First Year PCT Programme (for Teachers who Teach 4-8 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!

Thursday 17 February 2022

9.30am – 3.00pm 

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

Getting Started

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: Practical Ideas for Planning a Balanced Reading Programme

Thursday 3 March 2022

9.30am – 3.00pm 

Practical Ideas for Planning a Balanced Reading Programme

Approaches used in a balanced reading programme;

Managing and organising groups;

Purposeful reading responses and activities for students.

Presented by Sheena Cameron

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

Thursday 31 March 2022

10.30am – 12.30pm Zoom Meeting  Zoom

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

Thursday 12 May 2022

9.30am – 3.00pm    

Developing an Inquiry Based

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: Developing a Balanced Writing Programme for Diverse Learners

Thursday 16 June 2022

9.30am – 3.00pm    

Essential elements of a well balanced and engaging writing programme;

Practical tools to establish a writing programme for today’s diverse learners;

Formative practice techniques to ensure student progress and accelerated learning achievement in writing; 

Practical tools and strategies to build teacher confidence.

Presented by Sarah Valintine

Session 6: Integrating more Te Reo in the Mainstream Classroom

Thursday 4 August 2022

9.30am – 3.00pm    

Integrating more Te Reo into the Mainstream Classroom

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

Thursday 15 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

Thursday 3 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.