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.

Click here for 2021 COVID-19 updates

Latest regular issue

Ministry Bulletin for School Leaders | He Pitopito Kōrero Issue 142 - 11 May 2021(external link)

  • Message from Iona


  • Education and Training Amendment Bill (No 2): Consultation on proposed changes
  • Guidance for consulting on school rules (bylaws)
  • Please use Attendance Code O for absences due to ‘family reunification purposes’
  • Term 1 attendance (Every Day Matters) collection ends this week
  • Updated public service pay guidance

Need to know

  • Webinar events on PLD
  • Confirmed staffing process for permanent teaching appointments
  • Please help confirm the range of work performed by administration staff for their pay equity claim
  • Consulting on speed limits around schools
  • Accord Teacher Only Days 2021 for secondary schools
  • Te oranga me te haumaru ākonga: Tertiary and international ākonga safety and wellbeing consultation ends 21 May
  • Te Rito rollout underway
  • Applications open for Better Start Literacy Approach
  • Professional Learning and Development update
  • Regionally allocated PLD for cultural capability

Heads up

  • Techweek2021
  • Aotearoa New Zealand’s histories update
  • Histories books for schools and kura
  • Collaborative approach to refreshing the New Zealand Curriculum
  • Curriculum Leads begin their mahi
  • New Zealand Sign Language Week 10-16 May
  • Bullying-Free New Zealand Week 17-21 May
  • Access to period products
  • Winter maintenance reminder
  • Save the date – Infrastructure Sector Forum 22 June
  • New property training module for schools
  • Recent changes to ENROL
  • Announcing new Networks of Expertise
  • Matariki public holiday 2022
  • Education Outside the Classroom free workshops
  • Employer Engagement Toolkit
  • Get into Gaming! Online events for all Year 7-9 students and their teachers
  • ERO science reports released
  • Turnitin software

Special editions 2021

Note - information in these bulletins was current at the time of publication. Please refer to the Unite against COVID-19 website(external link) for the most recent COVID-19 information or contact your regional Ministry office(external link) for Ministry specific information such as attendance data submission, PLD etc.

COVID-19 update - 9 April(external link)

  • Staff undertaking travel to Australia from 19 April
  • COVID-19 diagnosis while travelling or upon return to New Zealand
  • COVID-19 vaccination programme

COVID-19 update - 5 March pm(external link)

  • Alert level changes
  • Reminder information
  • Swimming at Alert Level 2
  • Camps at Alert Level 2

COVID-19 update - 5 March(external link)

COVID-19 update and March Roll Return - 1 March(external link)

  • March Roll Returns
  • Schools remain physically open for some students at Alert Level 3
  • Distance learning and hard copy resources at Alert Level 3
  • Guidance for Auckland schools on staff matters at Alert Level 3
  • Teacher aides providing learning support
  • Alert Level 2 – staff and students returning from Auckland
  • Guidance for schools on staff matters at Alert Level 2
  • Reminder: Wearing of face coverings on buses
  • Essential links for quick reference

COVID-19 update - 28 February(external link)

  • Alert Level 3 – Auckland region
  • Hostels at Alert Level 3
  • Distance Learning
  • Contactless pick ups of devices and hard packs in Alert Level 3
  • Guidance for Auckland schools on staff matters at Alert Level 3
  • Link to template letter for parents and caregivers to use if it’s helpful and COVID-19 poster
  • Information for Alert Level 2 – All New Zealand except Auckland
  • Guidance for schools on staff matters at Alert Level 2
  • Common questions at Alert Level 2
  • School construction, transport and face coverings
  • Link to COVID-19 poster

COVID-19 update - 23 February(external link)

COVID-19 update - face coverings - 18 February(external link)

COVID-19 update - 17 February(external link)

  • People leaving managed isolation
  • Please keep sending your weekly attendance data
  • Template letters for parents

COVID-19 update - 15 February(external link)

  • Information for Auckland at Alert Level 3
  • Information for the remainder of New Zealand at Alert Level 2
  • Information for all of New Zealand
  • Regular content – urgent or time sensitive (two items)

COVID-19 update - 14 February(external link)

Aotearoa New Zealand's histories - public engagement on draft content launched(external link)

COVID-19 update - 28 January(external link)

COVID-19 update - 27 January(external link)

Regular issues 2021 

Ministry Bulletin for School Leaders | He Pitopito Kōrero Issue 141 - 7 April 2021(external link)

  • Message from Iona


  • Vaping legislation

Need to know

Heads up

Ministry Bulletin for School Leaders | He Pitopito Kōrero Issue 140 - 23 March 2021(external link)

  • Message from Iona


  • Have your say: Draft Learning Matrices and other content for NCEA Level 1

Need to know

  • COVID-19 vaccine update
  • Planning for an emergency
  • Change to ERC details for Northern and Central North regions
  • Reimbursement of COVID-19 autopay costs
  • 1 April Pay Equity settlement funding
  • Minimum wage increase – 1 April
  • Pacific education funds – second round of funding
  • Supporting student teachers on practical experience placements
  • TeachNZ scholarship programme 2021
  • Awards for teachers of gifted learners
  • Expert panel applications – Advanced Classroom Expertise Teacher
  • Curriculum Advisory Group: Expressions of interest open

Heads up

  • Access to period products
  • Release of the LSC Phase 1 Evaluation Report
  • Auckland region enrolment scheme ballot dates for 2021
  • Reference design catalogue
  • Infrastructure sector forums
  • Aotearoa New Zealand’s histories public consultation update
  • Invitation to contribute: Climate Change ─ Prepare today, live well tomorrow
  • Professional learning and development
  • Free video learning resources from ETV now available
  • Ready to Read Phonics Plus books arriving from the end of the month
  • Kia Takatū ā-Matahiko | Digital Readiness programme
  • AoG office supplies contract and RealMe login
  • Bullying-Free NZ week
  • Creatives in Schools Round 2
  • Moon to Mars Programme – Seeds in Space

Regional content

 Ministry Bulletin for School Leaders | He Pitopito Kōrero Issue 139 - 9 March 2021(external link)

  • Message from Iona

Need to know

  • COVID-19 vaccination programme
  • Access to family violence services
  • Talking together, Te kōrerorero oral language tool – hard copy resources
  • Refreshed RTLit guidance manual
  • Granting domestic status to school-aged children unable to return home
  • Teacher subjects data collection still open
  • Changes to the TELA+ scheme
  • Sensitive claims of abuse in state schools

Heads up

  • Planning for the second Teacher Only Day in support of the NCEA Change Programme
  • Supporting schools buying and procurement
  • NASA Scientist for a Day (Years 7 – 10)
  • Encouraging girls into trades
  • NMSSA English release
  • Apple Education professional development virtual workshops

Ministry Bulletin for School Leaders | He Pitopito Kōrero Issue 138 - 23 February 2021(external link)

  • Message from Iona


  • Auckland alert level change and face coverings
  • March roll return key dates
  • Enrolling children who have entered the country as Critical Purpose Visitor Visa holders

Need to know

  • Access to period products
  • Make School Unstoppable
  • Operational funding notification
  • Beginning Teacher Time Allowance update
  • Time-limited funding – Technology support for students with additional learning needs
  • Annual reporting and audit processes
  • Schools’ planning and reporting reminder
  • Home internet connections continue to December 2021
  • Reviewing how schools are funded for teacher aides
  • Nationwide Provisionally Certified Teachers, Overseas Trained Teachers and Mentor PLD
  • Enhanced induction and mentoring programme
  • Contracting local community organisations to provide counselling
  • FENZ requirements to hold trial fire evacuations reinstated from 1 February

Heads up

  • National curriculum refresh
  • Aotearoa New Zealand’s histories - support resource available
  • Draft NCEA Level 1 Te Marautanga o Aotearoa and Te Reo Matatini me Pāngarau standards
  • 2021 Prime Minister’s Awards are open
  • Have your say on the Oranga Tamariki Act 1989 information sharing provisions
  • Vaping regulations consultation
  • Healthy Active Learning survey extended
  • Free meningococcal ACWY vaccine for hostel boarders

 Ministry Bulletin for School Leaders | He Pitopito Kōrero Issue 137 - 9 February 2021(external link)

  • Message from Iona


  • Term 4 attendance data due 26 February
  • End of year withdrawals in ENROL

Need to know

  • PLD update including staying safe from COVID-19
  • Te Ahu o te Reo Māori registrations now open
  • ESOL funding applications – Zoom sessions next week
  • Have your say: Draft NCEA Level 1 Te Marautanga o Aotearoa and Te Reo Matatini me Pāngarau standards
  • Aotearoa New Zealand’s histories – Zoom sessions start this week
  • Enrolment scheme guidelines and instructions updated
  • Teacher subjects data collection
  • 2020 Notional Lease now available
  • Recent changes to ENROL
  • ClassroomNZ2020 available until 30 June
  • N4L online safety page blocks

Heads up

  • Gifted awards applications open
  • Free 'Back To School' training event from Google on 18 February
  • Changes to NZ Relay services
  • A Waikato secondary school shares some lessons learned

Regular issues 2020

Ministry Bulletin for School Leaders | He Pitopito Kōrero Issue 136(external link)

  • Message from Iona

Need to know

  • Employment of staff on fixed-term agreements
  • Carbon Neutral Government Programme

 Ministry Bulletin for School Leaders | He Pitopito Kōrero Issue 135(external link)

  • Message from Iona


  • Staff undertaking overseas travel and managed isolation

Need to know

  • Support for expiring network equipment
  • Operational Funding Notification
  • Banking staffing recovery and reimbursement rates for 2021
  • Additional funding for heat, light and water
  • School bus procurement update
  • School leavers completing international assessments
  • e-asTTle – 2021 student passwords update

Heads up

  • Zoom careers session – 15 December
  • School Student Management Systems - privacy and security discovery exercise
  • Progress with Aotearoa New Zealand’s Histories
  • Applications open for additional 2021 Gateway learner places
  • Teacher recruitment 2021 and NZ border
  • ERO’s new schools Operating Model
  • Professional Growth Cycle

Regional news

Ministry Bulletin for School Leaders | He Pitopito Kōrero Issue 134(external link)

  • Message from Iona


  • Free Measles, Mumps and Rubella vaccine
  • End of year withdrawals in ENROL
  • Circular 2020/09 – Adult student enrolment policy

Need to Know

  • Draft NCEA Literacy & Numeracy Standards – have your say
  • Schools’ planning and reporting for 2021
  • TeachNZ scholarship programme 2021
  • Enhanced induction and mentoring programme for provisionally certificated teachers impacted by COVID-19
  • End of year property checklist
  • Asbestos Awareness Week and updated guidance

Heads up

  • New NCEA Education website
  • Recent changes to ENROL
  • Extension of fixed-term agreements for teaching staff during COVID-19 lockdown – banking staffing adjustments
  • Creatives in Schools
  • Supporting New Zealand’s COVID-19 response

 Ministry Bulletin for School Leaders | He Pitopito Kōrero Issue 133(external link)

  • Message from Iona


  • National Education and Learning Priorities published
  • Face coverings on public transport
  • Playground equipment safety alert – springer ride-ons

Need to know

  • New Learning Support Network of Expertise
  • Funding for small schools
  • ORS COVID-19 Response Fund phase two
  • Te Kura programmes support students impacted by COVID-19
  • RFP on Cultural Capability
  • Circular 2020/06 - Attendance Dues Accounts

Heads up

  • Term attendance data and automatic collection of weekly data
  • TESSOL tuition fees scholarship
  • 2020 RTLB National Satisfaction Survey deferred
  • Funding for memorial tree planting

Regional news

Ministry Bulletin for School Leaders | He Pitopito Kōrero Issue 132(external link)

  • Message from Iona


  • Teacher aides who have left employment

Need to know

  • Accord Teacher Only Day 2020
  • Keeping up to date with pay equity claims
  • Teacher recruitment
  • Te Ahu o te Reo Māori – national delivery 2021
  • 2021 calendar of key Ministry dates
  • Updated contracts for school construction consultancy services
  • Reading Recovery and Early Literacy Support

Heads up

  • ClassroomNZ2020
  • Online leadership support
  • Healthy Active Learning evaluation
  • Help your students become global citizens
  • Fire safety and conserving water

Ministry Bulletin for School Leaders | He Pitopito Kōrero Issue 131(external link)

  • Message from Iona


  • Upcoming legislative changes to vaping

Need to know

  • Targeted support for at risk ākonga
  • COVID-19: EAP services for Auckland workforce wellbeing update
  • New online oral language resource
  • Māori medium and te reo Māori PLD priorities
  • Converting unallocated hours into a statement of work
  • TAPESA 2021 funding letters

Heads up

  • New Inclusive Education tool
  • Updated travel guidance for schools
  • Resources for the America’s Cup
  • VLN Primary School – register for online programmes in 2021

Regional news

 Ministry Bulletin for School Leaders | He Pitopito Kōrero Issue 130(external link)

  • Message from Iona


  • 15 March 2019 Christchurch lockdown review outcomes
  • COVID-19 checklist for urgent school closures
  • 2021 provisional roll reviews
  • Extraordinary roll growth applications
  • 2020 banking staffing
  • SESTA applications for Term 1 2021 due by 30 November
  • Annual Financial Reporting 2020 | Circular 2020/07 – Annual Reporting Circular
  • Privacy Act changes
  • Auckland ākonga: places available in Big Picture & targeted dual-tuition programmes

Need to know

  • 2021 Ministerial Youth Advisory Group
  • Prime Minister’s Vocational Excellence Award 2020
  • Learning Support Satisfaction Survey
  • Extension for home internet connections

Heads up

  • Supporting learning progress once students are back at school – useful teaching strategies and tools
  • Year 1-6 content now available on ClassroomNZ2020
  • Accord Teacher Only Day 2020 FAQs
  • 2021 PLD round dates
  • Enrolling children from overseas
  • School Journal distribution dates
  • Sun safety

 Ministry Bulletin for School Leaders | He Pitopito Kōrero Issue 129(external link)

  • Message from Iona


  • Have your say: Draft Achievement Standards for Māori Performing Arts
  • Pacific Innovation and Pacific Education Support Funds: application closing dates
  • Annual Reporting webinar and Kiwi Park model financial statements
  • Guidance counsellors
  • Ongoing Resourcing Scheme and School High Health Needs Fund applications

Need to know

  • Update on COVID-19 for our NZ Pacific community
  • Reallocation of funding to bolster domestic teacher recruitment
  • Free Pause Breathe Smile mind health programme

Heads up

  • Automated weekly attendance data - now available for some schools
  • Final call for nominations: Prime Minister's Vocational Excellence Award
  • Applications for TESSOL scholarships close soon
  • PLD update
  • Teacher Only Day
  • More funding available for adult education
  • Action Plan for Pacific Education
  • New Curriculum Lead positions advertised

Special editions 2020

Note - information in these bulletins was current at the time of publication. Please refer to the Unite against COVID-19 website(external link) for the most recent COVID-19 information or contact your regional Ministry office(external link) for Ministry specific information such as attendance data submission, PLD etc.

COVID-19 update - 13 November(external link)

COVID-19 update - 12 November(external link)

COVID-19 update 5 October(external link)

  • Key messages from the Prime Minister’s announcement
  • 10 things you need to know about Alert Level 1
  • Letter template for Auckland parents and caregivers

COVID-19 update 21 September(external link)

  • Key messages from the Prime Minister’s COVID-19 announcement
  • 10 things you need to know about Alert Level 1
  • For Auckland - Things you need to know about Alert Level 2
  • Gatherings and events
  • Translated letter templates for parents and caregivers
  • Exams at Alert Levels 1, 2 and 3 
  • Support for senior secondary students
  • Ongoing Resourcing Scheme COVID-19 response fund
  • Automating your weekly attendance data submission
  • Funding updates
  • New Zealand Sign Language Week
  • ERO report: Nihinihi whenua – Valuing te reo Māori 
  • Extension for nominations: Prime Minister’s Vocational Excellence Award
  • PLD update
  • PLD opportunity: TESSOL Scholarships
  • School Leavers’ Toolkit: Inclusion and diversity video resource
  • Online infrastructure forums
  • Education Gazette
  • Renaming the School Data Portal
  • Section 9 Agreements renamed Specialist Education Agreements 
  • Electoral Commission thanks you 
  • International students remaining in New Zealand over summer 2020/2021
  • Providing education and NCEA outside New Zealand

COVID-19 update 14 September(external link)

  • Prime Minister’s announcement on alert levels
  • A reminder - 10 things you need to know about Alert Level 2
  • Navigating a sea of information safely
  • Cost of care
  • Day 12 testing for close contacts
  • Changes to conditions for entry into New Zealand
  • Curriculum wellbeing leads
  • NCEA Change Programme
  • StudyIt forums reopen 21 September
  • Aotearoa New Zealand’s histories update
  • Raranga Matihiko - free online conference 28 September 

COVID-19 update 10 September(external link)

  • Granting domestic status to school-aged children unable to return home
  • Next steps for updating the physical restraint rules and guidelines
  • Revised and updated Relationships and Sexuality Education guide
  • Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori 2020 | Māori Language Week 2020
  • 180 Learning Support study awards for teachers and kaiako in 2021
  • Guidance for the General Election 2020
  • ShakeOut 2020
  • Free Apple (PLS) workshops for teachers
  • He Pikorua – new practice framework for learning support

COVID-19 update 8 September(external link)

  • Additional support for NCEA students due to continuing COVID disruption
  • ORS Response Fund
  • Weekly attendance information really matters!
  • Auckland Regional Public Health (ARPHS) – translated letters for your community
  • Wellbeing and mental health resource
  • Prime Minister’s Vocational Excellence Award
  • PLD update
  • Additional teacher only days 2021
  • Exams under different alert levels
  • New website for employment, education and training services
  • Replacement of Te Kete Ipurangi (TKI)
  • Youth19 survey findings now available
  • Transition Support Service – Oranga Tamariki
  • Discounted government e-bike scheme

COVID-19 update 4 September(external link)

  • Cabinet decision on COVID alert levels
  • Caring for Communities (C4C)
  • Mental wellbeing supports for young people
  • New mental health education and wellbeing resource for teachers
  • Music at Alert Level 2
  • Wearing of face masks/coverings on buses
  • Provisional notices available from Saturday 19 September
  • Feedback process and mini-pilot on draft NCEA Level 1 standards

COVID-19 update 1 September(external link)

  • Key messaging on face coverings in a school setting
  • Auckland Regional Public Health (ARPHS) – letters for you and your community
  • Contact tracing and self-isolation
  • Reminder about assemblies at Alert Level 2
  • Education outside the classroom at Alert Level 2
  • Managing staff leave at Alert Level 2
  • ClassroomNZ2020 free online session
  • Creatives in Schools applications extended
  • TeachNZ scholarship applications now open
  • Gifted learners awards extended
  • Awards for teachers of gifted learners now open

COVID-19 update 28 August(external link)

  • 10 things you need to know about Alert Level 2
  • Common questions
  • Translations of Alert Level 2 letter template – Auckland
  • September roll return

COVID-19 update 27 August(external link)

  • Face coverings update
  • FAQs – Face coverings in education settings
  • Returning to school
  • Letter template for parents – Auckland region
  • Letter template for parents – the remainder of New Zealand
  • Students returning to boarding schools and hostels
  • Secondary winter sports week
  • Preparing your classrooms for next week – travel exemptions
  • Changes of grades as part of the teacher aide pay equity settlement
  • Tomorrow’s Bulletin

COVID-19 update 25 August(external link)

  • Face coverings
  • Alert Level 3 - Auckland regional boundary restrictions
  • NCEA
  • Distance Learning
  • First Instalment of Teacher Aide Pay Equity settlement funding

COVID-19 update 24 August(external link)

  • Health and Safety at Alert Level 2
  • What has changed
    • Face coverings
  • Alert Level 2 information
    • Who can go to school
    • Who should not go to school
    • Health requirements at school
    • Public health measures at all alert levels
  • Letter templates for parents

COVID-19 update 21 August(external link)

  • Emergency payments for the contingent workforce (12 - 26 August 2020)
  • Auckland travel exemptions
  • Dangerous rumour circulating once more
  • Student elections update
  • Learning Support hard packs
  • Devices update
  • Borrowing to purchase or lease IT devices
  • QR code posters at all school construction sites
  • Revised contractor checklist for school-led projects at Alert Levels 2 and 3
  • Optional letter template for Board Chairs

COVID-19 update 19 August(external link)

  • Common questions
  • Helping children and young people while they are learning at home
  • Insurance cover for home learning computer devices – new supplies and existing stocks
  • Handling and distribution of Ministry of Education supplied devices and hard packs
  • Using Home Learning TV and Mauri Reo Mauri Ora to support your students
  • Salesforce closed for hard pack orders
  • Children learning from home
  • Temporary change to Additional Relief Teaching Funding
  • Funding for immediate costs due to COVID-19
  • International Student Transition Funding

COVID-19 update 18 August(external link)

  • Voluntary flexibility for some Year 12 and 13 students to return physically to school in Alert Level 3
  • Alert Level 2 common questions
  • Impact of new election date on schools
  • Clarity around COVID-19 test and treatment
  • COVID-19 information on our parent website
  • Advice around supporting international students

COVID-19 update 17 August(external link)

  • Flexibility to have senior secondary school students return under Alert Level 3
  • Further funding for devices
  • Auckland entry/exit exemptions
  • Hard packs

COVID-19 update 15 August(external link)

  • NCEA
  • Alert Level 3 information
    • Who can go to school
    • Who should not go to school
    • Distance learning
    • Health requirements at school
    • Managing staff at Alert Level 3 
    • School transport services
    • School construction projects
    • Letter template for parents
  • Alert Level 2 information
    • Who can go to school
    • Who should not go to school
    • Health requirements at school
    • Managing staff at Alert Level 2 
    • School transport services
    • School construction projects
    • Letter template for parents
  • Information that is common to Alert Levels 2 and 3
    • Public health requirements at all alert levels
    • Schools connected with possible or probable cases
    • Education FAQs – Face coverings: August 2020

COVID-19 update 14 August(external link)

COVID-19 update 13 August(external link)

  • Contact tracing
  • What to do if there are cases connected with your school or early learning service
  • Schools and early learning services are open at Alert Level 3
  • Face covering
  • Issuing devices at Alert Level 3
  • Distance learning support
  • Employment information

COVID-19 update 12 August(external link)

COVID-19 update(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
  • 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

COVID-19 update(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) (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

Calendar of key Ministry dates

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