Teacher Aide



MoE Funded PLD – FREE for YOU


Teacher Aide MASTERCLASS has been custom designed with three unique threads woven together to improve cultural capability, student wellbeing and student achievement.

Teacher Aide MASTERCLASS is a fresh look at best-practice pedagogy as well as emergent pedagogy that is proven to be effective in supporting and improving student wellbeing and achievement. Grounded in recent international research, including research from the McGill Centre for Research in Neuroscience, you will come away equipped with truck-loads of hands-on practical tools. You'll be armed and dangerous with the skills, strategies and inspirations to improve student wellbeing, your own cultural responsiveness, and the ability to empower students to achieve and succeed in literacy.

Learning Outcomes:

Teacher Aide Masterclass is a FREE, exciting, engaging and empowering one-day Professional Learning and Development workshop designed to strengthen your skills and knowledge as a teacher aide to:

  • improve ākonga wellbeing

  • improve your own cultural capabilities 

  • improve your ability to support ākonga in literacy.


Who Should Attend:

YOU & Teacher Aides [Primary and Secondary]​





Literacy Expert

Marshall Diggs MEd, will inspire, teach and empower you with best-practice skills and strategies to engage and improve student within the Literacy thread as he shares from his reservoir of knowledge and experience as a Principal, PLD Presenter, Literacy expert. Participants will come away with ready to use resources, fun games, examples and both reading and writing techniques that can be immediately implemented to ignite and fuel a passion for literacy with their ākonga.

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Cultural Capabilities and Engagement (Te Ao Māori)

The cultural thread has been authored by Serena Cooper who currently lectures Māori and Indigenous Studies at the University of Canterbury and works with Growth Culture as a Kaitaupua ākonga. Serena is a dynamic presenter who shares with ease and humour on a range of easy to implement strategies around effective CRPP and how to improve cultural capabilities by embracing tikanga Māori in way that can contribute to raising student achievement and holistic health for our tamariki.

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Counsellor, Masters in Psychology

Aaron Ironside has a Master’s degree in Psychology and is the GCLA Wellness Kaiārahi. Aaron also runs his own counselling practice from his Auckland Clinic. Aaron will share proven strategies that promote wellness by reducing anxiety and helping students regulate behaviours and emotions. Participants will also be equipped with quick steps and skills to diagnose emotions and behaviours “like a Doctor in Emergency Department” but with Psychological Triage Techniques. For example, techniques to defuse and deescalate anger, questioning and listening strategies, and techniques to refocus and redirected disengaged students.



Monday 12th July 2021, 9.30am - 3pm


Venue: Ellerslie Event Centre

Cost: FREE (funded by Ministry of Education)



Tuesday 13th July 2021, 9.30am - 3pm

Venue: Hamilton Gardens

Cost: FREE (funded by Ministry of Education)




Wednesday 14th July 2021, 9.30am - 3pm

Venue: Basin Reserve

Cost: FREE (funded by Ministry of Education)




Thursday 15th July 2021, 9.30am - 3pm

Venue: George Hotel

Cost: FREE (funded by Ministry of Education)




FREE – accessing course funding:

The Teacher Aide PLD Pilot Fund is granted directly through the MoE. The MoE will fund the full course fees of $499 PLUS your wages as a teacher aide during the time you attend the PLD course. There is also an additional allowance of up to $500 for travel and accommodation if you have to travel to a location of 100km or more away.


*Currently, the Ministry of Education does not support Independant Schools with this funding. 


Application Process:

  1. 'Book now' to confirm your place in our course and provide your details. There are four locations to choose from.

  2. A confirmation email will send you a link to apply for MOE funding. An exemplar form is provided below to assist you in your application. Funding may be limited, we suggest you apply immediately to avoid disappointment. 

  3. Once approved, please contact Growth Culture. An invoice will be sent to your school payable once funding is confirmed. This must be paid prior to the course to confirm your place.

  4. Your school will simply invoice MOE and be fully reimbursed the total amount (course fee, travel + accommodation and 6 hours of wages) following the workshop.

Bonus: The workshop is jam packed with resources, strategies and freebies, along with great PRIZES. In addition, because we know how valuable you are to our sector, on arrival you will be: greeted with a smile, introduced to your hosts, receive a barista-made coffee, assigned seating with a network of local teacher aides, given a comprehensive resource pack as well as a morning tea and lunch, all inclusive.

Frequently asked questions:
Can I send more than one teacher aide from my school?
- yes, you can. The MoE Teacher Aide Pilot Fund is granted per teacher aide. Each teacher aide will need to fill out an application form and have their own unique ESL login. Your school's delegated authoriser (usually the Principal) will need to set each Teacher Aide up with an ESL (if they don't already have one).
Am I paid for a day's work (even if the course falls in the holidays)?
- yes, the MoE have requested, that where possible, this funding be used for PLD during term breaks.
Is the extra 'travel and accommodation allowance' for each teacher, or the school (if sending a group)?
- the allowance is for each teacher aide, however these are checked vigorously by the Ministry of Education. The criteria is:
  • you are located more than 100km from a population centre of more than 20,000 people, or

  • you have to travel to a specialist course that is only delivered in limited locations of 100km or more away, or

  • you have to travel between islands.

How long will it take for my MoE application to be approved?

if using the online form, the ministry tells us there is a 3-4 day turn-around. There is also the option of a downloadable form which can be emailed back to the Ministry of Education. However, this is generally reserved for Teacher Aides with inconsistent internet and can take 6 weeks for approval.
I am not employed by a school at present, but I would like to upskill and attend your seminar. Can I?
- we would love to host you at our seminar, however it will cost you $499+gst. Please register your details at your preferred venue.
Need help?
Please phone or email one of our friendly team if you would like assistance completing the application.
Growth Culture is an esteemed Ministry of Education approved PLD provider and can assist you in accessing this FREE course through the Teacher Aide PLD Pilot Fund.
An exempler form is available below which may assist you in your application.

Anna Grace

027 560 9600

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