First Year PCT Programme (for Teachers who Teach 0-3 Year Students)

Course Programme

All sessions (excluding Zoom Meetings) will run between 9.30am and 3.00pm. The structure of each session will follow this daily format: 

9.30am – 10.15am

10.15am – 10.30am

10.30am – 12.30pm

12.30pm –  1.00pm

1.00pm –  2.30pm

2.30pm –  3.00pm

Mentoring Time – burning issues, reflection, inquiry, next steps, goal setting, networking, collegial collaboration

Morning Tea

Content Facilitation


Content Facilitation

Reflection Time – teachers to process the day’s information, follow their own lines of inquiry and review

Session 1: Getting Started!

Wednesday 16 February 2022

9.30am – 3.00pm 


Information about the Induction and Mentoring Programme and working towards full certification;

Unpacking the codes and standards, setting goals in alignment with your school procedures;

Creating effective classroom/learning environments and management/organisation;

Student engagement and developing connected, positive relationships – some ‘starter off’ behaviour management strategies;

Promoting a growth mindset, wellbeing and mindfulness;

Teachers to participate in circle time training and drama activities to develop empathy, cohesiveness, cooperation and collaboration with their own students.

Presented by Jo Williams

Session 2: Developing an Effective and Balanced Reading Programme

Wednesday 2 March 2022

9.30am – 3.00pm 


A practical guide for shared, modelled, guided and independent reading;

How to meet all your learners’ needs;

A variety of ideas for an inspiring literacy approach.

Presented by Louise Dempsey

Session 3: Developing Positive and Meaningful Relationships: A Continual Work in Progress

Wednesday 30 March 2022

10.30am – 12.30pm Zoom Meeting  Zoom

starting back

How are you going?

This session is a debrief, reflection and review of your previous two sessions. We recognise that in Term 1 the Getting Started session and the Reading session for first year beginning teachers is a lot of information to take on board. 

This zoom meeting allows teachers to discuss their practice so far and provides an opportunity to ask questions, gain clarification, add and enhance ideas already shared. 

We will return to some behaviour management strategies and reflect on how developing positive, meaningful student relationships is a continual progression. 

Presented by Jo Williams

Session 4: Developing an Inquiry Based, Rich, Connected Mathematics Programme

Wednesday 11 May 2022

9.30am – 3.00pm    

Lucie Cheeseman

Unpack the learning progressions and alignment in the New Zealand Curriculum with the Number Framework;

Focus on developing a problem solving approach in mathematics;

Explore how to develop students’ collaboration skills and resilience when working as mathematicians;

Focus on developing students’ mathematical communication skills.

Presented by Lucie Cheeseman

Session 5: Setting the Foundations for Establishing an Integrated and Balanced Writing Programme for Junior Writers

Wednesday 15 June 2022

9.30am – 3.00pm    

Importance of Oral Language

Review the features of an effective, balanced writing programme;

Unpack the writing skills that students need to develop in order to write independently;

Explore a holistic approach to writing, looking at how writing can be integrated across the curriculum and through play, sensory opportunities and day to day experiences.

Presented by Jo Williams

Session 6: Integrating more Te Reo in the Mainstream Classroom

Wednesday 3 August 2022

9.30am – 3.00pm    

Michele Coxhead

Looking at the Standard – Te Tiriti o Waitangi Partnership;

Demonstrate commitment to tangata whenua and Te Tiriti o Waitangi partnership in Aotearoa New Zealand;

Unpacking ‘Protection, Partnership, Participation’;

Introducing Te Reo Maori activities and resources.

Presented by Michele Coxhead

Session 7: Student Engagement Through Science and an Integrated Curriculum

Wednesday 14 September 2022

9.30am – 3.00pm    


This session will demonstrate fun, hands-on exploration and investigation activities that teachers can implement in their own learning settings. By looking through a science lens, we are able to harness children’s innate curiosity leading to their engagement. 

We will explore how we can foster a student’s sense of wonder and develop early inquiry, questioning and thinking skills. There will be opportunities in the day to explore websites, resources and further readings and to make links with other curriculum areas.

Presented by Eleanor Hart

Session 8: Teachers’ Choice

Wednesday 2 November 2022

9.30am – 3.00pm    


Having worked and collaborated together during the year, this session will be left open for teachers to select a preferred final PLD topic.

Presented by: Name to be advised.