergency payments
    • Weekly and Termly Attendance data – key dates
    • Discounted e-bikes for public sector staff
    • Changes to procurement thresholds to 31 December 2020
    • Home Learning | Papa Kāinga TV ends Friday 3 July
    • Tech Week 2020 – 27 July – 2 August
    • Returning devices
    • Prime Minister’s Vocational Excellence Award
  • COVID-19 update(external link) (25 June)
    • Revised guidance on testing for COVID-19
    • Guidance - responding to cases in your community
    • Professional Learning and Development Fund for Teacher Aides 
    • Netsafe LIVE PLD
    • Out-of-zone students seeking enrolment between ballots
    • Ongoing payments for property management where contracts have ceased effect
    • 2020 Prime Minister’s Education Excellence Awards cancelled
  • COVID-19 update(external link) (23 June)
    • COVID-19: Confirmed, probable or possible cases linked to your school
    • This Thursday’s webinar – junior secondary
    • Clarification of 2020 school year half day reduction
    • Student elections for board of trustee representatives
    • Standardised learning support register (sLSR)
    • Updated contracts for school-led property projects
    • MSD is repeating the ‘future intentions’ vocational survey for Year 9-13 students
  • COVID-19 update(external link) (18 June)
    • Support for students to go into apprenticeships
    • Mental health resources for 13-18 year olds
    • July Roll Return (to action)
    • ACC funded teacher aides
    • Modems - collection and tech support
    • National Monitoring Study of Student Achievement (NMSSA)
    • Improvements to the School Property Procurement section of education.govt.nz
    • Operating school construction projects during COVID-19 Alert Level 1
  • COVID-19 update(external link) (16 June)
    • Two new cases of COVID-19 announced today
    • Thursday's webinar: Senior secondary looking past COVID
    • PLD proposals submitted in Term 1 and COVID-19 PLD support package
    • Implementing the teacher aide pay equity settlement
    • VLN Primary School - Registrations invited for online programmes’ starting from Term 3
    • SportNZ advice and guidance to support wellbeing
    • Creatives in Schools
    • New civics’ resources for teaching and learning
    • NCEA offshore and Education and Training Bill
    • Te Rautaki Rawa kura – The School Property Strategy 2030
    • Export Education Levy
  • COVID-19 update(external link) (11 June)
    • Weekly Attendance Data
    • Virtual Careers Expo for senior secondary students
    • Online NCEA courses on ClassroomNZ2020
    • Next week’s webinar: Senior secondary looking past COVID
    • COVID-19 Emergency payment scheme now closed
    • School transport services under Alert Level 1
    • Option to manage computer devices your school now owns
    • Operational funding notification
    • TeachNZ awards
    • Update on Mauri Reo Mauri Ora
    • Update on Home Learning | Papa Kāinga TV
    • New civics resources coming next week
    • New website Kia Kotahi mō te WHAIORANGA | Unite for the RECOVERY
  • COVID-19 update(external link) (8 June)
    • Alert Level 1
    • QR Code posters
    • Template letter for parents and caregivers
    • Focusing on the learner! – Webinar for Primary 
  • COVID-19 update(external link) (4 June)
    • Ngā Karahipi Uru Rākau – Forestry Scholarships
    • Talanoa Ako app
    • 'Keep it real online’ campaign
    • 2019 Provisional School Leavers data
    • Access discounted pricing for washroom, cleaning and hygiene products and office supplies
    • Alert Level 1
    • 2020 school year reduced by four half days
    • Further changes to NCEA and UE (English and te reo Māori)
    • ERO reviews under COVID-19
    • Reimbursement of working from home costs 
    • Insurance cover for digital devices for students learning from home
    • Improving students’ connectivity
  • School Bulletin(external link) (2 June)
    • New Dates for Showquest, Smokefreerockquest and Tangata Beats 2020
    • Future PLD application rounds
    • Education outside the Classroom in Alert Level 2
    • Using schools as voting places in the General Election
    • Increase in number of people at gatherings 
  • COVID-19 update(external link) (28 May)
    • Pay equity for teacher aides
    • New collective employment agreement for Secondary and Area School Groundstaff
    • Next webinar 4 June – hauora and wellbeing
    • Te reo Māori, kura and Māori medium supports
    • English Language Learning Progressions (ELLP) Pathway Years 1-8 and ELLP Pathway Student Agency Record
    • More information to support communicating with whānau and students about weekly attendance reporting
    • Annual reporting and school audit process
    • Update on reimbursement of additional COVID related payroll costs
    • Clarification of working from home allowances
    • Hand sanitiser – last orders by 10 June
    • COVID-19 PLD support package
    • NZ COVID Tracer app posters are on their way
  • COVID-19 update(external link) (26 May)
    • Template letter to support attendance
    • Alert Level 2 payment support for day relief teachers and casual staff
    • COVID-19: Information for disabled people and their whānau
    • Contact tracing apps
    • Physical distancing on Ministry transport services
    • Changes to limits on gatherings
  • COVID-19 update(external link) (21 May)
    • New Public Health Response Order – accurate information
    • Non-teaching staff collective agreements
    • June Roll Return for Years 9 and above only
    • School Donations Scheme and information for proprietors
    • Switching from daily to weekly attendance reporting
    • NZ COVID Tracer App
    • Things to consider when choosing a contact tracing app
    • ClassroomNZ2020 online courses
    • Home Learning | Papa Kāinga TV resources for teachers
    • Supporting learning through Alert Level 2 and beyond
  • COVID-19 update(external link) (20 May)
    • NZ COVID Tracer app
  • COVID-19 update(external link) (19 May)
    • Webinars Thursday/Friday this week 
    • More of your questions answered
    • Keeping safe in school labs during the COVID-19 pandemic
    • COVID-19 contingent workforce emergency payments support – May payment
    • Payments made to staff during Level 4 lockdown
    • Two new learning support packs
    • Alert Level 2 daily attendance reporting and staffing attendance survey
    • Update on network hardware replacements in schools
    • Delivery of student devices and internet modems
  • COVID-19 update(external link) (15 May)
    • Guidance for leaders about teaching and learning at Level 2
    • Tranche 1 English Medium (Years 9 and 10) hard pack orders close in Salesforce
    • Webinars for wellbeing
  • COVID-19 update(external link) (14 May)
    • Update on Stuart McNaughton’s webinar on wellbeing
    • Changes to NCEA address impact of COVID-19
    • Welcoming children back to school
    • Daily attendance SurveyMonkey reporting
    • Further answers to your queries eg cleaning, food technology, gatherings etc
    • Advice for parents and whānau about preparing for Alert Level 2
    • Support with supplying distance learning packs and teacher connectivity
    • Ministry-funded flu vaccinations
    • Netsafe support for teachers 
    • Te reo Māori, kura and Māori medium supports
    • Attendance Codes – Alert Level 2
  • COVID-19 update(external link) (12 May)
    • Stuart McNaughton webinar on wellbeing 
    • Attendance and engagement for all children and young people in education
    • Guidance for staff with health concerns returning to school under Alert Level 2
    • Answers to more of the common questions we’ve received
    • Public transport school services
    • Alert Level 2 arrangements for secondary-tertiary and work-place learning students
    • Orders close for Student Household Internet Connectivity at 5pm on 15 May
    • Student attendance Strike 4 Climate – Friday 15 May
  • COVID-19 update(external link) (11 May)
    • Prime Minister's announcement of Alert Level 2
    • Answers to a couple of common questions we’ve received from you
    • Wellbeing information and tips including upcoming webinars
  • COVID-19 update(external link) (8 May)
    • Ministry funded flu vaccinations
    • Attendance and engagement at school during Alert Level 2
    • Answers to some commonly asked questions under Alert Level 2
    • School transport under Alert Level 2 
    • PLD hours can be extended
    • Internet connections & devices for learning – status update
    • Home learning TV extended to support teaching and learning
    • Update on hard packs for students
  • COVID-19 update(external link) (7 May)
    • Key messages from the Prime Minister
    • Welcoming all staff and students back to school
    • Supporting learning
    • Public Health Statement for the Education Sector from Dr Caroline McElnay, Director, Public Health, Ministry of Health
    • Alert Level 2 for schools
    • Guidance for schools on staff matters
    • Resuming Ministry contracted school transport services
    • Learning Support
  • COVID-19 update(external link) (5 May)
    • Alert Level 2
    • Continuation of contingent workforce emergency payments support
    • Reimbursement for schools’ device purchases
    • Daily Covid-19 On Site Student Log - Additional Staffing Questions for Thursday
    • Ministry guidelines of the treatment of contract variation claims from COVID-19
    • Update on deliveries of English medium hard packs for Years 1-10 
    • Te Reo Māori, kura and Māori medium
    • Students' physical attendance under Alert Level 3: Residential Special Schools
    • Clarification: Students attending alternative education after they have turned 16
    • School Annual Financial Reporting – Subsequent Events Disclosure Note
    • Hand sanitiser use, storage and delivery
  • COVID-19 update(external link) (1 May)
    • Planning for Alert Level 2
    • Dr Payinda - what can a teacher do to decrease risk?
    • Rostering teachers to bubbles
    • Teacher aides supporting learners with additional learning needs in their homes
    • Students physical attendance at Day Special Schools under Alert Level 3
    • Ki te Ao Mārama learning pack update
    • Saleforce data collection update and English medium Year 1-10 hard packs
    • Alert Level 3 arrangements for secondary-tertiary and work-place learning students
    • How schools across NZ are engaging with students to support distance learning
    • Boarding school rolls
    • Letter template to reassure parents
  • COVID-19 update(external link)(external link) (28 April)
    • Ministry-funded flu vaccinations
    • Adults to stay within one bubble
    • Site poster for parents and visitors – te reo Māori version
    • Distance learning information in multiple languages
    • Request to re-fill your pump sanitiser bottles
  • COVID-19 update(external link) (24 April)
    • School readiness checklist
    • Site poster for parents and visitors
    • Important information for teacher only days at alert level 3
    • Some tips for welcoming students back under alert level 3
    • Information to support parents
    • What to do if you are concerned for the welfare or safety of a child
    • Recruiting staff in alert level 3
    • Update on English medium hard packs for Years 1-10 students
    • Students with Learning Support Needs at Alert level 3
    • SESTA – Specialised School Transport Assistance
    • Treatment of variation claims for school construction projects
    • Sparklers at Home wellbeing toolkit
    • Supporting student wellbeing while students are working from home
    • Ready to Read series
    • Study awards for primary and secondary teachers to complete further study in the field of TESSOL
    • Additional technology support for schools establishing Remote Learning
  • COVID-19 update(external link) (23 April)
    • Wage subsidy support for hostel employees
    • Specific guidance for hostels at alert level 3
    • Health and safety at alert level 3
    • Insurance cover for digital devices for students learning from home
    • Supply of Ministry funded Sanitiser – Important update to order cut-off times
    • Recording who will be coming to school and who actually attends
  • COVID-19 update(external link) (22 April)
    • Information and advice to help you develop your approach to staffing in your school or kura when moving to Alert Level 3
    • Resuming Ministry contracted school transport services under Level 3
    • If you are unable to contact children and whānau on your roll
    • N4L Switch-on-Safety security filter campaign
  • COVID-19 update(external link) (21 April)
    • Control measures to deliver COVID-19 strategies: Education sector evidence review
    • Accessing hand sanitiser - update 
    • Site preparation update
    • Banking Staffing final balance letters
    • Resuming Ministry contracted school transport services under Level 3
    • Recommencing and operating school construction projects below COVID-19 Alert Level 4
    • Salesforce change to online data
    • More options for watching Home Learning | Papa Kāinga TV
    • Key ESOL messages for schools
    • Professional support for te reo Māori, Kura and Māori medium online distance learning
    • Intensive Wraparound Service (IWS)
    • VLN support available for distance learning
    • Education Gazette
  • COVID-19 update(external link) (20 April)
    • Facebook live with Dr Ashley Bloomfield
    • Health and safety
    • Staffing
    • Cleaning / Accessing hand sanitiser
    • Property checklist
    • Parents and caregivers
    • Learning Support
    • Support for distance learning
    • School Transport
    • Hostels
    • Key dates to work to
    • Summary of the types of guidance being developed
  • COVID-19 update (17 April)(external link)
    • Health at forefront of decision making
    • Health considerations for Education at alert level 3
  • COVID-19 update(external link) (16 April)
    • Response to Prime Minister's announcement on alert level changes' guidance
  • COVID-19 update(external link) (14 April)
    • Home learning TV starts 15 April
    • Te Reo Māori, Kura and Māori medium learning
    • New web portal for whānau Māori
    • Talanoa Ako
    • Free internet safety filter for parents; Netsafe, The Connected Learning Advisory
    • Ordering hard copy subject-specific NCEA resources online now live
    • Changes to requests for distance learning resources
    • COVID-19 school transport payments
    • Supporting students with learning support needs and distance learning
    • Attendance codes
    • Communications tips
  • COVID-19 update(external link) (9 April)
    • Planning for changing COVID-19 alert levels
    • National distribution of devices to state and state integrated schools
    • Ordering hard copy subject-specific NCEA resources online
    • Māori Medium/Rumaki 
    • Support for schools with international students departing from either Auckland or Christchurch International Airports
    • Further advice around supporting international students
    • Inclusion of teacher aides in delivering distance education
    • Salesforce information gathering on student resource needs
    • Reminder from Oranga Tamariki about how to help keep children and young people safe
    • Additional technology support sessions for schools establishing remote learning
    • "Working from home” and maintaining good cyber security practices
  • COVID-19 update - Minister's announcement(external link) (8 April)
    • Details of the package of supports for schools and kura
    • Home learning television
    • Hard learning packs
    • Access to devices and connectivity
    • Extending access to the Virtual Learning Network Community (VLNC)
  • COVID-19 update(external link) (7 April)
    • Education workforce pay – timesheet staff and kaimahi
    • Planning for teaching and learning in Term 2
    • Learning support needs and distance learning
    • Supporting new enrolments (or staying in early learning)
    • Collection and delivery of devices in schools
    • Repatriation home of International students during lockdown
    • Changes to enrolment scheme home zones / new enrolment schemes
  • Special Bulletin COVID-19(external link) (2 April)
    • Learning from home work programme
    • Employment matters including increase to minimum wage, payment over term break, emergency payment for contingent workforce, Term 2 remote learning and contingency funding
    • Wellbeing and welfare supports for your community
    • PLD support
    • Tips for improving connectivity
  • Additional COVID-19 update(external link) (31 March)
    • How to keep young people safe online
    • Managing a suspension during the lockdown
    • Access to school and kura sites
    • Essential services for aspects of education
  • COVID-19 update - Employment Matters(external link) (31 March)
    • Income provisions available for staff
    • How emergency payments will work
    • Additional funding for schools and kura
    • Phishing scam warning
    • Who to contact about emergency payments
    • Link to emergency payment FAQs
  • Additional special bulletin update(external link) (27 March)
    • Access to school and kura sites
    • COVID-19 information in additional languages
    • Income support for relief teachers
  • URGENT COVID-19 update(external link) (27 March)
    • Repatriating German students - travel arrangements
  • COVID-19 update(external link) (26 March)
    • Key dates reminder
    • Lockdown messages from the Prime Minister
    • Access to schools update
    • Care for children of essential workers update
    • Repatriation of international students
    • Boards of Trustees' role in supporting leadership
    • Learning Support staff available to assist
    • Wellbeing links and resources
    • Supporting leaders in secondary schools and wharekura
    • Supporting Te Reo Māori settings with distance learning
    • Support your school to enable distance learning
    • Secretary for Education given new powers
    • Letter template to parents, caregivers, whānau and family
    • Resources to support wellbeing and learning from home 
  • COVID-19 update(external link) (25 March)
    • State of Emergency declared
    • Schools closed
    • Payroll and staffing provision information
    • Annual reporting and school audit process update
    • Two learning from home websites now live
    • NZQA plans for NCEA assessments
    • Support for your school to enable distance learning
    • Microsoft and Google training sessions 
    • Removing internet data caps
    • Education Gazette online version
  • Important COVID-19 update(external link) (24 March)
    • Contacting Education Payroll
    • Updated payroll information
    • Self-isolating groups - circles of care
    • System backups and cyber security
    • Updated Netsafe helpline hours
    • Access to distance learning and devices for students
    • Insurance cover for devices
    • Preparing for shutting school premises
    • Attendance codes
  • COVID-19 update(external link) (23 March)
    • Moving to Alert Level 3 and then Level 4
    • List of essential businesses
    • School holidays brought forward
    • Supporting learning from home
    • School-led construction projects
    • Payroll process for Level 4
  • COVID-19 update(external link) (22 March)
    • Staffing absences
    • Vulnerable people
  • COVID-19 update(external link) (21 March)
    • Alert Level 2
    • High-risk individuals
    • Staffing provisions advice updated
  • COVID-19 update(external link) (20 March)
    • Decision tool update
    • Keeping kids learning and maintaining routine
    • Cleaning and cleaning supplies
  • COVID-19 update(external link) (19 March)
    • Rules on gathering do not apply to schools
    • Why a school would close
    • What happens if you have a confirmed case
    • Decision tool for early learning and school responses
    • Symptoms of COVID-19, flu and cold infographic
  • COVID-19 update(external link) (18 March)
    • Schools remain open
    • Talking to children and youth about COVID-19
  • COVID-19 update(external link) (17 March)
    • Possible case of COVID-19 in a school
    • Physical distancing
    • Guidance on self-isolating
    • Encouraging student attendance
  • COVID-19 additional update(external link) (16 March)
    • Guidance on camps, assemblies and other events
  • COVID-19 declared a pandemic(external link) (12 March)
    • Supporting parents' conversations with children
  • Coronavirus Update(external link) (6 March)
    • COVID-19 facts
    • Ministry of Health has a plan
    • What you and your community can do
    • What to do if someone is sick
    • Stopping stigma and discrimination
  • Case 3 COVID-19 announced(external link) (5 March)
    • Family of students in Auckland in self-isolation
  • COVID-19 update(external link) (5 March)
    • Parent of students confirmed with COVID-19
    • Facts from World Health Organisation
  • Latest updates on COVID 19(external link) (3 March)
    • Category 1 and 2 countries (as at 3 March)
    • Hand washing to prevent spread
  • Coronavirus update(external link) (28 February)
    • First case confirmed
    • Category 1 and 2 countries (as at 28 February)
    • What to do is someone has a confirmed case
    • Pandemic planning
    • Summary of key information
  • Novel Coronavirus further information(external link) (5 February)
    • Current advice on new border measures
    • Meaning of 'self-isolation'
    • Following the Ministry of Health's advice
    • Racist behaviour
    • Information from Immigration New Zealand
  • Updated advice on Novel Coronavirus(external link) (30 January)
    • New Novel coronavirus webpage
  • Message from Secretary for Education re Coronavirus(external link) (27 January)
    • Current travel information
    • Pandemic planning assistance
    • Emergency Management Plan template

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