A teaching project at an early childhood education (ECE) centre in Auckland is among 33 new and innovative teaching projects in schools and ECE centres that are now able to get underway thanks to funding from the third round of the $18m Teacher-led Innovation Fund (TLIF). 

ECE centre A’oga Fa’a Samoa Incorporated’s project was one of several to receive funding to use digital technology to improve practices in teaching and learning. Another TLIF project will use the principles of gaming to engage students.

Education Minister Nikki Kaye today announced $2.2m funding over the next three years for the latest teaching projects. TLIF is focused on supporting projects that engage students who are Māori, Pasifika, have special education needs, or come from low socioeconomic backgrounds.

The fund has been opened for the first time to teachers from early learning services to directly apply for funding. Round three involves teachers from 35 schools, 10 early childhood education services and kōhanga reo, and 19 Communities of Learning | Kahui Ako.

Alongside using new technologies the projects in round three also have a strong focus on improving the transition for students both starting school and moving between years.

One project in Nelson will test an international programme for new entrants with high, social, emotional and behavioural needs. Another project includes using student profiles in the middle years to support improving student engagement and achievement, parent and whānau understanding and changing teacher practices. Another uses student-directed learning in science, technology engineering and maths to support boys’ writing.

“TLIF is about enabling our teachers from early learning through to secondary to try something new, something different and innovative, to inspire children and young people in their learning.

“It’s also about ensuring that our teaching and learning practices are modern, relevant and future-focused, taking the best from new methods being tried internationally alongside testing new Kiwi ideas.”

TLIF is part of the Government’s $359 million Investing in Educational Success initiative to increase collaboration among teachers and schools to raise achievement for students. Today’s announcement adds to the 85 projects that have already been funded through TLIF. The next funding round opens in November 2017.

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