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Tools for improving schoolwide practice

Online tools to support Communities of Learning | Kāhui Ako, school leaders, and teachers improve their practice and collaborate.

Progress and consistency tool (PaCT)

What the tool does

  • PaCT supports consistent judgments of student progress and achievement in reading, writing and mathematics in Years 1–8.
  • PaCT assists Communities of Learning share consistent data on learner progress.

The Learning Progressions Frameworks are a key part of PaCT.

The learning progression frameworks

What the tool does

  • The frameworks show the significant steps that learners take as they develop in reading, writing and mathematics from Years 1–10.
  • The frameworks clarify the expected knowledge and skills that students need to develop in Years 9 and 10, to support success in NCEA and beyond.
  • Communities of Learning can download the Learning Progression app from the Apple and Google Play stores or access the framework online.

Teaching and school practices survey tool

Developed by NZCER.

What the tool does

  • The survey tool provides a Community of Learning | Kāhui Ako, school, or kura, with information and insight about teaching practices, school processes and leadership capability that can be used for inquiry, review and planning.
  • The survey takes 15–20 minutes for a teacher and 10–15 minutes for a principal to complete.

Local curriculum design toolkit

The first three parts of the Community of Learning |Kāhui Ako Local Curriculum Design Toolkit will be released to all Kāhui Ako in Term 4 2017. The final two will be available before the end of 2017.
The Design Toolkit is made up of five tools.

What the tool does

  • The toolkit assists communities to build a shared local curriculum, focused on supporting children and young people across the entire 0 to 18 education pathway.

Te Waharoa Ararau (TWA)

This tool is available to all kura and Māori medium settings who use Ngā Whanaketanga Rumaki Māori – Pāngarau and Te Reo Matatini with their year 1–8 students.

What the tool does

  • TWA collates and reports overall teacher judgments in one place, so that teachers and kura can build a picture of how student achievement is progressing in relation to te reo matatini (literacy) and pāngarau (numeracy).
  • Kura can collect and report individual student achievement information in relation to Ngā Whanaketanga Rumaki Māori.

Positive Behaviour for Learning (PB4L) & PB4L School-wide (PB4L-SW)

What the tool does

  • PB4L provides schools with a process for teaching social and behavioural skills to support learning, engagement and retention at school. 
  • PB4L can be applied in individual schools and across Communities of Learning.

Wellbeing Toolkit

Developed by NZCER.

What the tool does 

The toolkit supports primary, intermediate, and secondary schools to engage in a review process and build inclusive practices for all learners by exploring how different layers of school life contribute to creating a safe and caring climate that deters bullying.

Inclusive Practices Toolkit

Developed by NZCER.

What the tool does

The toolkit provides access to surveys and tools which explore the extent to which a school includes all students in all aspects of school life.

Everyone's In: An inclusive planning tool

What the tool does

The planning tool:

  • helps teachers develop a classroom curriculum that works for all students, from the outset
  • provides a sample of inclusive strategies to get teachers thinking about what they do already and could be done differently
  • helps teachers create a customised plan of inclusive strategies for teaching and learning
  • saves plans for future use.

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