Workshops to support Overall Teacher Judgments

Issue: Volume 93, Number 11

Posted: 30 June 2014
Reference #: 1H9ct3

English-medium and Māori-medium workshops to assist teachers making Overall Teacher Judgments will get underway in term three. Registrations will open soon.


Workshops and webinars focusing on supporting English-medium teachers’ moderation practices will be available through the Consortium for Professional Learning (CPL) from 7 August. This will be the second series of English-medium workshops and builds on the first series held earlier this year. More than 1400 teachers attended the first series, and many commented favourably on the practical nature of the workshops and valued the opportunity to develop shared understandings through dialogue with other teachers. One teacher described the workshop as “a great mix of talk and actions”.

The main focus for this second series will be on effective moderation practices, both within schools and between schools, and promoting the use of professional talk as a key part of moderation. They will also introduce frameworks that have been developed by curriculum experts, with input from teachers, which are proving to be a useful tool.

The workshops will include practical activities to assist teachers to develop and reinforce their moderation practices as they make their Overall Teacher Judgments (OTJs).

The workshops ‘unpack’ the learning progressions signposted by the standards and provide information for teachers about what they should be noticing about what students know and can do across reading, writing, and mathematics.

Teachers will have the opportunity to engage in moderation discussions with other teachers and to use evidence gathered from students in their class to inform the moderation discussion in the workshops.

Comprehensive online support will be available on the CPL website to enable schools to engage in follow-up activities.

Workshop venues, dates and further information

The second series of workshops is being held in all regions between 7 August and 18 September 2014. 

English-medium workshops – second series

Northern region Series Two 
Auckland Central 1 (am and pm) 7 August
Kaitaia (pm) 12 August
Paihia (am)  13 August 
North Shore (am and pm)  19 August
Auckland Central 2 (am and pm) 9 September
Papakura (am) 9 September
Auckland West (am and pm) 21 August 
Auckland East (am and pm) 11 September
Whangarei (am and pm) 14 August
Auckland South (am and pm) 16 September
Warkworth (am) 18 September


Central South region Series Two
Wellington (am and pm) 7 August
Hutt Valley (am and pm) 12 August
Palmerston North (am and pm) 19 August
Wanganui (am and pm) 20 August
Kapiti (pm) 9 September
Porirua (am) 10 September
Masterton (pm) 11 September
New Plymouth (am and pm) 16 September


Central North region Series Two 
Hamilton Central (am and pm) 7 August
Gisborne (am and pm) 12 August
Thames (pm) 12 August
Tauranga (am and pm) 19 August
Napier (am and pm) 19 August
Whakatane (am) 20 August
Taihape (am) 20 August
Rotorua (am and pm) 9 September
Taupo (am and pm) 10 September
Hamilton West (pm) 16 September


Southern region Series Two
Christchurch Central (am and pm) 7 August
Dunedin (am and pm) 12 August
Rangiora (am) 12 August
Nelson (am and pm) 19 August
Blenheim (am) 20 August
Christchurch West (am and pm) 14 August
Invercargill (am) 9 September
Ashburton (pm) 10 September
Balclutha (am) 10 September
Timaru (am) 11 September
Cromwell (am) 11 September
Greymouth (pm) 16 September
Westport (am) 17 September


Māori Medium

The first series of workshops for schools, Kura, and Māori Medium settings using Ngā Whanaketanga Rumaki Māori will be available through the consortium of Kia Ata Mai Educational Trust and the Institute of Professional Learning from July 2014. The workshops will focus on supporting teachers in Levels 1 and 2 Māori Medium settings to make overall teacher judgments (OTJs). A second series will follow in Term 4.

This first series will focus on:

  • Theoretical understandings of aromatawai based on Rukuhia Rārangahia
  • Theoretical understandings of OTJs and moderation processes
  • Explanation of the role of OTJ for meeting class, school, and national purposes
  • Practical in-school activities to develop moderation processes in one or more areas (i.e. pānui, tuhituhi, kōrero, and pāngarau)
  • Exercises and approaches to analysing student information from kura data bases and from Te Waharoa Ararau a Motu
  • Exercises and approaches towards collating student information for reporting from kura data bases and from Te Waharoa Ararau a Motu.

Following the workshops, online support for teachers will be available at: Maori-Medium-OTJ-Workshops(external link)

Workshop venues, dates and further information

For the dates and venues of workshop in your location, visit the Ministry’s website(external link)

For more information, contact: Cath Rau, tel: 021 420 666, or Hemi Rau,, tel: 021 812 204

BY Education Gazette editors
Education Gazette | Tukutuku Kōrero,

Posted: 8:31 pm, 30 June 2014

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