he pitopito kōrero

He Pitopito Kōrero
Issue 178

18 June 2024
he pitopito kōrero

He Pitopito Kōrero

Issue 178
18 June 2024

Ngā mihi o te ata 

This year, Matariki will be celebrated from 29 June to 6 July, with a public holiday on 28 June.

Schools | kura can find educational resources on the Matariki website:

Matariki and education – Matariki.co.nz

Kia ora rawa atu


Achieving the NCEA co-requisite from 2024

Starting this year, all learners need to achieve the 20-credit co-requisite specific to te reo matatini, pāngarau, literacy and numeracy to be awarded any level of NCEA.

Credits achieved under the old standards (before 2024) will still count towards the NCEA co-requisite if they were completed entirely (the full set of te reo matatini/literacy and pāngarau/numeracy standards). But from 2024, students must achieve the required 10 credits in te reo matatini/literacy or 10 credits in pāngarau/numeracy from the current list of approved standards.

Credits achieved towards the NCEA co-requisite before 2024 can only be used during the 2024–2025 transition years if they come from the approved standards list. For example, if a student achieved numeracy credits before 2024 from standards that are in the approved standards list, those credits can be carried forward and contribute towards their NCEA numeracy requirement in 2024.

Students who achieved some te reo matatini/literacy or pāngarau/numeracy credits under the old standards can use them towards the 60 course credits required for their NCEA qualification. Those credits will also be included in their record of achievement. 

Standards approved for NCEA co-requisite for 2024 and 2025 – NCEA Education

NCEA co-requisite learning outcomes available

New resources that identify the knowledge and skills that students need to be ready for the NCEA literacy and numeracy Common Assessment Activities (CAA) or tūmahi aromatawai pātahi (TAPA) are now available.

NCEA co-requisite learning outcomes for Te Reo Torohū, Te Reo Whakaputa, Pāngarau, Reading, Writing and Numeracy make clear to teachers what to include in their teaching and learning programmes and what student capabilities to check for in the lead-up to assessment. They should be used with the full suite of NCEA materials.

Te Reo Matatani – NCEZ Education

Pāngarau – NCEA Education

Literacy – NCEA Education

Numeracy – NCEA Education

Schools as immunisation hubs

If your board wants your school to become an immunisation hub to offer on-site immunisation services to your community, the National Public Health Service at Te Whatu Ora can help you organise this.

Email Immunisation@health.govt.nz for advice and assistance. 

Term 2 2024 attendance data collection

For most schools attendance data will be submitted automatically by your student management system (SMS).

For others, we request your updated Term 2 data is ready for submission via your SMS by 5pm, 5 July.

If you provide usable data we will create and distribute Every Day Matters Reports during the term break. Advice and support can be reached at Everydaymatters@education.govt.nz

Resources to support recording student attendance can be found on our website:

Attendance code resources – Ministry of Education 

July roll return

The July roll count date is 1 July with returns due no later than 8 July. Refer to the School Roll Return Guidelines for more information on completing your return. 

School Roll Return Guidelines – Education Counts

If you don’t use a student management system, you must complete the manual roll return excel form provided on the Education Counts website and submit this via the Secure Data Portal. 

School Roll Return Forms (July 2023) – Education Counts

Secure Data Portal (SDP) – Application and Online Systems

If you have any questions about your July roll return process, please email school.returns@education.govt.nz.

Supplementary questions survey

If you have primary aged students, your school will be emailed a personalised link to a web form for the supplementary question part of the July roll return. Your predicted rolls are no longer required.

Do not share the link and complete by the survey by 8 July, when it will close.

If you have not received this link by 26 June, check your junk or spam folder, before contacting school.returns@education.govt.nz.

Estimated pay equity and collective agreement funding and 2023 wash-up calculation

On 1 July, you will receive the next instalment of estimated funding for non-teaching pay equity settlements and collective agreements. This includes the annual wash-up calculation based on complete payroll data for the 2023 year. Payment will be made via Pourato under the payment type Non-teach support PE and CA funding.’

A letter detailing this funding alongside information on the 2023 wash-up calculation will be made available via the Secure Data Portal (SDP) on 27 June. 

We encourage you to download and retain a copy of your funding letter from the SDP, as this letter will only be available on the SDP for a 6-month period. 

Further information about pay equity settlements and collective agreements can be found on our website:

Pay equity funding – Ministry of Education

Non-teaching staff – Ministry of Education

Email operational.support@education.govt.nz if you have any queries.

Resourcing deadlines

Heat, light and water one-off cost reimbursements for self-supply schools

If you aren’t connected to town water supply or part of a district sewage disposal scheme, the deadline to apply for reimbursements of 2023 costs is 21 June. To apply for any costs from 2023 to now, submit a copy of your invoices, a ledger and an application form to resourcing@education.govt.nz

Heat, light and water one-off costs application [DOCX, 60.9 KB]

Review of heat, light and water allocation for 2023 deadline

In exceptional circumstances, such as if your school adds new classrooms, you can apply for a review of your heat, light and water funding allocation. The deadline to apply for a review of the 2023 allocation is 21 June. To apply for a review, submit a copy of your invoices, a ledger and an application form to resourcing@education.govt.nz

Heat, light and water allocation review application [DOCX, 84.9 KB]

Year 7 and 8 technology providers

Confirm that the ‘Relationships’ screen in Pourato is accurate and reflects the current technology provider and client arrangement you have with other schools. The deadline for change of technology provider applications is 2 August for the 2025 school year.

Change of technology provider application [DOCX, 92.9 KB]

If the change of technology provider is approved, you will need to complete a new memorandum of understanding before the technology staffing will be allocated to the new provider.

Technology Memorandum of Understanding [DOCX, 81.5 KB]

Technology provision for Years 7 and 8 – Ministry of Education 

If you have any questions about changing your technology provider, contact your local Te Mahau office or resourcing@education.govt.nz

You can see the resourcing key dates on our website:

Resourcing: Operational funding and staff entitlements – Ministry of Education

2023 financial reporting and audit process

Audit delays have once again impacted the completion of this year’s annual financial reporting. This may mean that your auditor was unable to complete your audit by the 31 May reporting deadline. Many auditors have already contacted their schools directly to explain the delay they have experienced this year. 

Auditors will not require you to report a breach of the 31 May deadline if you have provided draft financial statements by 31 March, and if other information the auditor has asked for has been supplied in a timely manner. 

If you have been impacted, we encourage you to agree revised timeframes with your auditor and to continue to respond to queries as soon as you are able to, so that your audit can be completed as soon as possible. 

The Office of the Auditor-General will explain the reasons for any delays in their report on the results of the 2023 school audits.

Our school finance advisors continue to be available to support you, if you have any questions or concerns regarding your financial reporting.

School finance contacts – Ministry of Education

Notice of significant changes for timetabling

From 28 January 2025, non-contact time for secondary part-time teachers will be proportionate to that of full-time teachers. Timetables will have to take this into account for part-time teachers whose employment continues into 2025 and when employing new part-time teachers. The 11% loading part-time teachers currently receive will end from January 2025.

Affected teachers are part-time teachers covered by the Secondary Teachers’ Collective Agreement 2022-2025, and those teaching years 7 to 13 covered by the Area School Teachers’ Collective Agreement 2023-2025 or the individual employment agreements based on these two collective agreements.

Detailed guidance will be provided to schools in Term 3.

Professional learning and development for structured approaches to literacy and te reo matatini

Funding applications are now open for the first cohort of new Ministry-funded professional learning and development (PLD) for structured approaches to literacy and te reo matatini. 

Teachers of students in Years 0-3 will be prioritised, particularly those who have not had any prior training in structured teaching approaches. 

The deadline for applications is 1 July.

Applications for a second cohort will be invited from early September 2024.

For more information visit the PLD website:

PLD for structured literacy and te reo matatini approaches – Professional Learning and Development

New learning support priorities

In April Education Minister Hon Erica Stanford announced six priorities for education, including targeting effective learning support interventions for students | ākonga with additional needs: 

Education priorities focused on lifting achievement – Beehive.govt.nz

Key features of this work include:  

  • operational changes to make the system easier to navigate and to improve data collection  
  • creating a data-driven funding model that is focused on delivering high-quality interventions, programmes, and supports
  • optimising the learning support workforce  
  • building teacher capability to meet diverse learning needs, and  
  • developing a network plan for specialist and alternative provision.  

This work was informed by insights and information from the Highest Needs Review. Development of the work programme for this priority is underway and we will provide updates here:

Targeting learning support for better student achievement – Ministry of Education

Funded internet connections to end on 30 June

All funded internet connections that we manage as part of the Government’s COVID-19 Response package will end on 30 June.  

We have worked with internet service providers (ISPs) and partners to provide opportunities to transition these households to low-cost ongoing solutions. 

We will directly contact all affected whānau with information about alternative service arrangements, including costs, benefits and commitments. 

Whānau will have the option to remain with their current supplier, take up a low-cost offer with another provider or to not take up an offer through this service. In any of these cases, whānau will not have to return their modems. 

If you have any questions about this and/or if you are aware of any for households with learners that experienced access and affordability challenges, encourage their whānau to contact our digital equity team on 0800 441 844 or support@edos.kiwi. 

Ventilation for schools

Making sure indoor spaces are well ventilated and have lots of fresh air is recommended. Good ventilation helps slow the spread of a range of viruses including COVID-19, flu and measles.

The best way to achieve good ventilation is to open windows and doors, either fully or partially, whenever you can. The exception to this is spaces that are fitted with ducted air conditioning systems which do not rely on opening windows to bring in fresh air. 

Follow our guidance to fine-tune your buildings’ ventilation strategies to maintain comfortable indoor temperatures while achieving good ventilation. 

Ventilation for school buildings – Ministry of Education

Prevent mould in schools this winter

Mould and fungi grow more easily during colder seasons due to elevated moisture levels in the air. Cleaning more frequently this time of the year is highly recommended. 

Prevent mould build by following these four simple steps:

  • Keep gutters clear and always check for possible leaks.
  • Open windows whenever possible or use dehumidifiers to reduce moisture build up.
  • Regularly clean surfaces that get wet or show signs of condensation.
  • Always check interior surfaces for mould – and remove it as soon as possible.

Check out the Guide to Mould Mitigation and Management on our website to learn more about our suggested cleaning regime to prevent mould:

Mould: A guide for mould mitigation and management [PDF, 364 KB]

Managing asbestos in schools – Ministry of Education

New support Tāhūrangi videos

New ‘how to’ videos have been published on Tāhūrangi to help teachers | kaiako learn more about the site. These are part of the teacher-only day resources developed for schools and kura. 

Find out more on Tāhūrangi:

Getting to know Tāhūrangi - Tāhūrangi

Te poipoi kaiako | Mentor support programme

The programme provides guidance for mentors and mentees on their journey towards full certification and ongoing professional learning development.

There will be three webinars between 26 June to 2 July. In these webinars, a panel of experienced mentors will share their experiences establishing induction programmes for provisional teachers and Pia and discuss what has and has not worked for them.

To register and find out more visit the Tātai Aho Rau Core Education website: 

Te poipoi kaiako | Mentor support programme – Tātai Aho Rau Core Education 

Digital currency

The Reserve Bank of New Zealand wants to hear from rangatahi about the idea of digital currency.  You can read more about this on the Education Gazette:

Creating digital cash for Aotearoa – Education Gazette, 10 June

See the reserve bank website for more information on digital currency:

What is digital cash? – Reserve Bank of New Zealand