20 September, 2023

Te Kete Hono appoints new Chair 

We are delighted to announce a significant milestone in the Te Kete Hono journey, and it is with great pleasure we welcome Michelle Kong as our new Board Chairperson.

Michelle brings with her a wealth of experience leading strategy and transformation teams in a range of organisations from large to small digital start-ups. She also has a passion for education, and seeing young lives realise their potential. With her distinguished career, Michelle is well-positioned to guide and lead our board toward continued growth and success.

We would like to extend our gratitude to Tuhi Leef for his wonderful guidance and contribution to the growth of Te Kete Hono during his tenure.

Please join us in extending a warm welcome to Michelle as we embark on this exciting new chapter. We look forward to the opportunities, growth, and continuing to drive educational improvement and equity for all learners. 

18 September, 2023

Education providers take on the challenge of the digital equity divide in New Zealand schools

Inequity shows up in our school community throughout New Zealand  in a variety of ways. Te Kete Hono is piloting digital access for schools and whānau in under-served communities through a programme backed by the Education Partnership & Innovation Trust (EPIT). 

Appropriate digital technology can and should be used in these contexts to address the inequities in our education system by supporting teaching practice, ensuring all learners make progress and also engaging parents and whānau directly in supporting their children’s learning.

The pilot programme has now signed up 11 schools across the motu and has 14 places still available for schools who meet the criteria. These schools will access:

Te Kete Hono CEO, Judy Newcombe, says she is excited to welcome these 11 new schools to the SchoolTalk community. “We are honoured to walk alongside them as they begin their journey to adopt the signature teaching and learning practices that SchoolTalk supports.” 

Newcombe states the experience to date with implementing the SchoolTalk platform at a number of schools in remote, rural and low income communities shows that every student can be well profiled and “noticed”. “Students feel that they can direct their own learning and teachers are well-scaffolded by the software and report that their practice has improved.”  

SchoolTalk is an innovative system which improves teaching practice, tracks the progress of every learner, and encourages learner agency and whānau engagement with their students' learning. 

“The unique element of this New Zealand software is that it addresses all of these outcomes in an holistic, integrated way. It is very much a system designed by New Zealand teachers for local conditions,” says Jane Treadwell-Hoye, Executive Director of EPIT. “It will effectively open up the digital world to parents and whānau who are keen to take up the opportunity to learn to navigate the technology”.

To find out if your school meets the criteria please contact 

13 March, 20223

Te Kete Hono releases Engagement Sliders 

We are delighted to announce the release of our newest Te Kete Hono product: Engagement Sliders - Insights into learning.

The development of this app has been two years in the making. The Te Kete Hono team has trialed prototypes and carried out evaluative research in order to bring you the best possible product. 

Sliders is an app that captures a learner's engagement as they reflect on their enjoyment and challenge of the learning. Teachers get instant insights into how their learners are feeling; enabling them to take action and change up their learning design to better meet the needs of their learners. 

Using Sliders, teachers and leaders can filter learners' results by a range of demographics, subjects and time frames. For schools that already use SchoolTalk, this provides an opportunity for teachers to correlate progress with engagement all in real time. 

19 December, 2022

2022 Annual Report  

It has certainly been a big year for all of us in the education sector! It has been a privilege to work alongside so many committed and passionate educators as they have faced up to the challenges of the pandemic, the teacher shortage and the well-being considerations that have emerged. We have been inspired by the lengths that so many teachers went to, to ensure that their ākonga were able to continue learning during lock-downs and hybrid learning, and we are also encouraged by the speed at which the sector pivoted and embraced digital learning. We believe so strongly that this can be a platform for more effective teaching, more agentic learners and more engaged parents and whānau.

7 November, 2022

Refreshing the New Zealand Curriculum 

The Ministry is signalling that we are headed towards a progression-based curriculum. We could not be more excited about this as SchoolTalk is fundamentally built around the core construct of progressions. SchoolTalk provides teachers with effective and efficient ways of giving learners  formative feedback on their progress and differentiating their learning design, while also enhancing learner motivation and agency.

Progressions are beautifully described by the authors of the paper entitled "New Zealand Curriculum Refresh: Progressions Approach" (on the Ministry's Curriculum Refresh website here ) as a set of " significant signposts or ‘waypoints’ that are typical of increasing sophistication, in the ways in which ākonga knowledge, understanding, and capabilities grow and deepen over time". They go on to identify a number of powerful rationales for this shift from an outcomes focussed curriculum,  including the following reasons for adopting a progression approach:

If your school is wanting to get ready for progressions, CONTACT US about how SchoolTalk can support your journey. 

23 September, 2022

Te Kete Hono celebrates with official launch 

Te Kete Hono was proud to bring together members of our school community, our partners, our team and our friends this week for the offical launch of our organisation! We have been up and running since the beginning of 2022 but the constraints of keeping everyone safe during the Covid pandemic have meant that this event has taken some time to happen. 

Grateful thanks to the team at Stonefields School for enabling us to host the event on the grounds of our SchoolTalk live site, and especially to the school Kapa Haka group who gave our guests such an inspiring performance! 

This event was held to honour our legacy  by expressing our appreciation to those who created the vision and the foundations for our work, and secondly, to anticipate the future and the impact we intend to have, as part of an innovative ecosystem with a number of significant partners.

It included addresses from Pāora Puru of Te Waiohua, Ngāti Te Tata, Waiohua and Waikato-Tainnui, Sarah Martin, Stonefields School Tumuaki and our original Founder, and  Te Kete Hono Chair, Tuhi Leef. 

Te Kete Hono CEO, Judy Newcombe, says Te Kete Hono is poised for impact.

"Learners sit at the heart of our aspirations to improve their educational outcomes, their readiness for their chosen futures and also to address the equity issues which beset our educational system."

Newcombe goes on to say: "We are all inspired by the opportunities that our founders have provided to make a real difference and by the promise that innovative and culturally responsive pedagogy and technology can accelerate learning and close the ever-widening social gaps. Our focus is on designing rich learning opportunities, on using consistent progressions and formative assessment to inform personalised learning pathways and on supporting social and emotional readiness for learning. We are looking forward to the opportunity to design new and creative ways to support the big improvement initiatives undertaken by school lead teams with relevant data analysis and insights."

To all who attended and shared an afternoon of celebration and connectivity with us: Ngā mihi - we thank you and look forward to sharing more milestones with you in the years ahead. 

20 September, 2022

SchoolTalk data privacy and protection 

You may be aware of a report recently released in the UK which wrote of the selling of data collected from students using education technology. We understand this raises questions about whether the organisations behind the education software your students are currently using are doing the same thing.

We would like to assure all users of SchoolTalk that we do not engage in the trading of any data collected in the course of using our software. We hold ourselves to the highest standard of accountability precisely because we are engaged with young people and feel a special responsibility to ensure any data related to their identity and learning is stored safely, protected from external risks and only used for the purpose of furthering their education and wellbeing.

We use industry standard best practices to protect this data, and we recently underwent an independent, globally recognised security audit, and emerged from this exercise with 0 security risks. We hope this provides all of our subscribers the assurance that we are using the best protection available. If you have further questions on this topic, please don't hesitate to contact us: 

27 June 2022

Te Kete Hono and Edge Learning Solutions partner to create a best of breed solution for New Zealand education sector

Edge Learning Solutions and Te Kete Hono have joined forces to bring to New Zealand schools a ”best of breed” solution combining both student and learning management systems.

The integration of our two cutting edge cloud-based systems creates an offering for the New Zealand education sector that is not currently available. 

The partnership's first integrated site will be Stonefields School in Auckland. Stonefields Principal, Sarah Martin, says the Stonefields team is very excited about the partnership. “We are data informed and strive for continuous improvement, the potential to link day to day and Schoolwide data insights and create efficiencies for teachers is game changing.”

Edge Learning Solutions (ELS) is a key provider of software-as-a-service solutions to the education sector in New Zealand and internationally. Edge is also the country’s fastest growing Student Management system which has seen over 500 conversions in 2021. Their mission is to empower informed decision making to improve student outcomes.

Edge invested heavily in creating a new fit for purpose SMS that was based on the lessons learned from previous MUSAC solutions, and building an extensive array of new functionality and features. Shaun Croskery, CEO of Edge, says they have been looking for an LMS partner in New Zealand and were delighted to discover SchoolTalk and its complementary fit with Edge. “After seeing what the team had achieved with Stonefields School, I couldn’t help but think this was the future of learning collaboration and tracking in New Zealand.”

Te Kete Hono is a social impact enterprise set up by Stonefields Collaborative Trust and the Hugh Green Foundation, and committed to a shared vision of “powerful collaboration driving educational improvement and equity for all learners." Their mission is to be a catalyst for educational improvement and equity by turning innovative practice in teaching, learning and assessment into educational systems, products and services that can be impactful at scale. In addition to developing and supporting SchoolTalk, Te Kete Hono offers educational consultancy and professional learning for school leaders and teachers, and is accredited as a Ministry of Education PLD provider.

Te Kete Hono CEO, Judy Newcombe, says schools are looking for a one stop software shop but they want best of breed in a learning and student management system. “Our partnership with Edge means we can start to talk about an ecosystem that meets all the schools needs with a single sign in.”

30 May, 2022

Te Kete Hono appoints one of New Zealand education's foremost Future Focused thinkers  

Te Kete Hono is delighted to announce the appointment of Derek Wenmoth to the Te Kete Hono board.

Derek is a well-respected thought leader in the education sector and works extensively with schools and clusters as they seek to prepare students for their future. He also consults with policy makers and government agencies regarding the future directions of NZ educational policy and practice.

He is a regular speaker at conferences both nationally and internationally, and maintains a blog on matters relating to e-learning and other aspects of interest to educators ( In recognition of his work in this area, Derek was designated one of 2008’s “Global Six” by the George Lucas Educational Foundation, which recognises individuals making a difference in education. 

This appointment reflects the commitment to our shared vision of “powerful collaboration driving educational improvement and equity for all learners" and, working alongside the rest of our Te Kete Hono team, Derek will certainly be a great asset to our whakahaere.