Teacher Only Days (TOD)

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. 

Further information on the Accord.

Accord Teacher Only Days in 2022

For secondary schools and wharekura

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

Schools and wharekura 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 can also choose the dates when they will hold their four Teacher-Only Days. However, the chosen dates must fall within each of these two-week windows: 

Teacher Only Day Dates
TOD 5 May 9 to 20
TOD 6 August 15 to 26
TODs 7 and 8 November 21 to December 2


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

TOD 5 (May 2022)

Between 9 and 20 May, Teacher Only Day Q&A sessions will be hosted via Adobe Connect, as with TOD 2 and 3 in 2021. Questions will be monitored by the Teacher Only Day team between 9am and 3.30pm each day, with subject matter experts on hand to share responses to your questions between 1pm and 3pm. Please submit any questions you have on the day and the team will endeavour to provide a response as soon as possible.

All TOD resources can be found at any time on the Learning Management System (LMS).

TOD 4 (November/December 2021)

The fourth Accord Teacher Only Day can be held on any day from November 1 to the end of the school year. This acknowledges that the original scheduled dates in late November and early December may no longer meet the needs of some schools and communities.

The focus of this TOD will be to provide an opportunity for schools to refresh and consolidate the changes introduced in earlier TODs. Supporting materials will be provided 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)


TOD 3 (August 2021)

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)


TOD 2 (May 2021)

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)

TOD 1 (November 2020)

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)

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