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Saturday, 13 August 2016

Postgrad Specialist Teaching PD


Applications to enrol in the Postgraduate Specialist Teaching (Gifted and Talented) for students starting in 2017 are now OPEN. Please encourage your interested staff to do this as soon as possible so that their applications can be assessed and an offer made.

INFORMATION  (This is the Specialist Teaching site. Play the video to get information about your endorsement)

Programme details are available at:


Apply NOW for this pre-selected programme at the link:

The closing date for applications is 10 December 2016 for a Semester 1 start.All documentation must be received by this date.

With the enrolment you will need to provide verified hard copies of your passport, academic transcripts for your degree and professional qualification, current teacher practicing certificate or professional registration plus a current CV emphasising your strengths in the area of your endorsement.

NB: With the introduction of the new “Vulnerable Children’s Act” mandatory police checks for those without a current practicing certificate are taking 6- 8 weeks.

Endorsement: G&T
The Year one papers are:
Paper Name
Paper Number
Albany 10
Block 1
Core Theory and Foundations of Specialist Teaching
Semester 1
PN 4
Block 1
Theory and Foundations of G& T
Semester 2

Note: Only list the papers being completed in 2017. Two papers (60 credits) is half a full time study load. Those working full time should consider doing one paper (30 credits) each year. The programme has a maximum timeframe of four years.

For queries regarding enrolment please contact Massey Contact (0800627739 or )
For paper and programme advice contact the Academic Advice and Information Team

For enrolment issues or special circumstances email Roseanne MacGillivray ( )


What is P4C?
The Philosophy for Children (P4C) programme is often described as a thinking skills programme or a course in critical and creative thinking. While it is true that philosophy for children does improve students’ critical and creative thinking skills, calling it a “thinking skills” programme does not do it justice. It does much more as well.  Philosophy for children builds on the students’ own wonder and curiosity about ideas that are vitally important to them. The subject matter of Philosophy for Children is those common, central and contestable concepts that underpin both our experience of human life and all academic disciplines.                                                        
Outcomes from participation in P4C
  • Higher order thinking skills
  • Independent thinking
  • Excitement and motivation
  • Increased reading comprehension
  • Maths and science achievement
  • Increased co-operative skills
  • Better relationships with peers and parents
  • Personal development and self-esteem
  • Transfer of skills to other areas of study

“I love the way it embraces the intent of the 2007 Key Competencies and underpins thinking” 
“Adds a new dimension to your teaching. Great way to extend kids thinking” 
“A FANTASTIC two days. I can’t wait to share this with my colleagues and class” 

Contact:                Bridget Comer (P4CNZ Manawatu Regional Representative)

                                    0211 895 830

Sunday, 12 June 2016

Happy Gifted Awareness Week! 

What are you/your school doing to promote belonging: acceptance, inclusion, and connection in your centre/school? This week is a timely reminder to keep viewing our gifted learners with open eyes to ensure this population of learners belong too. Feel free to share in the comments below what your school/centre has planned. Alternatively, check out the websites for  NZ Centre for Gifted Education, , giftEDnz,, and the NZ Association for Gifted Children to find out what Nz's three nationwide charities are doing for inspiration.

Don't forget to check out the position paper at NZ Centre for Gifted Education and the Gifted Awareness Week Blog Tour