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Overseas Trained Teachers Support (OTTs with provisional certification)

Please assist us in finding OTTs so we can provide workshops in the most suitable locations. If you haven’t already registered as an OTT with us please do so here.

Information regarding OTT PLD opportunities:

OTT workshops

Target audience - OTTs working towards gaining full certification, teaching in schools (teaching years 1-13)
To assist OTTs (and their mentors) in tailoring their I & M programme to focus on teaching in the New Zealand context we are offering:

  • A series of 3 targeted nationwide workshops
  • A series of online PLD modules (e PCT)
  • Forums that focus on key aspects of teaching in the New Zealand context including subject specific PLD for Primary and Secondary Learning areas.

OTT Workshop 1 (term 1) Te Reo Māori, tikanga Māori and culturally responsive teaching  (completed for 2019)

This workshop focussed on Tikanga, Te Reo Māori and Culturally Responsive Pedagogy.

OTT Workshop 2 (term 2) Developing understanding of the NZC (completed for 2019)

This workshop recognises the skills the OTTs bring to the NZ Education System. It aims to develop their understanding of the nature of education in Aotearoa, New Zealand and the New Zealand Curriculum.

NZC – the essence of the document

  • Vision, values, principles and key competencies
  • What do these elements look like in your school?
  • The role of the Board of Trustees

Effective pedagogy

  • Creating a supportive learning environment
  • Engaging reflective thought and action
  • Enhancing the relevance of new learning
  • Facilitating shared learning
  • Making connections to prior learning and experience
  • Providing sufficient opportunities to learn

Teaching as Inquiry

  • Links to teaching as Inquiry with the student at the centre
  • Naturally occurring evidence for the Standards for the Teaching Profession

Progress and Achievement

  • Formative and summative assessment practices
  • Introduction to assessment tools according to Primary/Secondary contexts (including
  • PACT, the learning progressions and NCEA)

OTT Workshop 3 (term 3) Delving Deeper; Design for learning and the NZC

This workshop aims to develop OTT’s understanding of the NZC and supporting documents; Tātaiko, Tapasā and the Local Curriculum Guides. It delves into the ‘back half’ of the document and provides support for teachers to develop teaching and learning programmes by examining the relationship between the concepts in the front and the objectives at the back. This approach develops a curriculum that is localized and puts the student at the centre.

Unpacking Tātaiako, Tapasā & Teaching as Inquiry (TaI) in more depth

  • Unpacking Tātaiako and Tapasā
  • The links to Teaching as Inquiry and the connections between teacher practice and the Standards for the Teaching Profession

Unpacking Planning - links to curriculum

  • Connections to the Key Competencies
  • Exploring and developing the NZC, starting with a Māori lens via Tātaiako.
  • Exploring and developing the NZC, incorporating a Pasifika lens via Tapasā.
  • Assessment; exploring the variety of assessment procedures and tasks available, focusing first on the primary purpose of assessment
  • Assessment for learning and indicators of progress.

Localising your curriculum

  • Exploring resources to support a localized curriculum i.e. TKI, ePCT modules, Local Curriculum Guides and Te Takanga o te Wā and making the learning and assessment authentic
  • Assessment and Reporting including reporting to parents and whānau.

Workshops usually run from 9am-3 pm but times vary in some locations.
There are no course costs for these workshops.

OTT workshop dates, locations and enrolment - workshop 3
Venues for OTT workshop 3

To sign up for the workshops, click here.

OTTs are also eligible to attend PCT Introductory Workshop and Primary & Secondary WS 1 & 2.


Our online, electronic modules, provide self-selected PLD that OTTs can work through individually, with other OTTs and/or alongside their Mentor.

Our OTT specific online courses include:

  • An Introduction to Te Reo Māori
  • An Introduction to Tikanga Māori
  • An Introduction to Culturally Responsive Pedagogy in Aotearoa New Zealand
  • Gaining a Full Practicing Certificate and
  • Developing an Understanding of the NZC

Click here for information on how to enrol and access the modules.

OTT Forums

Online forums begin in Term 3 and are an opportunity for participants to explore a topic in which they would like more guidance.

OTTs will be sent an email inviting them to sign up to the forums via the email address they provided at one of our workshops, or our OTT database. If you would like to attend a forum but have not been to a workshop or signed into our database, you can sign up to the database here.

Registrations for the forums will close one week before they are held. Those registered will then receive a confirmation email that will give them a hyperlink to attend a zoom meeting. This will allow them to participate in the forum on the specified time and date.

Each forum lasts approximately 60 minutes. A facilitator will provide a 20 minute presentation on the topic of the forum. This will be followed by a discussion session about the topic, led by the facilitator. Participants will then have access to the facilitator to ask any questions they have.

At the conclusion of each forum, participants are encouraged to continue their discussions via the shared ESS/Open Polytechnic platform.

List of forums, dates and times available in Term 3 2019.

To view and enrol for the forums that are available, please click here.

Email if you have any questions.