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NZASE PLD in 2024

The 2023 NCEA primary facilitator is unavailable at present and we are seeking a replacement. If you know of anyone who might be able to help, please email Mike Stone.

Our 2 facilitators are Mike Stone [email protected]  and Judith Bennetts [email protected]


In term 1 2024, PLD involved weekly support for L1 NCEA Science. Each presentation was recorded and, together with the PowerPoint, a written summary of the discussion and some shared resources, are available at

Term 2

As this term’s PLD is using a little bit of left over NEX funding from 2023, we will only be able to facilitate face-to-face in the four main centres. We hope to be able to to go back to face to face clusters in more places next term. For the others we offer an online cluster.

Region VenueDate & Time FacilitatorRegistration link
Dunedin Otago Girls’ High School28 May 2024 | 4-5:30 pmJudith Bennetts
Christchurch Christchurch Girls’ High School31 May 2024 | 9am-3pmJudith Bennetts
All regionsOnline4 Jun 2024 | 4-5:30pmJudith Bennetts and Mike stone
WellingtonTaita College 6 Jun 2024 | 4-5:30pmMike Stone
AucklandNorthcote College11 June | 4-5.30 pmMike Stone (NZASE)
AucklandRosehill College12 June | 4 -5.30 pmCatherine Hunter (ASTA)
AucklandMAGS19 June | 4-5.50 pmCarolyn Haslam (ASTA)

Science subject associations and PLD

All Science subject associations have Networks of Expertise funding to provide PLD. This will be important to help teachers prepare for new standards coming into effect in 2024. To get on their PLD contact lists, email: Allan for BEANZ (Biology); Suzanne Scourfield for SCENZ (Chemistry); Helen for NZIP (Physics); Donna or Jenny for ESSENZ (Earth & Space Science); and Kerry for HATA (Agriculture and Horticulture).

New L1 units

In mid-Noema, NZASE brought together a group of 12 experienced teachers, four from pilot schools, to create these L1 units. They are intended to show teachers what units might look like for a L1 course assessed with the NCEA Science standards. We hope you find these units helpful.

Please make a copy of the folder or files, and then you will find those copies in your own computer’s Google Drive (look for My Drive on the left side of your screen).

Pilot school resources

Watch the December 1 2023 panel discussion with some pilot schools on the new L1 Nature of Science standards.

This Google Drive includes the resources developed earlier by schools piloting the L1 Science standards, which are now available to all Science teachers.

Webinars on L1 Science standards with pilot schools

In 2022, NZASE organised four webinars, each focussing on one of the L1 Science standards. In these, teachers from four pilot schools were interviewed about how they approached each standard, the teaching and the assessment. View these webinars below.

S1.1 Develop a science-informed response to a local socio-scientific issue
S1.2 Use a range of scientific investigative approaches in a taiao context
S1.3 Describe features of science in the development of a scientific idea in an Aotearoa NZ or Pacific context
S1.4 Demonstrate understanding of science claims in communicated information using māramatanga