Teacher-Only Days (TOD)

Ko te tauira reo Pākehā kē tēnei o te whārangi nei, i te korenga o tētahi tauira reo Māori.


Welcome to the Teacher-Only Day Series | Nau mai ki Ngā Rangi mō ngā Kaiako-Anake

The Ministry confirms four additional Teacher-Only Days are available for primary and secondary schools – two in 2023 and two in 2024. The additional days are to support implementation across The New Zealand Curriculum refresh, re-design of Te Marautanga o Aotearoa and the shifts to strengthen NCEA. 

Read the latest update:

The current Teacher-Only Day| Ngā Rangi mō ngā Kaiako-Anake window runs from 21 November – 2 December. Two Teacher-Only Days are allocated for this window. During this Teacher-Only Day window, there will be face-to-face activities in Southland, Nelson, Wellington and Taranaki/Whanganui/Manawatu regions. If you would like to attend or want support to connect with other schools and kura in your region, please contact the NCEA Lead at your regional office.

We have released a range of new resources and materials to support this Teacher-Only Day:

  • Pacific Values Framework
    • The Pacific Values Framework is designed to support you to build your capability to design programmes of learning that are inclusive and relevant to Pacific learners and contexts.
    • It aims to support you to develop local curriculum that incorporates Pacific knowledges, languages, cultures, and identities as inherently valuable to the teaching and learning of respective subjects.
  • Insights into kaupapa Māori Videos
    • A series of short videos have been developed to support you to build your understanding of mātauranga concepts that are embedded in NCEA subjects.
    • This bilingual resource features three Māori educators discussing their insights into 12 mātauranga Māori concepts that are used across NCEA subjects.
  • Te Marautanga o Aotearoa Level 2 Revised Materials
    • The release of the Level 2 Te Marautanga o Aotearoa revised material has been delayed. Arohamai for any negative impact of this delay. The revised materials will be released at the end of the year after the Teacher-Only Day Window has closed.
    • The Level 2 Te Marautanga o Aotearoa Draft Materials are still available to view. These draft materials are being revised from feedback collected in public engagements.
  • NCEA NZC Materials Description
    • This resource provides explanations of the new NCEA materials and how they are used, with guidance to help you find them on the NCEA website.
    • A facilitation slideshow to support your department, school or kura to work through the materials as a group is also available.
  • Literacy and Numeracy Curated Resource Bank
    • The curated resource bank will support you to quickly find high quality literacy and numeracy resources. These resources support you to embed literacy and numeracy into your practice.

There are a broad range of resources supporting the NCEA Changes here on the NCEA website and on the Learning Management System. We encourage you to explore these resources and to keep up to date with the latest releases on this page.

We want to hear your feedback on your Teacher-Only Day experience and the supporting resources. If you have any pātai or feedback, please get in touch via ncea.review@education.govt.nz.

Teacher-Only Days in 2023 and 2024

Teacher-Only Days have specific focus on shifts to strengthen NCEA, refresh of The New Zealand Curriculum and redesign of Te Marautanga o Aotearoa.  

Two TODs are provided in 2023 and two TODs in 2024.

The first TOD in 2023 can be held during the first two weeks of Term Two – between Monday 24 April and Friday 5 May 2023.

Direct input from sector representatives is crucial to support delivery of Teacher-Only Days. We will engage with a sector advisory group to manage delivery of Teacher-Only Days in 2023 and 2024. The Ministry will establish this group as soon as practical. 

Timing and content of the second Teacher-Only Day in 2023 and in 2024 will be confirmed with the sector advisory group. 

Accord Teacher-Only Days in 2022

For schools and kura

There are four Teacher-Only Days allocated this year to support the implementation of changes to NCEA. 

Schools and kura can choose the focus/topics of each day to best suit local circumstances. All resources will be made available on the Ministry of Education’s Learning Management System. 

Schools and kura can choose two days within the Teacher-Only Day window to hold their remaining Accord Teacher-Only Days for 2022.

Teacher-Only Day Dates
TODs 7 and 8 November 21 to December 2


Further information will be provided through the School Bulletin and posted on this website. 

Past Teacher-Only Days

TOD 6 (August 2022)

The sixth Accord Teacher-Only Day took place in August 2022.

Along with the NCEA Level 2 (Group 1) and TMOA Level 2 draft materials, a number of further resources were released:

The fifth Accord Teacher-Only Day took place in May 2022.

A Literacy and Numeracy planning document was released and can be found on the Learning Management System (LMS).

The fourth Accord Teacher-Only Day took place in November and December 2021.

The focus of this TOD was to provide an opportunity for schools to refresh and consolidate the changes introduced in earlier TODs. Supporting materials were released which touch on a variety of customisable topics related to local course design, allowing schools to dip into what's most important for its teachers.

Learning Management System (LMS)

The third Accord Teacher-Only Day took place in August 2021. The focus of this day was the Review of Achievement Standards for Level 1 of the NZC and TMOA.

Learning Management System (LMS)

The focus of the May 2021 Teacher-Only days was 2 of the 7 changes to strengthen NCEA:

  1. Mana Ōrite mō te Mātauranga Māori: This is an opportunity to explore in more depth why this change is important, consider some of the real-life successes in supporting mana ōrite mō te mārautanga Māori in secondary schools and korero about where your school is currently sitting on its own journey.

  2. Strengthening Literacy & Numeracy and Te Reo Matatini me te Pāngarau: This is a focus on what the core curriculum changes are and why they are important. Including opportunities for you to discuss what the changes to Literacy & Numeracy standards mean in your school and what tools and supports you might need to aide your school’s change journey.

Learning Management System (LMS)

The November 2020 Accord Teacher-Only Day was held in teachers’ own schools, with light-touch facilitation by school staff. This day focused on introducing the NCEA Change Programme and the reasons for change, what the changes are including the Review of Achievement Standards, and introduced the plan for implementing the changes. 

Learning Management System (LMS)

About Accord Teacher-Only Days

Eight additional Teacher-Only Days were allocated in an Accord between the Ministry of Education, NZEI Te Riu Roa and PPTA Te Wehengarua to be used between November 2020 and the end of 2022, and will not extend the school year.

These days are to support the implementation of changes to NCEA, and the wider strengthening of curriculum, progress and achievement practice. 

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