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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).

The New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA)

  • Further information on assessing with unit standards can be found on the NZQA website. NZQA subject resources for Media Studies.
  • NCEA assessment resources are available on the NCEA on TKI website.

Resourcing ideas for media studies

The following references will help you to plan teaching and learning activities for media studies.


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 being home schooled.

Creative Directions

Creative Directions is a fully downloadable, intellectual property (IP) resource for media studies teachers developed by the Ministry of Education and the Intellectual Property Office of New Zealand (IPONZ). This professional support kit will help you to start talking to your students about IP issues. The kit covers everything from performers’ rights through to school licensing schemes.

Media studies website

This site offers information, resources, and guidance designed to inspire media studies teachers to engage students in relevant learning.

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.

Resources for Media Studies on NZQA

The media studies page offers a range of links to resources designed to support the teaching and assessment of media studies, in New Zealand and internationally.

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 Kete Ipurangi

Teachers are also encouraged to visit relevant TKI communities, such as the ICT community and Software for learning.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Other government agency 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 media studies teachers. They have not been extensively reviewed or checked for quality.

AdMedia and Fastline

AdMedia is New Zealand's only dedicated monthly advertising and media industry magazine.

AdMedia, together with its bundled weekly industry newsletter Fastline, offers total industry coverage including breaking news, backgrounders to the news, events, trend analyses, in-depth coverage of industry issues, profiles, campaign strategies, and sector features that make connections between everything that is happening in the media marketplace.

Centre for Media Literacy

CML is dedicated to promoting and supporting education in media literacy as a framework for accessing, analysing, evaluating, creating, and participating with media content. CML works to help citizens, especially the young, develop critical thinking and media production skills needed to live fully in the modern media culture.

English and Media Centre

The English and Media Centre is a not-for-profit trust that provides publications and professional development on all aspects of English teaching for teachers and students of literature, language, and media in the UK and abroad.

Film Studies for Free

A web-archive of examples of, links to, and comment on: online, open access, film, and moving image (studies and resources).

Media Awareness Network (MNet)

MNet is a Canadian non-profit organisation that promotes media literacy and digital literacy by producing education and awareness programmes and resources, working in partnership with Canadian and international organisations.

Media Education Association

MEA is the subject association for everyone who teaches about the media at any level of the UK years 3–19 education system, including secondary schooling and specialist media courses.

New Zealand Film Commission

The NZFC has the statutory responsibility ‘to encourage, participate and assist in the making, promotion, distribution, and exhibition of films’ made in New Zealand, by New Zealanders, on New Zealand subjects.

Media Peripheries

Media Peripheries is a new journal of media and communication studies based in Aotearoa New Zealand. Established in 2022, Media Peripheries continues the legacy of MEDIANZ (which in turn was formerly known as The New Zealand Journal of Media Studies). Media Peripheries aims to be a forum of academic debates that are regional in focus and global in scope and is particularly interested in research that focuses on the peripheries of the global media system both in geographical and cultural terms.

Office of Film and Literature Classification

The Office of Film and Literature Classification is the Government body responsible for classifying publications that may need to be restricted or banned in New Zealand.

The Centre for Excellence in Media Practice

CEMP is a research and innovation centre based in the Media School of Bournemouth University.

The Film Archive

The New Zealand Film Archive houses collections of documentaries, home movies, newsreels, television commercials, feature and short films, music videos, television programmes, as well as a documentation collection of posters, photographs, props, and costumes.


This site explores connections between media and identities in a visually engaging way.

New Zealand organisations

The National Association of Media Educators (N.A.M.E.)

This is the website of the National Association of Media Educators in New Zealand, a non-profit organisation run by volunteers, many of them teachers, to support media education. It includes resource links and NCEA information. Copies of the magazine Script can be downloaded.

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 July 21, 2023