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Schools to continue receiving all publications and resources

4 September 2013

Schools to continue receiving all publications and resources

The Ministry of Education says schools will receive all publications and continue to access online resources as expected and will not be affected by the wind-down of Learning Media.

Deputy Secretary for Education, Andrew Hampton, says the Ministry is contacting schools today to reassure them they will be receiving all curriculum resources they are expecting.

“We will be working with other providers and putting in place plans that mean schools won’t be impacted by what is happening with Learning Media.

“Work will be transitioned so the School Journal and all the other publications schools are expecting will continue to arrive as scheduled and into the future.”

Mr Hampton says Learning Media has made an extremely valuable contribution over a number of years providing quality education resources, and the Ministry would like the critical expertise of its staff to continue to be available to the education sector.

“We are working to identify opportunities for this. In particular, we want to make sure Māori Medium capability remains available, along with expertise in Pasifika culture and language.”

Mr Hampton says the Ministry followed good procurement practice by putting in place a panel of preferred suppliers last year for the development of curriculum resources.

“The Government has required all agencies to demonstrate value for money and this has meant a more competitive environment for the services we need.

“The change also meant we had access to an even broader range of innovative and creative resources and technologies.

“There are other suppliers on the panel who also have a proven track record of providing quality resources that meet the needs of schools and children.”

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