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The Ministry of Education provides software for schools to support with the management of student and teacher data.

The Ministry currently offers fully-funded software packages for state and state-integrated schools.

Microsoft school software agreement

The Ministry of Education Microsoft Enrolment for Education Solutions (EES) agreement has been extended to 31 December 2018.

Schools now have a choice of cloud-delivered or traditional on-premise software, new tools to manage mobile devices, and free Office software for students’ and teachers’ personal devices.

Symantec antivirus software

Licensing and support arrangements for Symantec SEP anti-virus software run through to 31 December 2015.

Apple software - Ministry of Education software agreement

Apple now provides their main operating system and office productivity software for free. You can still keep using software provided under the Ministry’s former agreement with Apple.

Novell School Software Agreement

The Ministry of Education has an ongoing agreement with Novell to provide software to New Zealand schools.

SketchUp Pro licensing
  • The SketchUp Pro licence rights expire on 31 July 2016.
  • SketchUp Pro is available for Windows and Mac OS X platforms.

If you have further questions contact the Ministry's ICT Helpdesk »

Schools receive Government-funded services to help them provide a safe and secure online environment for students and teachers.

For state and state-integrated schools not connected to the Network for Learning (N4L) Managed Network, the Ministry has arrangements with Watchdog and Spark for web filtering, email filtering, and firewall services.

As state, state-integrated, and partnership schools connect to the N4L Managed Network they are offered content filtering and firewall services as a core, funded part of their managed network package. Schools connected to the Managed Network will progressively move off their Ministry-funded Watchdog, SchoolZone, or Websense services as the N4L content filtering and firewall offerings cover their needs.

No content filtering solution or firewall can guarantee full protection. It is important for schools to consider additional measures such as digital citizenship and cyber-safety programmes.

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School management systems perform two main functions:

  1. Administration of student and staff information
  2. Management of curriculum and pedagogical resources

Contact vendors of school management systems »

The Ministry’s SMS project has now finished, and the main funding assistance offer for schools to move to an accredited SMS has ended. The Ministry continues to work with both accredited and non-accredited SMS vendors to provide data sharing services to schools.

Student management systems – ongoing strategy and use

The Ministry has launched an initiative to consider the ongoing strategy and use of Student Management Systems (SMS). This will be a collaborative programme of work, in partnership with schools and the wider education sector. The Ministry wants to facilitate input from as wide a range of people as possible.

Ministry of Education information

Contacting vendors of school management systems 

Contact details for vendors of software for managing students and teachers, including:

  • Student management systems (SMS)
  • Learning management systems (LMS)
  • Early notification systems (EN)
  • Identity and access management solutions (IAM)

Sharing data from your Student Management Systems

  • Information about the modules and systems compatible with each SMS such as ENROL, NSN, EN, SRT and IDE.

Transferring data between schools 

  • Information about how to get and use the Student Record Transfer (SRT) system, which electronically transfers student data between schools.

An explanation of how to transfer data using SRT.

The Ministry of Education has a range of initiatives to improve student attendance and engagement in schools.

  • Managing student attendance
  • Early notification – messages about absences – A text and email messaging service for sending customised messages to groups. It also provides a return path to the school’s register to update the reasons for a student’s absence. Early notification (EN) is not compulsory, but it significantly simplifies recording absences. EN is used together with the electronic Attendance Register (eAR) module of the school's Student Management System (SMS).
  • Electronic Attendance Register (eAR) tracks attendance – How to use the eAR, applying to get it, codes for recording attendance, and resources about using it.
  • Attendance services – Attendance Services combines the Non-Enrolled Truancy Service (NETS) and the District Truancy Service (DTS) into one integrated service to support schools and students to manage and improve attendance.

MyPortfolio provides a personal learning environment to record and showcase evidence of achievement, manage development plans, set goals, and create online learning communities. 

Currently registration is free for New Zealand Schools. MyPortfolio works with any Learning Management System (LMS) supplied by the Ministry’s vendors.

The Ministry recognises that e-portfolio tools are an important teaching and learning resource. From September 2015, over the next two years, the Ministry will investigate long-term options for e-portfolio solutions.


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