Assessment and professional support
- This key community covers assessment in the classroom, effective use of evidence, and reporting to families and whānau. It offers news, assessment tools and resources, research, a glossary, FAQ, and related links.
- The linked site
Consider the Evidence promotes "evidence-driven decision making for secondary schools" and supports secondary educators in making best use of evidence to improve student achievement.
- For a view of how assessment can best serve learning, see
Directions for Assessment in New Zealand, a report by Michael Absolum, Lester Flockton, John Hattie, Rosemary Hipkins, and Ian Reid (also available as a Word or PDF file).
In 2007, ERO published reports on schools’ effectiveness in the collection and use of assessment:
Follow links to the National Qualifications Framework, NCEA, and subject achievement standards.
Students can go to this website to find useful, accurate, online information. Librarians from all over New Zealand are available each weekday between 1pm and 6pm to help students search online. To use AnyQuestions, students must be attending a New Zealand primary, intermediate, or secondary school or being home schooled.
Curriculum services support teaching programmes, including books and audiovisuals (videos/DVDs). Check out the website for services currently available.
This website supports education for sustainability, which should be a starting point when looking for resources.
This site provides pages specific to the following senior subjects: business studies, classical studies, economics, geography, history, and senior social studies (see links under 'Senior secondary' on the landing page).
Social Sciences Online also provides PDFs of titles in the Ministry of Education series Building Conceptual Understandings in the Social Sciences (BCUSS). (These are listed in 'Featured content', right navigation.)
- Approaches to building conceptual understandings
- Approaches to social inquiry
- Being part of a global community
- Belonging and participating in society
Although the BCUSS series is designed to help teachers of levels 1–5, it is strongly recommended to senior social science teachers.
This website has resources for teachers and students – offers unit plans, student readings on various EfS topics.
This website supports sustainable development.
Ministry of Education websites
Ka Hikitia is a five-year strategy that aims to transform and change the education sector, ensuring that Māori are able to enjoy education success as Māori.
Specific guidance for school leaders and teachers on integrating the key competencies into the daily activities of the school and its teaching and learning programmes.
As well as the HTML version of The New Zealand Curriculum, this interactive site offers a variety of support and strategies, news updates, digital stories of schools’ experiences, and archived material relating to development of the curriculum.
Find information quickly and easily, including policy, initiatives, publications, research results, and services and funding.
A range of information, tools, and resources to support secondary middle leaders as they lead change in relation to The New Zealand Curriculum and
Ministry of Education priorities.
This site includes an English translation of the main sections of the marautanga. Only learning levels 1, 4, and 6 have been translated in the learning areas.
This Ministry of Education professional development strategy focuses on improving outcomes for Māori students in English-medium schools. This strategy supports four main projects:
Ako Panuku, and
Te Mana Kōrero.
BES is a collaborative knowledge-building strategy designed to strengthen the evidence base that informs education policy and practice in New Zealand. See in particular:
Effective Pedagogy in Social Sciences/Tikanga ā Iwi Best Evidence Synthesis Iteration [BES] (2008).
Other government agency websites
The Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment has a number of publications and useful links for sustainability.
This site offers information about New Zealand’s emissions, emissions trading, projected impacts, international negotiations and obligations, and overall approach to climate change.
The department provides information and resources to support conservation education programmes in schools, including field trips and activities. Specific resources for level 2 have been developed, including one at Mt Cook Aoraki. This is targeted at geography but includes an assessment activity for AS90811. See also the Waitaki unit. This has a biology angle about endangered species.
This environmental research centre specialises in sustainable management of land resources optimising primary production, enhancing biodiversity, increasing the resource efficiency of businesses, and conserving and restoring the natural assets of our communities. The website includes a comprehensive education section.
This is a very useful website that has up to date information and resources.
MfE’s mission is environmental stewardship, kaitiakitanga, for a prosperous New Zealand. Reference to the
Resource Management Act 1991 (RMA) is included.
NIWA is New Zealand’s leading provider of atmospheric and aquatic science. The website includes research, educational material, publications, maps, FAQ, teachers’ and students’ sections, and links to the various NIWA national centres and information about the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
Search for sustainability or population or explore the schools corner.
The following websites have been recommended as helpful by teachers.
New Zealand organisations
The foundation is a charitable trust that provides support and strategic direction for a nationwide environmental education programme. The Foundation’s vision is to foster a generation of innovative and motivated young people who instinctively think and act sustainably.
An environmental organisation comprised of resource management professionals who are committed to improving environmental outcomes.
Forest and Bird works to preserve New Zealand’s natural heritage and native species. They also co-ordinate hands-on restoration projects and educate people about environmental issues through their children’s club, Kiwi Conservation Club, publications, and public awareness campaigns.
Greenpeace has campaigned on many environmenatal issues over the years. This website is its New Zealand portal.
LEARNZ runs virtual field trips throughout the school year. This website includes background resources, student activities, teacher support, and curriculum ideas, and it prepares students for the field trips in the weeks leading up to the virtual field experience.
NZAEE is a non-profit organisation working to promote and support environmental education, lifelong learning, and sustainable behaviour throughout New Zealand/Aotearoa. It provides information on a wide variety of environmental issues for individuals, schools, community groups, and businesses.
The trust aims to help New Zealanders make a positive difference to the planet through activities that encourage environmental awareness and action. In partnerships with the Ministry of Education and NIWA, it administers the Sir Peter Blake Environmental Educator Award, and the Sea and Learn hands-on science shipboard education programme, and also supports young New Zealanders to attend the United Nations Environment Programme International Children’s Conference on the Environment, which is held every two years.
This national organisation provides resources for community education but has available teaching resources designed specifically for use in a level 2 NCEA classroom, which can be requested through the site.
The Trade Aid home page links to such things as shop locations, educational resources, trading partners, food for thought, or details of how to get involved. A number of school resources are aimed at junior level, such as two units on environmental justice, but other material may be relevant for senior classes.
This social networking site links the various groups and organisations around New Zealand transitioning toward a post-peak-oil future.
World Vision provides an educational experience for students about world issues. A variety of resources includes Internet connections, simulation games, posters, and NCEA internal assessments with teacher resource folders. Most of these are free to download, while others can be purchased online.
WWF New Zealand promotes positive action to reduce the impacts of climate change, campaigns to stop dolphins and seabirds being caught by fishers, and educates the next generation about the importance of managing our precious environment more sustainably.
This agency is an independent activist education initiative working in the Australia-Pacific region to help people achieve social and environmental change. The resources include interesting readings, workshop tools, and key ideas for taking action that support development of key competencies. The agency’s byline is "listen deeply, reflect critically, strategise effectively, make change happen".
This website links to a large variety of downloadable resources, many of which bring together social justice and environmental issues.
Amnesty International campaigns on a wide range of issues to protect and defend human rights.
This site offers a variety of scenarios about possible responses to peak oil and climate change. There is a great deal of reading but also an illuminating photo gallery. The information is from the perspective of a highly committed 'green' – David Holmgren, co-originator of permaculture.
GreenChoices is about the choices we can make in our everyday lives to protect our environment, providing simple, direct information on green alternatives, which make a real, lasting difference.
This site includes an excellent education section with resource books on climate change and a downloadable executive summary.
This section of the Ministry for the Environment website outlines implications of climate change for New Zealand, what New Zealand is doing about it, and their reporting commitments.
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is the leading international body for the assessment of climate change. It was established by the
United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the
World Meteorological Organization (WMO) in 1988 to provide the world with a clear scientific view on the current state of knowledge in climate change and its potential environmental and socio-economic impacts. In the same year, the UN General Assembly
endorsed the action by WMO and UNEP in jointly establishing the IPCC.
This site describes various events, organisations, and individuals meeting the carbon challenge. Through this programme, people can
buy and sell carbon credits.
This site is supported by the American-based action group Focus the Nation and Climate Change Education.org, a group from the University of California, Berkeley. It is a portal site dedicated to education on climate change, offering a variety of K–12 resources, both interdisciplinary and subject specific, together with links to videos, experiments, and other sites of interest.
A six-part BBC series on sustainable development.
This American site currently offers calculators for three countries – the United States, Canada, and Australia.
The Greendex is a quantitative consumer study of 17 000 consumers in a total of 17 countries (14 in 2008), who were asked about such behaviour as energy use and conservation, transportation choices, food sources, the relative use of green products versus traditional products, attitudes towards the environment and sustainability, and knowledge of environmental issues.
This American-based public policy thinktank is dedicated to smart economics. They work to find solutions that ensure a sustainable and equitable world for future generations.
Food and gardening
The Earthday Network works in partnership with the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) and the Clinton Foundation with the aim of greening all of America’s K–12 schools within a generation.
This comprehensive site advocates for gardening in schools and provides a wealth of information on how to get started and the links that can be made to curriculum (UK) outcomes. This site includes stories from schools involved with the programme.
This Australian site advocates for edible gardens in school but also provides resources for schools wanting to develop integrated programmes around food growing. The programmes develop numerous competencies among children and build understanding of the importance of food culturally as well as economically.
Part of the Organic Garden City Trust, this Christchurch group was set up in 1997 to support schools to set up an edible garden.
Practical things to combat climate change.
(The University of Michigan’s Global Change Curriculum.)
This site includes an interactive map, which shows how rapidly population has grown in the past 200–300 years. The lecture paper covers the following topics: how fast the human population has grown, what the world’s population is likely to be in the future, the forces responsible for population, the 'demographic transition', and what we can learn from models of future population growth.
The goal of this website is to preserve the environment and its natural resources for the benefit of people today and future generations. It offers discussion papers and statistical information that focus on population growth and excessive consumption. This site could be a useful resource for students investigating population issues and wanting opinion pieces.
This site offers a comprehensive selection of statistical data on every nation in the world, illustrated by wall charts, graphs, and tables. Themes include mortality and migration, fertility and family planning, and population and development.
This website supports the book Carfree Cities. This organisation aims to remove cars from central cities to make them safe and pleasant for pedestrians and to build communities where walking, cycling, and public transport predominate. See also Worldcarfree.net (below).
This transnational, non-profit network of leaders from government, business, non-profit and grassroot groups, academia, and the media share innovative solutions to the problems they face in common.
This site outlines how cities can redevelop to outsmart sprawl. It is American based, but much of what is discussed is relevant to New Zealand.
This small organisation, based in Canada, tackles the challenges of urban sustainability. Sustainable Cities is a think tank and active peer-learning network covering 38 cities in 14 countries. There are many useful links to research and actions that may be useful for the classroom.
This international agency provides support for urban change – they have many projects on the go that cover such topics as cities and climate change, social inclusion, and water and sanitation.
Worldcarfree.net is a clearinghouse of information from around the world on how to revitalise our towns and cities and create a sustainable future. This site offers resources for teachers, students, and other engaged citizens.
Youth support and action
A New Zealand guide to sustainable living.
This is the largest online community of youth interested in global issues and creating positive change.
This American-based site offers both subscription and free access, and provides searchable resources for students undertaking research.
Sustainability case studies
Last updated April 27, 2015