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The history area of Social Sciences Online provides curriculum and assessment information, resources, and useful links to support the teaching and learning of history in years 11–13.

At levels 6, 7, and 8, history explores global and local events that have been significant to New Zealanders. Students gain an understanding of their own heritage and of their place in a wider context. They will also understand that people’s views on past events differ.

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The New Zealand Curriculum: Social sciences

This section of the New Zealand curriculum website has information about the social sciences as a learning area. Resources and information relating to the previous (1997) curriculum document may continue to be used as supporting documents when planning teaching and learning programmes.
Download a PDF version of  Social Studies in the New Zealand Curriculum.

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The New Zealand Curriculum

The New Zealand Curriculum sets the direction for teaching and learning in English-medium New Zealand schools. It has been mandatory since February 2010.

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Understanding the social sciences as a learning area – A position paper

This position paper highlights the importance of the social sciences and the place of social studies as a social science in the New Zealand curriculum.

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Te Marautanga o Aotearoa

Te Marautanga o Aotearoa is the curriculum for Māori-medium teaching, learning, and assessment. It is New Zealand’s first curriculum to be developed and written in te reo Māori and sets the direction for teaching and learning in Māori-medium schools and settings.

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History teaching and learning guide (years 11–13)

Senior secondary teaching and learning guides for history provide support for teachers of history 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.

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The New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA)

Follow links to the New Zealand Qualifications Framework, NCEA, and subject achievement standards. Further information on assessing with unit standards can be found on the NZQA website.

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NCEA Levels 1, 2, and 3 achievement standards

Level 1, Level 2, and Level 3 registered achievement standards for history are available for use. They have been aligned with The New Zealand Curriculum (2007) and formally registered by NZQA.

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NZQA – NCEA resources for history

This history subject resources page provides links to information relating to history assessment. Curriculum and standards documents comprise links to standards, history matrices, and teaching and learning guides on TKI.

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NCEA support materials

These support materials have been developed for use with NCEA achievement standards.

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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.

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ERO (The Education Review Office)

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

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New Zealand History Teachers Association

The association supports the work of teachers of History in New Zealand schools. Includes a links page with a variety of history resources, a Journal and Bulletins published throughout the year, information on the NCEA Standards alignment, and professional development opportunities.

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Secondary middle leaders

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

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Ka Hikitia (the Māori Education Strategy) 2020

Ka Hikitia sets out how the education sector will achieve system shifts and support Māori learners and their whānau, hapū, and iwi to achieve excellent and equitable outcomes. Ka Hikitia provides an organising framework for the actions that schools and supporting agencies will take.

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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 KotahitangaTe KauhuaAko Panuku, and  Te Mana Kōrero.

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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.

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The National Library of New Zealand – Curriculum Information Service

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

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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 1pm and 6pm to help students search online. To use AnyQuestions.govt.nz, students must be attending a New Zealand primary, intermediate, secondary school or being home-schooled.

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