Te Kura and COVID-19 (novel coronavirus)

Recent Updates

He waka eke noa – we are all in this together.

We appreciate the response to COVID-19 has meant a sudden and significant change and has been heavily disruptive to many people in our community.

The wellbeing of our ākonga (students) and their whānau (families) and our Te Kura kaimahi (staff) is our number one priority.

At Alert Level 2 our Te Kura kaimahi will continue to work from home if possible. Please be assured that we are here to support you.

We will not have ākonga (students), whānau or other visitors to our Te Kura sites, until further notice.

As our Prime Minister has explained, these restrictions are our best chance to slow the virus in New Zealand and to save lives. We all have a clear role here to slow the spread of COVID-19.

The wellbeing of our ākonga (students) and their whānau (families) is our priority. 

For this reason, we will not be resuming our face-to-face huinga ako (advisories). We will not have ākonga and their whānau or other visitors on Te Kura sites, until further notice.

We will be supporting our ākonga (students) and their whānau (families) in the following ways:

  • Kaiako (teachers) are available online, by email and phone during the school term

  • The Student and Whānau Support team are available to support you with general queries and technical issues with online learning, including during the term break: Phone 0800 65 99 88 or email hub@tekura.school.nz

  • For our ākonga (students) learning online, your learning programmes continue to be available online 

  • Our service to provide paper-based work to our ākonga (students) who cannot access online learning continues, please be aware that there may be delays in delivery due to the impact of COVID-19 

  • Huinga ako (advisories) have been moved online where possible

  • We are continuing to support ākonga who need laptop and connectivity assistance but some ākonga might experience delays in receiving their device.

  • For our ākonga (students) and whānau requiring face-to-face support. Some kaimahi (staff) will be able to make site visits under Level 2, subject to meeting guidelines. Please see more information below.

Ākonga (students) requiring face-to-face support

Under Level 2 we will resume some of our face-to-face support for those ākonga (students) with additional learning support requirements.

Te Kura teacher aides, additional teachers, kaituitui, liaison teachers and relationship coordinators will be able to carry out site visits. These will only be done if the visit is necessary and with everyone’s consent. There are additional requirements and procedures in place for any visits to ensure everyone’s safety.

If you are one of our ākonga (students) or the supervisor of an ākonga (student) who requires face-to-face support, you will be contacted by a member of your Te Kura team to discuss how to safely manage any necessary site visits.

If you have questions, please contact your kaimanaaki (learning advisor) or another member of your Te Kura team.


Ākonga (students) on Trades Academy, STAR and Gateway courses

Trades Academy ākonga (students) will be advised by their Trades Academy contact when their course will resume on-campus classes. Meanwhile ākonga (students) with online learning in place should continue with this. If any ākonga (students) are unsure about attending physical classes due to health or other issues, please contact and discuss with your kaimanaaki (learning advisor).

Gateway ākonga (students) can resume their work placements if they and their employer are in agreement and their employer can meet Ministry of Health physical distance and hygiene requirements.

We have not been advised of any practical STAR courses starting back yet, but as information is received our STAR catalogues will be updated. Meanwhile there are a number of distance and online opportunities available on our website


We ask our ākonga (students) and their whānau (families) to please keep an eye on your emails and on the My Te Kura activity feed.

Thank you for your ongoing support of our kaimahi (staff) and school community. Let’s all be patient and kind to each other while we get used to a new way of operating.

 

Te Kura support overview:

  • Our kaiako (teachers) are available during the term online, by email, and phone.
  • Our Student and Whānau Support are available for any technical or general online learning enquiries email hub@tekura.school.nz phone 0800 65 99 88 option 2.
  • Our Relationship Coordinators are available by email and phone.
  • Some Te Kura kaimahi (staff), including our Relationship Coordinators, will be able to make necessary site visits under Level 2. Please see more information below.
  • The non-returner’s process will not run in May. Please see more information below.
  • For our ākonga learning online, their learning programmes continue to be available in our online learning environment My Te Kura.
  • Our service to provide paper-based work to our ākonga who cannot access online learning continues. Please be aware that there may be delays in delivery due to the impact of COVID-19. The return of paper-based work processes are the same as at Levels 4 and 3. Please see more information below.


Supervision of assessment tasks

Responsibility to supervise ākonga (students) completing assessment tasks will revert to the providers when dual-enrolled ākonga return to a face-to-face setting.

Site visits

For now, we will not have ākonga (students), whānau or other visitors on Te Kura sites. Our kaimahi (staff) will continue to work from home unless they need to return to work.

Under Level 2, some Te Kura kaimahi (staff) will resume site visits, including our Relationship Coordinators who are your key Te Kura contact.

These visits will only be done if they are necessary, and by prior arrangement with the consent of everyone involved. Our kaimahi will observe the host’s site protocols, as well as following our own school guidelines.

Non-returners process

In recognition of the fact that we are only just moving out of Alert Level 3 we will not be running our non-returners process in May.

Our expectation is that ākonga are engaged and returning work during this time, but they will not be removed from the roll if they are not able to return assessable work.


Registering ākonga (students
)

You may continue to register students that meet the criteria for dual tuition but please do not register students with Te Kura simply as a way to access online learning.

Dual tuition is intended for curriculum adaptation and for curriculum capability purposes. The curriculum adaptation categories cover circumstances where the school at which the student is enrolled is unable to provide the required specialist programming or curriculum adaptation. The curriculum capability categories are to enable generally smaller schools to provide a full and balanced curriculum.

A new emergency enrolment gateway to Te Kura has been created for schools that have students currently unable to return to New Zealand.

Students must be enrolled in a New Zealand school in order to access the new gateway. New Zealand school students, domestic and international, affected by the current travel restrictions relating to the coronavirus are able to access Te Kura through their school. Read more about dual tuition related to COVID-19 travel restrictions

Return of paper-based work from ākonga

Where possible we encourage everyone to use our online platform as the springboard for communication, learning and return of work. This is the easiest way to maintain the connection between kaiako, ākonga and their whānau.

We know there are some ākonga who are not able to access our online platform. With Te Kura offices shut down we cannot redirect work to our kaiako in their homes. 

If you work with ākonga who are unable to access our online platform, please ask them not to post or courier work to Te Kura. We ask that you support them with the following process to ensure work reaches kaiako as promptly as possible.
  1. Scan completed student work. For those who don’t have access to a scanner, CamScanner or Microsoft Office Lens will allow you to scan the work from a mobile device.

  2. Rename scanned work using this format: Student ID_Student name_subject_resource 

  3. Either: Email scanned and renamed work to online.team@tekura.school.nz
    Or: Log in to My Te Kura and upload scanned and renamed work to the relevant dropbox.
We have a team in place ready to download emailed work and identify the kaiako it’s intended for. They will forward the work on to the relevant kaiako.

It is important that you do not ask ākonga to email scanned work directly to their Te Kura kaiako. All work needs to be emailed to online.team@tekura.school.nz to be logged and allocated by our team.

Thank you for your ongoing support of our kaimahi (staff) and school community.


Supporting our education community

The Ministry of Education has produced a  Learning from Home website that contains advice and resources to support learning at home from early learning to senior secondary year levels.  The Ministry of Education has been working to provide next steps for distance learning options to support all students’ ongoing learning. Te Kura is in discussions with the Ministry about further opening up our online resources for face-to-face schools to use with their students. We want to support schools with online learning and will keep you updated on progress.

Te Kura resources 

We are pleased to share a range of online and booklet resources for learners at all levels, from pre-school on, to support learning at home.  Feel free to share, explore, and use these in any way you like.

You can find these on the Te Kura Resources page

Te Kura enrolment enquiries and COVID-19

We continue to register students that meet Te Kura’s criteria for enrolment which is set by the Ministry of Education.

A new emergency enrolment gateway to Te Kura has been created for schools that have students currently unable to return to New Zealand.

Students must be enrolled in a New Zealand school in order to access the new gateway. New Zealand school students, domestic and international, affected by the current travel restrictions relating to the coronavirus are able to access Te Kura through their school. Read more about dual tuition related to COVID-19 travel restrictions

Enrolment enquiries can be emailed to hub@tekura.school.nz

We continue to register students that meet Te Kura’s criteria for enrolment, which is set by the Ministry of Education. 

To enrol with Te Kura, students must meet our enrolment criteria as set out in our enrolment policy.

A new emergency enrolment gateway to Te Kura has been created for schools that have students currently unable to return to New Zealand. Students must be enrolled in a New Zealand school in order to access the new gateway. New Zealand school students, domestic and international, affected by the current travel restrictions relating to the coronavirus are able to access Te Kura through their school. Read more about dual tuition related to COVID-19 travel restrictions

Enrolment enquiries can be emailed to hub@tekura.school.nz

The Ministry of Education sets the Te Aho o Te Kura Enrolment and Dual Tuition Policy.

Dual tuition is intended for curriculum adaptation and for curriculum capability purposes. The curriculum adaptation categories cover circumstances where the school at which the student is enrolled is unable to provide the required specialist programming or curriculum adaptation. The curriculum capability categories are to enable generally smaller schools to provide a full and balanced curriculum.

At the current time you may continue to register students that meet the criteria for dual tuition but please do not register students with Te Kura simply as a way to access online learning. Read more about dual tuition

A new emergency enrolment gateway to Te Kura has been created for schools that have students currently unable to return to New Zealand 

Students must be enrolled in a New Zealand school in order to access the new gateway. New Zealand school students, domestic and international, affected by the current travel restrictions relating to the coronavirus are able to access Te Kura through their school. Read more about dual tuition related to COVID-19 travel restrictions

Enrolment enquiries can be emailed to hub@tekura.school.nz