Te Kura and COVID-19 (novel coronavirus)

Recent Updates

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

The move down to COVID-19 Alert Level 1 is a remarkable achievement for our country. 

Thank you to our community for all your support and understanding during this time.

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

Here are the Government’s rules for Alert Level 1:

Read more on Unite Against COVID-19

Te Kura support at Alert Level 1:

  • 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 has returned to usual practice, please be aware that there may be delays in delivery due to the impact of COVID-19 

  • We continue to provide our online huinga ako (advisories). Our face-to-face huinga ako (advisories) are also running. 

Ākonga (students) requiring face-to-face support

We have re-established our face-to-face support for ākonga (students) and whānau. 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 this. If you have questions, please contact your kaimanaaki (learning advisor) or another member of your Te Kura team. 

Changes to NCEA and University Entrance (UE) for 2020

In recognition of the disruption caused to teaching, learning and assessment as the result of COVID-19, several changes have been made to NCEA and UE for 2020. Information about these changes can be found in this Te Kura news story Changes to NCEA and University Entry for 2020.

Ākonga (students) are advised to contact their kaimanaaki (learning advisor) if they would like to discuss these changes further.


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.

Practical STAR courses have now resumed. If you were booked on a course that did not go ahead due to COVID-19, please contact your STAR Coordinator if you wish to rebook. The STAR catalogues are being updated to show what courses are currently available, and there are still distance options available if you prefer. You can find them in this catalogue: STAR distance options

Learning from Home website

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. We encourage our Te Kura ākonga (students) and their whānau to make the most of these resources.

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 and site visits
  • The non-returner’s process will not run in June. 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 see more information about return of work processes 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

Under Level 1, Te Kura kaimahi (staff) will resume site visits, including our Relationship Coordinators who are your key Te Kura contact. Our kaimahi will observe the host’s site protocols, as well as following our own school guidelines.

Non-returners process

We resumed the non-returners process from the end of July 2020. 

In recognition of the disruption caused by COVID-19 we did not run the non-returners process at the end of March, April, May or June 2020. Our expectation has been that ākonga (learners) have been engaged and returning work during this time, but they were not removed from the roll if they were not able to return assessable work.

A snapshot of engagement data will be emailed mid-month. This will give coordinators a quick summary of ākonga engagement in Te Kura courses.

At the end of each month, school coordinators are asked to refer to the Te Kura Enrolment System (TES) for the list of any ākonga who have not returned assessable work in the past month.

If you as the Te Kura coordinator are aware an ākonga no longer intends to study a particular Te Kura course, please cancel them from that course.

Te Kura Summer School

We know many of you are concerned about the impact the lockdown on your Year 12 and 13 ākonga (learners) achieving NCEA and University Entrance. Our annual Summer School may assist your ākonga to achieve their goals.

We accept short-term enrolments over the summer break from ākonga who are aged between 16 – 18 and are New Zealand citizens to earn additional NCEA credits. This is additional support so ākonga are not held back by a few missed credits from continuing on their journey. Credits achieved in time will be included in the 2020 NZQA Record of Achievement with the school the ākonga was enrolled with during 2020.

We welcome early enquiries from our dual provider partners so we can plan together. Read more about Summer School


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

We are pleased to share a range of online and booklet resources for learners at all levels, from pre-school onwards, 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.

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. This includes Te Kura resources.

ClassroomNZ2020

The Ministry of Education has made ClassroomNZ2020 available to schools. Developed in Brightspace, the same platform as My Te Kura, ClassroomNZ2020 offers schools access to online NCEA courses to support students’ learning as they transition back to their learning environment. These online courses were developed by Te Kura.

We are pleased to provide our resources and expertise, and for the wider sector to get an insight into the provision of teaching and learning at Te Kura. The Ministry is leading the development and provision of ClassroomNZ2020, and is also delivering the training and support for its users.

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