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About iUgo

We take the dull out of teacher planning

As part of the Essential Resources family of companies, iUgo is all about making learning fun and exciting. 

iUgo Teacher Anne Maree

It is part of Essential Resources’ commitment to supporting teachers with high-quality resources that nurture life-long learning success – whether it’s energising them with iUgo’s lesson planning or sharing imaginative learning resources.

iUgo Teacher Jacira De Hoog

The brainchild of Nicola Smith and Geraldine Sloane, Essential Resources was founded over 20 years ago and its journey has been one of phenomenal success. Today over 90% of New Zealand and 50% of Australian schools use and love Essential Resources publications.

iUgo was launched in recognition of the need for a way to bring together all the elements of good quality curriculum planning into one place. Combining in-house technical expertise with best-practice from leading New Zealand teachers and education advisors, iUgo has rapidly gained significant market share.

Embedding Teachables online resources into the iUgo planner was a natural extension as was aligning it to the New Zealand and then Australian, curriculum. The tailor-made software solution continues to evolve and develop to meet changing demands in education and planning.

The iUgo team sits across New Zealand and Australia and is now enjoying success across both sides of the Tasman. It is equally recognised for the excellence of its team as it is for its award-winning software.

While iUgo’s operation is largely remote, home base remains at Essential Resources head office in Invercargill. From there, the research and development team led by iUgo Managing Director, Nicola Smith, continues to make iUgo the must have online planning tool for Australasian teachers.

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