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Ministry funded professional learning and development

Professional learning and development  

The Ministry of Education's website provides information on Ministry-funded PLD for schools, kura, Kāhui Ako, and clusters.

Supports are provided on the website for using the online PLD application system. 

The national priorities for professional learning and development (PLD)

The national priorities support teachers and kaiako to provide more responsive and rich learning experiences for all ākonga and students. 

Schools, kura and Kāhui Ako can apply for PLD against the new priorities in Term 4 for delivery in Term 1 2021.

English medium settings priorities Māori medium settings priorities
  • Cultural capability
  • Local curriculum design
  • Assessment for learning
  • Mātauranga and te reo Māori
  • Marau ā-kura
  • Aromatawai

Digital fluency remains a priority for teachers and leaders in all schools and kura.

  • Digital fluency is about supporting teachers/kaiako and ākonga/students to confidently and effectively use digital technologies to enhance teaching and learning outcomes.
  • Digital fluency includes being an adept producer of digital content and understanding the social costs and benefits associated with digital technologies, including issues of access and equity.
  • Digital fluency is about helping ākonga/students to develop skills in critical literacy in digital contexts, and to recognise how language, symbol and text affect understanding and communications.
More information from the Ministry of Education »

Information, examples, and resources that support working toward national priorities

English medium settings priorities Enabling e-learning pages
Cultural capability
Local curriculum design
Assessment for learning
Digital fluency

Digital technology PLD supports

Technology Online

  • Digital technologies professional learning
    Teachers and kaiako can access a range of supports to build their confidence in ensuring that students have access to rich learning opportunities in digital technologies and hangarau matihiko curriculum content.
  • Digital technologies implementation support tool 2020  

    This tool gives a model process and plan to support schools with teaching the revised Technology Learning Area. It is for school leaders, school teams, clusters of schools, and boards of trustees to help with change planning.

NZ Curriculum Online

Leading local curriculum design in the revised technology learning area (PDF, 3 MB)

This guide is for technology curriculum leaders in primary and secondary schools. The guide outlines why learning in technology is so important for students and summarises what has changed in the learning area. It describes four high-impact practices to help you design and implement a school curriculum that will enable all your students to become confident technology learners.

PLD programmes

Kia Takatū ā-Matihiko | Digital Readiness programme

The programme is available for three years and free to NZ educators. It is designed to prepare all teachers and kaiako to teach the content in the new technological areas: 

  •  computational thinking for digital technologies 
  • designing and developing digital outcomes. 

Raranga Matihiko | Weaving Digital Futures   

As part of the Ministry of Education Digital Technologies for All Equity fund, the Raranga Matihiko programme delivers innovative digital technologies to those with limited digital learning opportunities, while increasing access to national and local exhibitions and collections.

This programme is provided at no cost to the school. The costs covered include Teacher Release Day (TRD) for one planning day, transport while visiting the museum, facilitation, and technology use.

Digital Ignition | Māpura Matihiko programme

  • Designed for years 3–10. Workshops are provided for English and Māori medium.
  • The programme has six modules. Each module consists of three one-hour workshops delivered by professional facilitators. Each module is loosely related to a corresponding year group.
  • Content is fully mapped to the DT & HM curricula.
  • Workshops are available for English medium or Māori medium schools/kura free of charge.
  • Delivery is centred mainly around Auckland and Christchurch regions. Regional delivery of the programme is booked for Waikato, Wellington, and Hawke's Bay in term 4, 2018.
  • For more information or to register for a booking: Digital Ignition | Māpura Matihiko programme »

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