Networks of Expertise News

ESSE has received funding from the Ministry of Education as part of the Networks of Expertise (NEX) initiative – to grow and develop existing and new curriculum, teaching and learning networks, and to future proof ESSE.

The purpose of the funding is to:

  • develop and grow a robust network that provides timely, on-going advice and guidance to build capability and adaptive expertise for teachers

  • support national and regional initiatives aimed at providing peer to peer, collaborative support to teachers

  • utilise and add to research and evidence that informs teacher practice

  • undertake activities that promote linkages between the science education sector and the MOE to build shared knowledge and innovation to drive equity.

How ESSE is spending our NoEx money:

The ESSE executive are implementing programmes for teachers of ESS or Science with ESS (Y11-13), that:

  • Support teachers that are

    • new to ESS or a new ESS HOD/TIC

    • in geographically isolated areas

    • sole ESS teacher in their school

    • experienced ESS teachers

    • teachers of ESS content in a Y11 -13 Science course (SciESS - our abbreviation).

  • Have trained and mentored regional representatives.

  • Are running free day-long PLD workshops or after school meetings in each region

  • Have developed ESS Scholarship resources and will run free scholarship workshops or Zoom tutorials for teachers

  • Continue to develop the ESSE website.

  • Collect examples of ‘Fit-for-purpose’ assessment tasks and exemplars of student work and innovative teaching

  • Support ESSE teachers with the NCEA standards review.

Project Manager and contact person: Jenny Pollock 0211293174 earthspacenz@gmail.com.