Literacy and Numeracy June Update

18 June 2015

This TEC Now updates you on a number of TEC literacy and numeracy projects.


Literacy and Numeracy Implementation Strategy consultation

The TEC’s new draft Literacy and Numeracy Implementation Strategy sets out how we will work with the tertiary sector, with employers and across government from 2015 to 2019 to lift literacy and numeracy skills.

The Strategy has been developed following consultation earlier this year with stakeholders in the tertiary education sector and with employers.

We now seek your feedback on the Strategy’s direction, our proposed actions within each workstream, and our targets for success.

The draft Strategy and feedback form is available on the Literacy and Numeracy Implementation consultation web page

Please send your feedback to by 5pm Wednesday 15 July 2015.

We will consider all the feedback we receive during this consultation period and we will finalise the Strategy by September 2015.

New Road Code literacy and numeracy modules on Pathways Awarua

New literacy and numeracy modules that help young people and adults learn and understand the Road Code and hence gain a driver’s licence are now available on

Pathways Awarua is a TEC-funded free online self-directed literacy and numeracy learning resource made up of pathways of modules for learners to complete at their own pace. The TEC collaborated with the NZ Transport Agency to develop the modules. Read more about the modules on the NZTA’s education portal.

Updated Assessment Tool usage guide

We have refreshed our guidelines for tertiary education organisations on how to use the Literacy and Numeracy for Adults Assessment Tool (Assessment Tool).

The updated guide contains our expectations for using the Assessment Tool by fund and assessment areas for monitoring and reporting. These expectations build on the Assessment Tool usage requirements which are in the funding conditions for various foundation-level funds.

He Taunga Waka professional development

Ako Aotearoa provides the ‘He Taunga Waka’ professional development programme to help educators better engage and facilitate improvement in literacy and numeracy skills among Māori and Pasifika learners.

Interactive practical workshops are coming soon to help increase the confidence and competence of educators working with Māori and Pasifika learners in the literacy and numeracy space.

The workshops will be in Auckland and Hamilton in July, and then in Wellington and Christchurch in September and October. Learn more and register online at

Qualification requirements for literacy and numeracy educators

We have revised how we will ensure this requirement is being met by tertiary providers, and we have also consolidated existing information about the requirement on our website. Read more on the new web page Qualification requirements for literacy and numeracy educators

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