Webinar Presentations

Webinar Presentations

Assessment Webinar Library

NZAI is running occasional webinars on assessment topics of interest to our members. On this page you can find the library of past webinars including power points used and copies of the webinars themselves.


Our latest webinar was held on May 16 2024.

Doing the things that work and doing them our way.

This webinar featured a workshop from our recent Assessment Conference, presented by Ben Hutchings. Principal of Te Kura Tirohanga Maunga | Mountain View School in Māngere Bridge in Auckland. In Ben’s own words, his school “has been on a wild ride like everyone else – from COVID to flooding. But by promoting a collective awareness of puumanawatanga in our place, measuring impact over time and building an approach that focuses on repeated opportunities we are beginning to see real success. Along the way, a curriculum and assessment approach has emerged by focussing on what works – more specifically, what works for us.”

This is a copy of the powerpoint used in the webinar.

The copy of the webinar is below.

Our Previous Webinars



Making assessment worthwhile for you and your students

This was a panel discussion between three experienced educators whose names you’ll recognise: Kaye Brunton, former principal and now education consultant for Evaluation Associates; Viv Mallabar, deputy principal of Ormiston Junior College; and Professor Jenny Poskitt of Massey University. They focussed on what’s worthwhile in assessment, and how to keep it manageable.



Formative Assessment at Te Papapa School – how the school makes it work to enhance student achievement

In the webinar Michael Absolum talks with Principal Robyn Curry and her staff about the inter-related systemic processes used at Te Papapa School to make formative decisions that enhance student achievement across the school and community.


Enhancing your assessment capability using questioning and activities

Kaye Brunton facilitates a discussion on how to use the Companion Guide to the Assessment PPP to further assessment understanding.

You can find the Assessment to Improve Learning: Principles, Practices and Proof and its Companion Guide here on our website.

This is a copy of the powerpoint Kaye used in the webinar.

Frameworks to guide effective assessment practices

Kaye Brunton and Viv Mallabar use their experience of teaching, leading and PLD facilitation to offer workable frameworks for managing sound and effective assessment in your school. Their ideas are based on NZAI’s recent publication, Assessment to Improve Learning: Principles, Practices and Proof.

Principles and Philosophies of Rukuhia, Rarangahia

Cindy Pile-Wetere and Aroha Heaslip continue their exploration of Ako me te Aromatawai.

This webinar focuses on the principles and philosophies as outlined in Rukuhia, Rarangahia. It includes pouako and kaiako interpretations of key principles included in Rukuhia, Rarangahia including examples of practice.

Impact of COVID-19 on students’ high stakes assessment in NZ: thrive, survive or dive?

The webinar, hosted by Dr Jenny Poskitt, draws on interviews with students, teachers and educational agency personnel, to discuss the impact of COVID-19 on adaptive learning, well-being, equity, and its effects on assessment for learning.

This is a copy of the powerpoint that Jenny used in the webinar.

This is a copy of the chat from the webinar. At the beginning, attendees were asked to record their experiences with Covid-19 in their schools.

An exploration of aromatawai

Definition and experience of aromatawai in Te Kāhui Ako o Waitākere

Cindy Pile-Wetere and Aroha Heaslip provide an introductory session focused on ako and aromatawai. They will explain key enablers, making links to Te Tiriti o Waitangi, Tātaiako and tikanga.

We are hoping that this webinar will be the first in a series, exploring the many facets of aromatawai encountered in the work of Cindy and Aroha with the leaders and kaiako of Te Kāhui Ako o Waitākere.

Reviewing your assessment practices

Our July webinar in 2021 was presented by Dr Jenny Poskitt and Adrienne Carlisle from the NZAI Executive.

They discussed using the Assessment PPP and Companion Guide to review assessment practices.

This is the power point used during the presentation. And here is the link to Austin’s butterfly, discussed in the webinar.

Data coaching to lift teacher capability: a success story

Our May webinar in 2021 was presented by  Nicola Gibson from Pukekohe Intermediate with Frances Edwards from University of Waikato

They talked about how to initiate data coaching in maths, based on their TLRI project.

This is the power point used during the presentation. Please link here to an academic article based on the project and link here to the data sharing protocol talked about in the webinar.

Assessment Principles, Practices and Proof: An Introduction

Our first webinar for 2021 was hosted by Kaye Brunton, principal of Ngāti Toa School in Titahi Bay and NZAI President, Associate Professor Jenny Poskitt.

They introduced the new NZAI publication Assessment to Improve Learning: Principles, Practice and Proof and discussed with participants the principles outlined in the booklet.

The webinar starts just a few minutes into the presentation. This is the power point used during the presentation.

Assessment for Learning – a new PLD priority

Our November webinar was hosted by Michael Absolum, NZAI Vice President, Director of Evaluation Associates and author of influential assessment publications for teachers.

Michael talked about assessment for learning and the reasons for its being a current PLD priority for the Ministry of Education.

This is the power point used by Michael during the webinar.

What does assessment look like in the culturally competent classroom?

Our September webinar was hosted by Ruth Tate of the NZAI Executive and her manuhiri, Katie Virtue-Smith. They discuss and illustrate what assessment could look like in the culturally competent classroom.

This is the power point used by Ruth and Katie.

School assessment realities and possibilities in 2020

Our August webinar was once again hosted by Garry Taylor.

Three senior school leaders – Kaye Brunton, Principal of Ngati Toa School in Te Titahi Bay, Vivienne Mallabar, Deputy Principal of Ormiston Junior College in East Auckland and Julie Morris, Deputy Principal of Raumati Beach School in Paraparaumu – talked about their approach to assessment in their schools.

Linking assessment planning to your local curriculum

Our second webinar was on Thursday June 11, led by Garry Taylor, NZAI Executive member and National Manager – Assessment and Evaluation for Evaluation Associates.The webinar shared an approach to the development of school-wide assessment planning. It shared an example from one school where a fresh start was necessary. The school’s experience may help you consider a process for your school as you plan for assessment within your local school curriculum.

This is the power point that Garry used.

Assessment overview example.

Essential assessment during COVID-19: Learning from Terry Crooks

Our first webinar was on May 7, led by Dr Jenny Poskitt, NZAI President and Associate Head of the Institute of Education at Massey University in Palmerston North. Paying homage to Terry Crooks, it included discussion of the impact of assessment on learners and the five essential principles of assessment.

This is the power point that Jenny used.