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Literacy: Why it matters

The importance of literacy is promoting a wide range of outcomes in education and beyond

Twice-exceptional students

Understanding twice-exceptional students and how to support them in the classroom.

An introduction to the role of Artificial Intelligence in classrooms and schools

A guide to the latest developments in artificial intelligence and what they mean for teaching and learning.

Developing positive mathematics learner identities in secondary school

An introduction to the concept of mathematics learner identity and how positive maths identities can be promoted through effective teaching and learning

How to encourage teens to read

Why reading for pleasure is so beneficial for teenagers' learning and wellbeing, and what the research says about getting them to read more.

Turning boys of all ages into life-long readers

Research-based strategies for encouraging boys to read for enjoyment.

Effective writing instruction in the junior primary years

An introduction to the essential components of early writing instruction

Effective writing instruction in Years 3-8

How to build on early writing instruction in the middle and upper primary years

Teaching spelling in primary and intermediate schools

Key principles and strategies for teaching spelling across all levels of primary school.

Effective vocabulary instruction

The importance of vocabulary knowledge and how to teach it in literacy programmes and across the curriculum.

Supporting neurodivergent students by developing the home-school partnership

Building supportive partnerships with families of neurodivergent students.

Understanding mental health and wellbeing in intermediate and lower secondary school students

Guidance on how to support the mental health and wellbeing of students aged 11-15.

Sample safety or de-escalation plan

An example of a de-escalation plan designed to support students to emotionally self-regulate at school.

Understanding and supporting emotional self-regulation at school

Understanding and supporting emotional self-regulation at school: Why some students may find it difficult to regulate their emotions at school, and what to do to support them.

An introduction to Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

How OCD affects students, and what schools can do to provide support.

Writing and neurodivergence

Understanding some of the common challenges with writing that neurodivergent students may experience.


Improving the coherence of literacy learning from ECE to Year 13

Teachers from Pupuke kāhui ako discuss their work to improve the continuity and coherence of literacy learning from early childhood education to Year 13.

Free webinar: Neurodiversity and New Zealand’s education system

We held a free webinar to launch our research report into the experiences of neurodivergent children and those supporting them in Aotearoa New Zealand’s education system. Watch the recording of our webinar where we discuss the reports key findings and to explore what needs to happen to improve the support and opportunities neurodivergent young people receive in New Zealand.

Understanding challenging behaviour in early childhood

Dr Anna Winneker explores why children will exhibit challenging behaviour including a discussion of specific emotional or behavioural disorders, and how teachers in early childhood contexts can respond positively and effectively to children.

Teaching and leading to the North-East

Professor Russell Bishop discusses his research into how leaders and teachers can structure their practice to create quality and equitable learning for ākonga Māori and other marginalised students.

Using assessment to create an education system that learns

Renowned assessment expert Michael Absolum (ONZM) explores the central role assessment should play in driving learning throughout the education system and how schools and teachers can adopt these ideas into their practice

Social justice and children’s rights

Professor Beth Blue Swadener and Dr Lacey Peters will explore how teachers can meaningfully engage with children’s voices, perspectives and experiences and incorporate a social justice approach into their teaching practice


Visual Arts infographic

How children use visual arts and how teachers can help.

The neurodiversity paradigm

How can you adopt a strengths-based approach to help neurodiverse students succeed in your classroom?

Creativity infographic

Creativity in education and how teachers can support it

Bullying infographic

Key principles for preventing and responding to bullying

Principles of assessment infographic

High-quality assessment and how it supports learning

Instructional coaching infographic

The key elements of instructional coaching at a glance


The illusion of inclusion

The experiences of neurodivergent children and those supporting them in Aotearoa New Zealand’s education system – this report reveals the perspectives and experiences of 2,400 people engaged with neurodivergent young people

Key ideas for supporting students with Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)

Insights from our webinar with Kim Milne from FASD-CAN.

Understanding the capabilities and limitations of generative AI

Insights from the webinar with Mandy Henk and Sarah Bickerton on generative AI and its role in the classroom.

The value of educational tests

Key ideas from the webinar with Professor Gavin Brown on how teachers can use tests to inform teaching and learning.

The importance of a knowledge-rich curriculum; a presentation by Christine Counsell

Why a knowledge-rich curriculum is essential for all students.

Key challenges for neurodivergent students in school settings and how to help

Insights from the webinar with Emily McDougal on supporting neurodivergent students in schools and classrooms.

One student’s experience of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

A firsthand account of how undiagnosed OCD profoundly affected one student's experiences at school.

Using dialogic approaches to deepen and extend students’ thinking and learning

Key insights from our webinar with Jacinta Olderhaver exploring dialogic approaches to teaching and learning.

Honouring Te Tiriti and promoting culturally empowering practices in schools

Key insights from the webinar with Janelle Riki-Waaka on supporting ākonga Māori to achieve success as Māori in schools.

Talking about gender non-conformity in early childhood education

The key insights from our webinar with Professor Mara Sapon-Shevin talking about gender non-conformity in early childhood education.

Understanding ADHD

The key insights from our webinar with Associate Professor Dione Healey on understanding ADHD.

The vital role of schools and teachers in helping communities respond to disasters

The key insights from our webinar with Carol Mutch on schools' responses to disasters and traumatic events
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