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These websites and online resources have been selected to support teachers and school leaders in developing business studies teaching and learning programmes.

Please also explore the Effective teaching in social studies section of Social Sciences Online. There are many resources and teaching strategies in this section that you may also find useful for business studies teaching and learning.

  Ministry of Education websites

Business studies teaching and learning guides (years 11–13)

These senior secondary teaching and learning guides for business studies provide support for teachers of business studies as they develop programmes of learning for their senior secondary students. They reflect the intent of the national curriculum and are an adjunct to it. Includes a resources section with links to useful websites for business studies teaching and learning.

Education for Enterprise

Education for Enterprise (E4E) is about promoting an approach to learning – one that is real, relevant, and gives students responsibility for their learning. In this section of the New Zealand Curriculum website find out more about why an enterprising approach to learning could benefit your students, and how to develop an E4E approach in your school.

The New Zealand Curriculum online

This site offers information, resources, news, advice, and guidance, inspiring school stories, practical ideas, research reports, how to get support across all aspects of the New Zealand Curriculum.

Te Marautanga o Aotearoa

This site includes a translation into English of the main sections of the draft marautanga. Only learning levels 1, 4, and 6 have been translated in the learning areas.

Key Competencies

This section of the New Zealand Curriculum Online website 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.

Secondary Middle Managers

This section of the New Zealand Curriculum Online website provides assistance for secondary middle managers to work with their departments to implement The New Zealand Curriculum. It explores various aspects of effective pedagogy.

Ka Hikitia – Accelerating Success 2013–2017

Ka Hikitia – Accelerating Success 2013–2017 is the Ministry of Education's 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.

Ka Hikitia – Accelerating Success 2013–2017 is an updated strategy, not a brand new one. Its predecessor, Ka Hikitia – Managing for Success 2008–2012, set the direction for improving how the education system performs for Māori students.

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.

Pasifika Education

The education system must work for Pasifika so they gain the knowledge and skills necessary to do well for themselves, their communities, Aotearoa New Zealand, the Pacific region and the world.

  Assessment and professional support

The following links to key agencies provide assessment information and professional support for teachers of business studies.

The New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA)

Follow links to the New Zealand Qualifications Framework, NCEA, and subject achievement standards. See in particular NZQA Business Studies. Further information on assessing with unit standards can be found on the NZQA website. Some useful resources are also available.

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 an overview of assessment, see  Directions for assessment in New Zealand, a report by Michael Absolum, Lester Flockton, John Hattie, Rosemary Hipkins, and Ian Reid.

The Education Review Office

In 2007, ERO published three reports on schools’ effectiveness in the collection and use of assessment:


The New Zealand Commerce and Economic Teachers’ Assocation (CETA) is a national organisation administered through the CETA Curriculum and Membership Services office in Oamaru, with 15 regional branches. CETA focuses on accounting, business/entrepreneurship, economics, financial literacy, information management/computing/technology ICT, as well as areas of a cross-curricular nature.

  Resourcing ideas

The following resources will help you to plan teaching and learning activities for business studies.

The National Library of New Zealand Curriculum Information Service

Over 500,000 items are available through the Schools Collection, including books, videos, and DVDs. Schools can also interloan music, books and serials from the National Library’s General Collections through their local Curriculum Information Service (CIS) centre.

Any Questions (students)

Students can go to this website to find useful, accurate, online information. Librarians from all over New Zealand are available each week day between 1:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. to help students search online. To use AnyQuestions.co.nz, students must be attending a New Zealand primary, intermediate, secondary school or being home-schooled.

  Other Government websites

Ministry for Economic Development

Brings together information on current reviews and consultations, expanding a business, insolvency, intellectual property, government procurement, research, standards and conformance and technical barriers to trade, and starting a businees. Recent updates are provided.

New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE)

See the site categories on the home page, including Features and Commentary, which profiles New Zealand companies developing or exploring their markets and includes other business insights. Recent press releases are also available.

Other websites


Educational resources.

Business NZ

Business NZ is an advocacy group for sustainable growth through enterprise. See in particular Taking New Zealand to the World: Why Exporting Matters

Chambers of Commerce

See local directories. For example:

Business representative groups

These groups aim to support members in growing and developing their businesses.

  • Employers and Manufacturers Association (EMA) Northern
  • Employers and Manufacturers Association (EMA) Central
  • Canterbury Employers’ Chamber of Commerce (CECC)
  • Otago Southland Employers Association (OSEA)

Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (on the UNITEC site)

The report for the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) Aotearoa New Zealand confirms that Māori are the world’s third most entrepreneurial people.

KEA: New Zealand’s Global Talent Community

This site aims to help talented people make contact. It includes success stories.

The Small Business Game

The Small Business Game is an online educational game in which players run a football retail store.

These Kids Mean Business

This site includes video clips, student essays, lesson plans, KidBiz games, and links to other entrepreneurship education programs.

Young Enterprise Trust

Young Enterprise Trust’s principle objective is to promote an enterprise culture amongst New Zealand school students. A new website is being developed. Current areas focus on financial education and enterprise studies.

Kōrero Māori – for business

From this section of Kōrero Māori you can find out about business ways to use reo Māori and how to get advice and assistance to help increase an organisation’s Māori language profile.

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