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Education Support Services

COVID Alert Level 4 Update

He waka eke noa.

While our offices are temporarily closed, our facilitators at Education Support Services (ESS) University of Otago are working remotely to support schools, kura and early learning centres as we all respond to the current COVID-19 outbreak.

We are following closely the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Education guidelines and our main concern is for the safety of staff and students in schools and kura.

We will continue to deliver your current PLD focus at a distance and have alternate approaches for our English and Māori medium delivery for PCT/OTTs and mentors, Programmes for Students (ALL, ALiM and MST), Reading Recovery and SELO.

If you had booked a workshop, school or kura visit this week or next, your facilitator will be in touch with you to confirm whether there is an online option or postponement date.

Kia kaha, noho ora mai rā
Davina Hunt, Director, Education Support Services

Cultural Capability PLD support

ESS has been approved by the Ministry of Education to provide Cultural Capability PLD and we have a number of experienced facilitators available to support schools and kura. If you would like support or have any enquires about this PLD, please contact the Director, Davina Hunt at or 03 479 4907.

University of Otago College of Education partnerships

University of Otago Education Support Services works in collaboration with Tokona Te Raki Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu.

Education Support Services (ESS) is dedicated to developing and providing quality professional learning and development (PLD) with and for educators to improve outcomes for all learners. We have highly committed and experienced facilitators who draw on current research and practice to build educators’ capability within schools and organisations.

ESS is able to provide support through professional development for teachers and school leaders:

Our services include

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