Education Perfect and NCEA / Year 11 English (NZ)

EP have developed changes to our content to support the changes to NCEA Level 1 standards. This article outlines these changes, and what you can expect to see within this content.

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What’s happening?

Aotearoa New Zealand is going through the biggest educational changes in a generation. School leaders are being asked to give effect to Te Tiriti o Waitangi, leading and encouraging their staff to actively protect te reo, tikanga, and mātauranga Māori.

Teachers are being asked to design and plan programmes of learning that incorporate mana ōrite mō te mātauranga Māori, often for the first time.

EP is here to support schools and teachers through this difficult transition. We are committed to Aotearoa’s schools, teachers, students and Te Mātaiaho’s calls to action. 

What has EP done?

We have listened and responded to teachers’ feedback and concerns. We have also consulted with the Ministry of Education, and while we have followed the progress of the NCEA standards, we have also based our work on the refreshed NZC and subject Learning Matrix.

As such, we believe our new Year 11 English resources will cater to all schools, whether you choose to follow the new NCEA Level 1 immediately or not.

EP’s 59 new lessons focus on Māori and Pasifika voice, tradition and perspective. Our lessons are underpinned by some of the best creatives in Aotearoa:

  • Gina Cole, Tusiata Avia, Serie Barford, Tayi Tibble, Ben Brown, Nicole Titihuia Hawkins, Airana Ngarewa, Nina Mingya Powles, articles from The Spinoff, interviews with Ardie Savea, Sarah Hirini, Rangi Mātāmua from E-Tangata and more. 

We also included mātanga and kaiako Māori as writers of our content and as cultural advisors for quality assurance at every step. We are grateful to them for sharing their mātauranga. 

Teacher Guide

We have tried to capture the move to more holistic, thematic teaching and learning - and away from an assessment focus - by incorporating the refreshed NZC for English into our NCEA Level 1 / Year 11 folder structure.

You will find modules structured as Language, Comprehend, Create and Voices of Aotearoa, a text library.

Those who want to know how the lessons and folder structure align to the new NCEA standards can refer to this document.

In Language, you will find lessons on Language Features, Text Purposes and Audiences, a Verbal Language unit based on interviews and an exciting Language in Aotearoa unit where we look at how te ao Māori and Pasifika worldviews are woven in New Zealand English.

In Comprehend, you will find lessons on Poetry in Aotearoa, Unfamiliar Texts and a Text Study unit for those schools who might need extra support and inspiration.

The Create module takes students through how to create narratives, personal responses, verbal and visual texts, oral texts, essays and how to edit and proofread their work and more.

Our text library, Voices of Aotearoa, includes all the articles, interviews, poems and short stories that are woven throughout the lessons. You can also meet some of the creatives in Meet the Authors video resources, where they discuss their schooling experience and the importance of highlighting Māori & Pasifika in Aotearoa New Zealand. Dale Husband (Ngāti Maru) offers his top tips in The Art of Interviewing.

Our Learning Objectives are structured using the SOLO taxonomy, adding another level of differentiation within the lessons.

Remember EP is also fully customisable. You can create and edit your own content for your local context and students.

For example, you could create an assessment on punctuation or word types from these lessons, swap out other poems, or adapt new lessons from the existing texts and content. 

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