Youth Guarantee Update September 2015 1. Levels 1 and 2 refinement In September 2014, the Ministry sought to refine the Vocational Pathways to ensure coherent, consistent, balanced assessment opportunities (with manageable progression) were available for learners across all six Vocational Pathways. The refinement also sought to provide better support for the development of high quality foundation learning programmes for all learners at National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) Level 2, including accurate assessment information that supported NCEA Level 2 achievement with a Vocational Pathways Award.
2016 is a transition year between the old and the new systems. In 2016, students will be able to gain a Vocational Pathways Award from EITHER the existing OR the refined pathways. Some standards currently identified as Sector Related may not be recognised as such in the refined pathways. However, in 2016 we will recognise all such standards as Sector Related. So, if a standard is Sector Related in either the existing or the refined pathways, it will be awarded as Sector-Related. The Award will include all standards identified for inclusion in both the existing and refined pathways.
From 2017, only the refined pathways will be available.
Assessment information has been provided to help with this transition period. On the spreadsheet you will find standards information for the existing and refined pathways, as well as the transition year.
Along with the release of the refined pathways the Ministry will also:
Update and put online all guidance and pathways material
Update the profile builder to include standards from both the existing and refined pathways, which also includes a new literacy and numeracy calculator
Include four examples of Level 2 learning programmes in the online guidance material
Include new information for learners and educators with regard to employability and work readiness
Update the Frequently Asked Questions for Vocational Pathways
It is anticipated that this information will be available by the 31st August 2015.
The Royal Society of New Zealand is delighted to be partnering with Caltex to launch ‘Fuel Your School’.
The application process is now open as of today. Schools can apply for up to $5,000 for resources which will help teachers with their teaching of science, technology and maths. Both Primary and Secondary schools are eligible. Entries close 20 September.
How it works
From July 27 to August 23, 2015, Caltex will donate NZ$0.25 for every applicable AA Smartfuel savings redemption at participating Caltex service stations, up to NZ$100,000 to help support school education across the country. Visit your participating neighborhood Caltex, reedem your AA Smartfuel savings and help support schools........
NZQA has the below Literacy and Numeracy 'Making Assessor Judgements' Best Practice Workshops scheduled for the remainder of 2015. The majority of these workshops still need more registrations before they are confirmed to run.
The workshops are split into 'schools' and 'TEOs' (1 workshop for secondary schools teachers and then a separate workshop for TEO tutors.)
This award is of monetary value and available to teachers at any New Zealand school within the meaning of the Education Act. The award is made in recognition of an individual’s outstanding contribution to the classroom teaching of mathematics. The general (but not exclusive) criteria for selection are:
an effective sequence or resource for teaching mathematics in primary or secondary school classes
a device for teaching some aspects of mathematics
a television, video, audio-visual or other communication programme on or for teaching mathematics
a paper proposing or examining a method of teaching mathematics
Teachers are encouraged to apply by requesting a form from the NZAMT secretary, Francis Leslie-Ellis (firstname.lastname@example.org) or downloading from the NZAMT website: