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Assessment and professional support

The following links to key agencies provide assessment information and professional support for teachers of business studies.

The New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA)

TKI assessment community – Assessment Online

This site is home to a considerable body of research and readings, online workshops, and new assessment tools and resources. For example, it provides links to asTTle (Assessment Tools for Teaching and Learning) and NEMP (the National Education Monitoring Project).

  • The linked site Consider the evidence promotes evidence-driven decision making for secondary schools and supports secondary educators to make best use of evidence to improve student achievement.
  • For a discussion of how changes in assessment practice can contribute to greater student ownership of learning and improved outcomes for students, 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).

BES (Iterative Best Evidence Synthesis) Programme

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).

Education Review Office

In 2007, ERO published reports on schools’ effectiveness in the collection and use of assessment:

New Zealand Commerce and Economic Teachers' Association (NZCETA)

NZCETA is a national organisation administered through the CETA Curriculum and Membership Services office in Oamaru, with 15 regional branches. CETA focuses on accounting, business/entrepreneurship, economics, financial literacy, digital technologies, information management/computing/technology ICT, as well as areas of a cross-curricular nature.

Resourcing ideas

The following resources will help you to plan teaching and learning activities for business studies.

The National Library of New Zealand Services to Schools

Services to Schools supports educators by providing professional learning, advice, and quality resources to inspire and inform student learning, foster their love of reading, and develop their knowledge of culture and heritage.

Te Kete Ipurangi

See in particular the social sciences community. Teachers are also encouraged to visit other TKI communities, such as the ICT community and Software for learning.

Social Sciences Online

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 the Ministry of Education’s series Building Conceptual Understandings in the Social Sciences (BCUSS):

  • 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 commended to senior social science teachers. For a link, see Featured content, right navigation.

Other Ministry of Education websites

Education for Enterprise

This section of New Zealand Curriculum Online provides Education for Enterprise resources promotes innovative approaches to learning that will enable students to meet the challenges of the modern workplace, suggests how to develop an education for enterprise approach, and offers resources, tools, and templates for classroom use; notes for teachers; links; news; and key contacts.

The New Zealand Curriculum Online

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.

Te Marautanga o Aotearoa

This site includes a translation into English of the main sections of Te Marautanga o Aotearoa – the curriculum for Māori-medium education. (Only learning levels 1, 4, and 6 have been translated in the learning areas.)

Key Competencies Online

This section of New Zealand Curriculum Online offers guidance to school leaders and teachers on how to integrate the key competencies into the daily activities of the school and its teaching and learning programmes.

Ka Hikitia – Accelerating Success 2013–2017

Ka Hikitia – Accelerating Success 2013–2017 is a strategy to rapidly change how the education system performs so that all Māori students gain the skills, qualifications and knowledge they need to enjoy and achieve education success as Māori.

Te Tere Auraki

This Ministry of Education professional development strategy focuses on improving outcomes for Māori students in English-medium schools. The strategy supports four main projects: Te Kotahitanga, Te Kauhua, Ako Panuku, and Te Mana Kōrero.

Find out more:

Action Plan for Pacific Education 2020–2030

This site takes a closer look at the Pasifika Education Plan and the Pasifika Education Implementation Plan. It offers reflective questions, ideas, stories, and resources to support and inspire schools to make a difference for all Pasifika students.

Other government websites

Ministry of Economic Development

The Doing Business in New Zealand page brings together information on current reviews and consultations, expanding a business, insolvency, intellectual property, government procurement, research, standards and conformance and technical barriers to trade, and starting a business. See recent updates.

New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE)

See the site categories on the home page, including Features and Commentary, a section that profiles New Zealand companies developing or exploring their markets and includes other business insights. Recent press releases are also available.

Other websites

The following websites have been recommended as helpful by teachers. They have not been extensively reviewed or checked for quality.

Business NZ

Business NZ is an advocacy group for sustainable growth through enterprise.

Chambers of Commerce

See local directories, for example, the directory for Auckland.

Business representative groups

These groups aim to support members in growing and developing their businesses.

Global Entrepreneurship Monitor

A report for the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) Aotearoa New Zealand on the UNITEC site, confirms that Māori are the world’s third most entrepreneurial people.

KEA: New Zealand’s Global Talent Community

This site aims to help talented people make contact. It includes success stories.

Matatau – Māori Business Centre

This is a directory site, which is in the process of adding news updates about Māori business.

These Kids Mean Business

This site includes video clips, student essays, lesson plans, KidBiz games, and links to other entrepreneurship education programmes.

Young Enterprise Trust

Young Enterprise Trust’s principle objective is to promote an enterprise culture amongst New Zealand school students. A new website is being developed. Current areas focus on financial education and enterprise studies.

Last updated August 8, 2022