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.

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Latest regular issue

Ministry Bulletin for School Leaders | He Pitopito Kōrero Issue 147 – 3 August 2021(external link)

  • Message from Iona

Critical

  • COVID-19 vaccination programme

Need to know

  • Immigration and residency concerns
  • Support around respect, relationships and consent
  • Have your say on draft NCEA Level 1 subject content
  • Accord Teacher Only Days for secondary schools and wharekura
  • NCEA requirements are changing
  • Call for expressions of interest: four NCEA pilots in 2022
  • Consultation on what ‘high-value’ means for international education is now open
  • Creatives in Schools applications closing soon
  • Applications are now open for the Gifted Learners Awards
  • Term 2 attendance collection ends this week
  • 2022 Provisional Staffing and Funding Entitlement
  • October 2021 Operational Grant (Quarter 4)
  • Technology changes for schools applications
  • COVID-19 Regional Support Scheme reminder
  • The need for regular safety checking

Heads up

  • Introducing the Curriculum Advisory Group
  • Education Gazette content freeze
  • Mānawatia a Matariki resource pack
  • Tips to keep your school cybersafe
  • Survey of ākonga and whānau receiving computers and internet connections
  • TELA+ device update
  • Communities of Learning | Kāhui Ako – change to Staffing Entitlement Notice
  • New code of practice for the pastoral care of tertiary and international learners
  • Changes to minimum sick leave entitlement
  • Residential specialist schools only pathway change
  • Updated information on mould
  • Advice on mitigating common building compliance issues
  • Save the date – Infrastructure Sector Forum 7 September

Special editions 2021

Note: The information in these bulletins was current at the time of publication.

Please refer to the Unite Against COVID-19 website for the most recent COVID-19 information or contact your regional Ministry office for Ministry specific information such as attendance data submission, PLD etc.

Unite Against COVID-19(external link)

Local education offices

Special updates

COVID-19 update – 26 July(external link)

COVID-19 update – 29 June(external link)

  • Wellington region moving to Alert Level 1

COVID-19 update – 27 June(external link)

  • Alert Level 2 – Wellington region for a further 48 hours
  • Rest of NZ – Alert Level 1

COVID-19 update – 24 June(external link)

  • Guidance for schools on staff matters at Alert Level 2
  • Support on application for relievers and casual staff impacted by Alert Level 2 COVID-19 restrictions

COVID-19 update – 23 June(external link)

  • Alert Level 2: Wellington region
  • Alert Level 1: all of New Zealand excluding Wellington region

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 146 – 6 July 2021(external link)

  • Message from Iona

Critical

  • COVID-19 vaccination programme

Need to know

  • New class border exception for overseas teachers
  • The future of New Zealand’s youth at risk of limited employment outcomes
  • Clarification – domestic status for unlawful students with learning support needs
  • Check your ENROL data is ready for TARG funding calculation
  • COVID-19 regional support scheme 2021
  • Private schools 2020 annual audited financial statements
  • Accord Teacher Only Days for secondary schools and wharekura
  • ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) funding applications
  • He Tono i ngā Kupu Whakapuaki i te Hiahia Whai Wāhi Mai: Te Marautanga o Aotearoa – ngā paerewa i te Kaupae 1 o te NCEA
  • Call for expressions of interest: Te Marautanga o Aotearoa NCEA Level 1 standards
  • Cybersecurity breaches

Heads up

  • Matariki online resources 2021
  • Youth health and wellbeing survey
  • Prime Minister’s Vocational Excellence Award
  • Notice to fix for state schools that require a BWOF
  • Term 2 and 3 – regionally-allocated PLD round
  • Webinar series – strengthening through PLD updated schedule
  • Strategy development for literacy and mathematics
  • Early literacy approach update
  • Tō Kōrero – Mātauranga Motuhake I Learning Support Satisfaction Survey results and next survey
  • The Inter-Yeti online safety resource
  • Term 3: Free virtual Apple education workshops

Ministry Bulletin for School Leaders | He Pitopito Kōrero Issue 145 – 22 June 2021(external link)

  • Message from Iona

Critical

  • Provisions for COVID-19 vaccinations
  • Information about the COVID-19 vaccine programme
  • Te Rito deployment pausing

Need to know

  • Student elections for board representatives
  • July Roll Return
  • Public engagement on NCEA subjects
  • Survey on support for English Language Learners
  • Apply now for Creatives in Schools funding
  • Orders closing soon – Aotearoa New Zealand’s histories books for schools

Heads up

  • 2021 Prime Minister’s Education Excellence Awards finalists
  • Resourcing Contact Centre
  • School-based health service enhancement project
  • Bullying-Free NZ Week competition
  • NZQA online learning resources
  • School leaver tertiary scholarships in the building sector
  • VLN Primary School – registrations invited for online programmes starting Term 3

Ministry Bulletin for School Leaders | He Pitopito Kōrero Issue 144 – 8 June 2021(external link)

  • Message from Iona

Need to know

  • COVID-19 anti-vaccination misinformation
  • School bus procurement outcome
  • National Education Growth Plan 2030 (NEGP) update
  • Unit standards, industry training organisations, and Vocational Entrance Award
  • New funding and support available for Pacific bilingual and immersion programmes

Heads up

  • Teacher Aide PLD Pilot funding closes 11 June
  • Applications for Creatives in Schools open 18 June
  • Aotearoa New Zealand’s histories public consultation closed
  • Access to Period Products
  • Strategies for literacy and mathematics & statistics
  • Update on the New Zealand Curriculum refresh
  • Get into Gaming!
  • Webinars: building a stronger understanding of the PLD Priorities through the work of the PLD Provider network
  • No vaping/Smokefree stickers
  • Reminder: 22 June Infrastructure Sector Forum

Ministry Bulletin for School Leaders | He Pitopito Kōrero Issue 143 – 25 May 2021(external link)

  • Message from Iona

Need to know

  • The 2021 Wellbeing Budget Package
  • Assembly Student Management System
  • June Roll Return
  • July Roll Return
  • COVID-19 emergency payment scheme
  • Banking staffing monitoring process
  • Operational Funding Notification
  • Tapasā PLD funding
  • New teacher resource for reading comics
  • Webinars: building a stronger understanding of the PLD Priorities
  • Closing soon: public consultation on Aotearoa New Zealand’s histories draft curriculum content
  • Aotearoa New Zealand’s histories books for schools: orders now open

Heads up

  • New AoG office supplies contract launch
  • No vaping notices
  • SESTA application form moves online
  • Register for 22 June Infrastructure Sector Forum
  • Free tool to get evidence and insights for school review and planning

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

  • Message from Iona

Critical

  • 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

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

  • Message from Iona

Critical

  • 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

Critical

  • 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

Critical

  • 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

Critical

  • 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

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2021 He Pitopito Kōrero

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