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COVID-19 Resources and quick links

The Teaching Council is committed to supporting teachers and leaders during the country-wide COVID-19 response.

On this page you will find high-quality, reliable and practical information and resources relevant to health and wellbeing, teaching and learning in lockdown and funding and employment matters. It is a mix of Council-developed content and links sourced from around the web. There's something for everyone whether you prefer to read, watch or listen!

For the latest general COVID-19 guidance, please click here.

For information about how Council services are impacted by the lockdown visit this page.



Mental Health foundation top tips to get through

Find ways to keep connected, stay active, connect with nature, new ways to relax and more tips.

All Right? new campaign '‘Getting through together’

Daily Wellbeing
Being Your Best
Parenting & Whānau
Te Ao Māori
Workplace Wellbeing
Coping In Tough Times

Teaching Today podcast: Teacher wellbeing

This episode features Professor Meihana Durie and psychologist Jacqui Maguire about the importance of teachers taking care of themselves and each other.  

The Mentemia app

Get practical tips and techniques to help you take control of your mental wellbeing with this app, created by All Blacks legend and mental health advocate Sir John Kirwan, tech entrepreneur Adam Clark, and an expert team of medical advisors. 

Schools webinar: Supporting the wellbeing of teachers, students and parents

Clinical Psychologist Dr Natalie Flynn discussed the research behind the importance of supporting the wellbeing of teachers, students and parents as well as practical strategies to support wellbeing and mental health.

The Magic of your Mindset

In this series of articles Associate Director, Te Whai toi Tangata, University of Waikato and Co-Chair Teachers in Crisis Contexts Collaborative Chris Henderson discusses how our mental health and wellbeing is critical in a crisis and how to manage it.

Values to guide and inspire

See how this kura's shared values are the glue that hold them together when times get tough. 


Tips for working from home

Dr Sarb Johal is a specialist in the psychology of disaster recovery and pandemics.  He's been thinking about ways to make working from home work for you, and has come up with 9 key points.


The Ministry of Education has launched two new websites filled with information, guidance and resources, Learning from Home and Ki te Ao Mārama.

Advice for teachers and parents about social media - NetSafe

Early learning resources 

Home Learning TV

The Ministry of Education has partnered with TVNZ to deliver entertaining educational programming for our tamariki, including teacher-led lessons and featuring Suzy Cato, Karen O’Leary, Jordan Vandermade and Nathan Wallis.

Te Whāriki: Kaiako support for learning at home

Advice for supporting learning at home.

Voices from early learning

Here are some examples of different ways services are  connecting with parents and whānau to support learning at home home during the lockdown.

David Walliams daily storytelling

A free audiobook everyday of David Walliams's collection of wickedly funny, deliciously mischievous tales, read by the author himself.

Primary resources


NZ maths

A collection of sample weekly plans (by year level) for teachers to support student learning in mathematics at home. Each plan contains a range of activities from and e-ako maths.

Go Noodle Good Energy at Home

A free online resource, providing ways for kids and families to move and learn together.


LEARNZ offers free virtual field trips from across Aotearoa, as well as far-away places including Antarctica. The field trips are designed to be experienced by students with support from their teachers. 


NCEA hard copy resources

Schools can browse for printed NCEA resources here and find out how to order them.



AnyQuestions offers free, online help to assist New Zealand students with their school work. Between 10am and 6pm weekdays, students can log on and chat with a librarian.

Science Learning Hub

Explore New Zealand science education resources.


NZEI FAQs for early learning and primary teachers

PPTA FAQs for secondary teachers


Ministry of Education advice for early learning centres

Preparing for opening under Alert Level 3

COVID-19 wage subsidy

Relief teachers applying for COVID-19 wage subsidy

Work and Income childcare subsidy

Employment/workforces issues


Property checklist for early learning centres


Ministry of Education advice for schools/kura

Preparing for opening under Alert Level 3

Support for distance learning


Microsoft & Google technology support sessions for schools establishing distance learning


Staffing provisions

International students – critical incidents, homestay issues and supporting mental wellbeing

Recommencing Ministry-contracted school transport services under alert level 3

Property checklist for schools