These teacher-only days will provide schools and kura with dedicated time to understand, prepare and engage with changes across The New Zealand Curriculum refresh, the redesign of Te Marautanga o Aotearoa, and shifts to strengthen NCEA. They are opportunities for kaiako to share ideas and expertise, and to grow their confidence in implementing the upcoming curriculum and assessment changes.
A Sector Advisory Group will advise on the planning for each teacher-only day. A key consideration is minimising clashes for schools and kura, and selecting dates to avoid regional or cultural events, interschool fixtures, and key NCEA assessment dates where possible.
The first teacher-only day in 2023 must be held in the first two weeks of Term 2: Monday 24 April – Friday 5 May 2023. Schools and kura will be able to pick any date within that two-week time-period to hold their first teacher-only day – based on what date best suits them and their community.
When planning these dates, we recommend that places of learning coordinate a common day with other schools and kura in the area. This will provide kaiako and leaders with more opportunities for collaboration and minimise disruption to whānau.
The focus of each day
Schools and kura can tailor teacher-only days to meet their needs, by focusing on whichever curriculum and assessment changes they choose. We recognise each place of learning will be at a different stage in their change journey, so we’re encouraging selection of a focus that matters most to them, their kaiako, ākonga, whānau, and hapori.
Focus might include:
becoming more familiar with the new Understand, Know, Do progressions
getting to know Te Tamaiti Hei Raukura and the four Pou
developing learning experiences that reflect local aspirations in marau ā-kura.
Resources and supports to help with planning
We will provide schools and kura with a ‘resource menu’ – a list of available resources and possible focus points to support teacher-only day planning.