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Tui Tuia | Learning Circle empowers Kāhui Ako, kaiako, teachers, school leaders and tumuaki to achieve better outcomes for students and learners.

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Languages, Culture & Identity

We offer programmes, workshops, in-person classroom support, online support and resources to help strengthen language learning in New Zealand schools.

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Cultural competencies

Pacific-Led Education

Empowering educators, students, and communities to shape a future of educational excellence that is firmly rooted in Pacific identity and aspirations.

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Literacy and Numeracy

We work with schools to build the literacy and numeracy capability of school leaders and teachers to accelerate learning outcomes for all students.

Teacher Aide Professional Learning

We now offer relevant, high quality, culturally responsive PLD to support Kaiāwhina Teacher Aides in their role.

Upholding and increasing the mana of Kaiāwhina Teacher Aides

Kaiāwhina Teacher Aides in Aotearoa New Zealand play a vital role in schools by supporting students’ learning and wellbeing. With the right training and support, they can significantly enhance outcomes for all ākonga.

We now offer relevant, high quality, culturally responsive PLD to support Kaiāwhina Teacher Aides in their role. We have partnered with Whāraurau and Kohia Centre, leveraging our combined capabilities and experience in education and wellbeing, to deliver PLD aligned with the skills and competencies needed to be effective in this role.

Before applying

  • Check that you meet the criteria for Kaiāwhina Teacher Aide PLDs.
  • Discuss the PLD you're interested in with your supervisor to ensure it meets the criteria for any competency area. You will need to seek approval from your tumuaki principal or supervisor.
  • Set up an Educational Sector Logon (ESL) and fill in the application form. You will need:

    - the email address of the person approving your PLD
    - your Ministry employee number and your school number (this can be found on your pay slip)

During application

  • Apply for the funding for your PLD through the online form. You will have the option to choose from the following application type:

    - Set Category
    - Open Category
    - Self-directed Inquiry
  • The Ministry of Education will receive and and process your application.

After application

  • When your application is approved, you and your approver will receive notification of approval. Approvers will be asked to contact the Ministry if they do not endorse the original application.
  • Upon receipt of approval notification, you can contact us (the PLD provider) to enrol in the PLD. You will need to supply us with:
    - your application reference number as confirmation of your funding AND
    - a copy of your application approval confirmation email
  • Once your PLD has been completed, your school or kura will be reimbursed for your attendance time (wage costs) and any travel and accommodation costs they have incurred for you as recorded in your application.
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Using Oral Language to Support Student Learning and Development

This course will help you identify some strategies for using quality talk with students to promote their thinking and learning.

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