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Assessment and professional support

Assessment Online

  • 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).

Education Review Office (ERO)

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

The New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA)

  • Follow links to the National Qualifications Framework, NCEA, and achievement standards.
  • Further information on assessing with unit standards can be found on the NZQA website. Some assessment resources are also available.

Resourcing ideas


Students can go to this website to find useful, accurate, online information. Librarians from all over New Zealand are available each weekday between 1 pm and 6 pm to help students search online. To use AnyQuestions, students must be attending a New Zealand primary, intermediate, or secondary school or are being home-schooled.

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 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.

Te Ara: The Encyclopedia of New Zealand

Explore the article about Greeks – the Hellenic community.

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.

The New Zealand Association of Classical Studies Teachers has developed an extensive list of print and online resources to support the teaching of classical studies at each of the senior year levels.

Resources for Classical Studies (PDF, 223 KB)

Ministry of Education websites

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.

Key Competencies Online

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

Action Plan for Pacific Education 2020-2030

This site takes a closer look at the Action Plan for Pacific Education 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.

Te Marautanga o Aotearoa

This site includes an English translation of the main sections of the draft marautanga. Only learning levels 1, 4, and 6 have been translated in the learning areas.

Te Tere Auraki

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

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 the development of the curriculum.

Other government websites

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).

Other websites

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

  • Livius
    This site includes a range of articles exploring a wide variety of ancient history contexts.
  • Mythweb
    This site is devoted to the heroes, gods, and monsters of Greek mythology.
  • Perseus Digital Library
    This library’s flagship collection, under development since 1987, covers the history, literature, and culture of the Greco-Roman world.
  • The Archaeology Channel
    This site is run by the Archaeological Legacy Institute and offers a range of related resources.
  • The Stoa Consortium
    This site has news, projects, and links for digital classicists everywhere.
  • Women in Greek Myths
    This site includes resources devoted to the representation of women in Greek myths.

New Zealand organisations

New Zealand Association of Classical Studies Teachers
The association supports the work of teachers of classical studies and Latin in New Zealand schools.

Print publications

  • Cubitt, S., Irvine, R., and Dow, A. (1999). Top Tools for Social Science Teachers. Auckland: Pearson Educational.

  • Whitehead, D. (2004). Top Tools for Teaching Thinking. Auckland: Pearson Educational.

Last updated May 28, 2023