Big Day Out 2023

As always, this was a day of inspiring workshops, bookended by keynotes from Toby Manhire and Caroline Barron

Susy Carryer and Laura Borrowdale

An explanation of the intended learning behind the new matrix and using it to plan a programme of teaching and learning.

As soon as the video of the presentation is available you will be able to access it by clicking on the image to the left. In the meantime, the slideshow, with relevant links, is available.

Curriculum Refresh

A recording of the presentation by David Taylor and Chris Carr about the new English curriculum.

Big Day Out 2022 Resources

Resources provided by speakers at the Big Day Out

Literature and Imagination in a Brutal World

A conversation with Tom Bishop and Claudia Rozas Gomez about “old world” words like wonder and imagination (and possibly reading and writing). (Click on the image to watch a recording)

Behind every great brand is a team of makers and doers. Let your visitors know who they are.

Revised Level 1 Standards

David Schaumann is piloting these standards for a second year. He tells us how much easier it is the second time around.

Behind every great brand is a team of makers and doers. Let your visitors know who they are.

Powerpoint Presentation

Curriculum Changes and opportunities

A presentation by Shaun Hawthorne and Nigel Mitchell

Further resources and powerpoint

English Mini Pilot

Listen to teachers involved in piloting the new English standards reflect on their experiences.

Scholarship Workshop (Sian Evans)

Sian Evans enlightens us with her top tips and tricks for supporting students to do well in Scholarship English


Developing a culture of collaboration: Monique and Ruth make pop culture references as they share the Glendowie journey with the Middle Years Programme and the requirement for collaborative planning.

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More about How To Team

Click on the image for a second slideshow with resources from Monique and Ruth

Philosophy in the English Classroom

Drawing on ideas from Philosophy for Children, Amanda Gill shared a range of practical ways to encourage our students to think more deeply.

Click on the image to view her powerpoint presentation

Constructing an Argument (Sian Evans)

In “Constructing an Argument”, we reverse-engineer a successful literary essay and examine how to teach the construction of paragraphs and thesis statements at Level 1, 2 and 3.

This workshop was delivered via NZATE during lockdown 2021.

Why a Text Matters (Tom Bishop)

Professor Tom Bishop from the University of Auckland offers an on-line workshop to stimulate meaningful and significant thinking about why a text matters. How can we challenge students to be open to changing their sense of what interactivity they bring to the text, how they position themselves with it, and it with them? Tom's context will be Shakespeare but the ideas will have universal value for any studied text. This can help encourage more meaningful connections beyond the text for teachers frustrated with "This reminds me of when Hitler..." Let's give our external markers something better in November. We all deserve it.

Beyond the Text (Sian Evans

Online workshop delivered via NZATE during lockdown 2021.

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