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Contact PB4L

If your query relates to PB4L training opportunities in your region, please email your local Ministry office. You can find contact details here.

For all other queries, further information and guidance on PB4L initiatives, you can contact us at PB4L@education.govt.nz.

Incredible Years Teacher

What is the Incredible Years Teacher programme?

The Incredible Years Teacher (IYT) programme provides teachers with approaches to help create a more positive learning environment for their students.  It is based on strengthening teacher classroom management strategies, promoting children’s pro social behaviour and school readiness. The programme is for teachers of children aged 3–8 years. IYT is delivered by Ministry staff together with key delivery partners – Resource Teacher Learning and Behaviour (RTLB). The programmes are also contracted early childhood educators who deliver programmes in their sector. 

The programme covers:

  • building positive relationships with students
  • proactively preventing behaviour problems
  • using attention, encouragement and praise to turn behaviour around
  • motivating students by giving them incentives
  • helping students learn social skills, empathy, and problem-solving
  • using appropriate consequences for undesirable behaviour.


What is involved?

Teachers from a school or early childhood education centre meet with colleagues from other schools or centres once a month over six months. There is also a follow-up, one-day session three months later. There is contribution funding towards teacher release.

How to access the programme

Please contact your local Ministry office for more information. You can find contact details  here.

Māori medium support material

Māori PB4L Child-Teacher-Parent Feeling Chart (PDF, 4 MB)
This large bi-lingual chart helps Group Leaders deliver session 1, in particular understanding the relationship between feelings of the Parents, Teacher and Child

Māori IYT Strategies Pyramid Worksheets (PDF, 388 KB)
Practical strategies in te reo Māori grouped by workshop to help Group Leaders undertaking teacher visits.

MoE PB4L Pyramid Poster A1 (PDF, 5 MB)
The Teaching Pyramid has been interpreted into a Māori medium context to aide Māori Group Leaders delivering this course with Māori medium settings.

IYT Māori Academic Coaching Scripts (PDF, 241 KB)
These coaching scripts are in te reo Māori and support Māori medium teachers to incorporate Academic Coaching into their teaching philosophy.

Māori IYT Emotional Coaching Scripts (PDF, 380 KB)
These coaching scripts are in te reo Māori and support Māori medium teachers to incorporate Emotional Coaching into their teaching philosophy.

Māori Emotional Faces (PDF, 2 MB)
These 20 different faces show common emotions and have been created to aid in Māori medium teachers teaching the literacy for these emotions.

Māori IYT Social Coaching Scripts (PDF, 469 KB)
These coaching scripts are in te reo Māori and support Māori medium teachers to incorporate Social Coaching into their teaching philosophy.

Māori Negative Commands to Positive Commands Worksheet (PDF, 369 KB)
Te wairua whakahāwea o te tohutohu is a worksheet in te reo Māori to support Māori medium teachers to easily identify the language used within the classroom and how to change it from negative to positive.

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