Journal Surf Help

Your account

  • Managing passwords

    You now have total control over your passwords. This short video shows you how to set administrator and user passwords.

  • Reset username or password
    • Click on the login button (either the blue button on the home page, or in the top right hand corner of the menu bar)
    • Click on the ‘forgotten your password?’ link in the bottom left corner of the sign in form
    • Type your email address (must be the email you first signed into Journal Surf with) into the form and press ‘Request’
    • An email will be sent to your email with a password reset link
    • Click on the password reset link and you will be taken to a form asking for your email address and new password
    • Submit this form and you will be taken to the Journal Surf search
    • Sign in with your new password
  • Subscribe to Journal Surf
    • Click on the word ‘Subscribe’ at the top right of the menu bar
    • Fill in all the fields of the modal (those with a red asterisks are mandatory)
    • Read the terms and conditions
    • Check the ‘I agree’ checkbox to the Journal Surf terms and conditions
    • Click the button ‘Subscribe’ at the bottom of the form
    • You will receive an email outlining how to make a start with Journal Surf
  • Get monthly newsletter

    To get our monthly Learning Focus newsletter:

    • Scroll to the bottom of any web page
    • Click on the icon ‘Get Our Newsletter’
    • Fill out the modal with your name and email address, and click ‘Subscribe’
    • You are now subscribed (you can unsubscribe at any time by clicking the ‘Unsubscribe’ link that is now at the bottom of every page.
  • Contact us

    If you need to contact us:

    • click on the ‘Contact Us’ link in the menu bar at the top of the screen
    • This page provides you with our email, phone and physical address details
  • Setting up new users on your account
    • First you will have to login as the administrator
    • Once logged in click on the ‘My Account’ dropdown menu at the top right corner of the screen
    • Select ‘Users’ and you will be presented with a form to fill in
    • Fill in the new user’s email address and press ‘Add’
    • The new user will receive an email with a link so they can set up their own password
  • Deleting a user from your account
    • Login as the administrator
    • Click on the ‘My Account’ drop down menu and go to ‘Users’
    • Scroll down and find the user account you want to delete
    • Click on the ‘edit’ link and then delete the account

Using Journal Surf

  • What’s new in Journal Surf?
    • Journal Surf has increased functionality and a simpler design
    • Even if you are not logged in you can search the News page which includes leadership stories, and Quick-link resources for teachers
    • Once logged in you have access to a faceted search with associated resources
    • You can also use the advanced search for broader or more fine-tuned searches
    • Extra fields have been added to enhance the pedagogical value of the search, while maintaining the simplicity of Journal Search
  • Basic search
    • You have the option of searching all content or narrowing your search in the main search bar
    • Once you have submitted your search you will see the results below the search bar
    • The results are immediately sorted by relevancy, but you can change this, to have the most recent published results at the top, by clicking the ‘Sort by’ drop down menu and selecting ‘date’
    • Up to 20 items are displayed on the first page and then paginated
    • Each search result will display any associated resources and you can see more information by clicking on ‘view details’ or the link in the associated resource box
    • To the left of the search is a faceted search which enables you to drill down to finer detail
    • If you click on a facet on the left it will act as a filter and only show the results in that facet
    • You can have more than one filter selected, and these can be released by crossing on the ‘x’ beside them at the top of the faceted search menu.
  • Advanced search
    • Click on the 'Advanced search' link at the bottom of the standard search box
    • Work through the drop down menus and select the filters you want to apply
    • Be aware that the more filters you chose the less likely you are to find results
    • Reading level and type only allow you to select one filter at a time as each item is allocated to only one filter subset i.e. Reading year 3 or 4, not both
    • If you chose a filter and press search (without entering a word in the search box) you will find all items in the catalogue tagged to that filter
  • Resource search
    • There are two kinds of resources in Journal Surf — those that are linked to particular items in Journal Surf, and those that link across a number of items
    • Those that are linked to individual items will show up in the basic or advanced search in the ‘Associated Resources’ box
    • Those that are across a number of items will come up as individual items in the search results
    • They can also be searched for by going through the Resources search (click on Resources link in top menu bar), or by selecting ‘resources’ in the basic search (i.e. this will mean you are not searching across all content)
  • Linked resources
    • In 2013 we asked teachers how they wanted us to improve JournalSurf
    • There was a consistent desire for on-line links where possible to support the physical resources
    • As such we have (where available) provided links from the Ministry of Education or other sites
    • Resources have the following icons:
      • E-book (i.e. resource in an online form)
      • Teacher Support Materials (TSM)
      • Media (i.e. audio or video)
      • Quick-links resource
      • Inquiry Unit Plan
      • Assessment materials
      • Website link
  • Using quicklink resources
    • Quick-links are designed to shortcut some of the work you do to search for journal resources.
    • We have tried to provide something that is a quick reference to school journal stories and articles to support some of your curriculum topics and themes as well as significant events such as Anzac day or the Commonwealth games.
    • It is designed to be not too long and easy to read.
    • We hope you find it is useful, current and relevant. We would love your feedback and suggestions for topics and themes you would like us to cover.


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Journal Surf Terms and Conditions

1. Introduction

Please read these terms and conditions carefully. In these terms and conditions, we have used "we" or "us" to refer to Learning Focus Limited and "you" for the individual, school or other organisation that is the subscriber to Journal Surf. By applying for a subscription to Journal Surf or one of its associated services, you agree to be bound by these terms and conditions, which are deemed to include all disclaimers and other terms and notices appearing on the specific content of Journal Surf from time to time.

2. Subscribing Online

Once you have completed the subscription form(s) online, we will notify you through the email address you have supplied that we have received your details. We will notify you by email once your subscription has been activated, and you can login to the particular services you have subscribed to.

3. Customer Password

You will access Journal Surf and other services using your login name and/or email address and a password, which you will provide when you subscribe.

For those subscribed to Journal Surf, the user password may be used for internet access to Journal Surf by current staff and enrolled students of your school. The administrator password is used to maintain account information, to change passwords and should only be known to the person or persons responsible for those tasks.

For those subscribed to ENRICH, the username, password, and resources may only be used by the individual signed up to the account. 

4. Payment of Subscription

If you are subscribing to services other than Journal Surf (e.g. ENRICH) you will need to pay by credit card before your account is activated. An annual subscription must be paid in advance for your account to remain active for the next year.

If you are a NZ school subscribed to Journal Surf, once your subscription has been processed and activated, we will send an invoice to the postal address you have provided. You are responsible for ensuring that the invoice is received and paid promptly. If we have not received payment from you within one month of activating your subscription, we may choose to deactivate your account. If you become aware that payment has been delayed, please notify our customer services staff immediately at

5. Personal Customer Information

The information you provide to us on your subscription application and otherwise in the course of using Journal Surf will be collected and held by us in strict confidence. Once collected, we will use and store the information for the following purposes:

  • The provision and daily operation of Journal Surf
  • The processing or maintenance of any data, records, or payments
  • To respond to requests for help from you
  • Collating information for statistical purposes to improve our product and service
  • For a third party or service provider to provide a certain service to you on our behalf.

6. Warranties

While we will try to ensure that Journal Surf and the content to which it provides access is free from material error, we do not warrant the accuracy, adequacy, or completeness of Journal Surf or the content, or that Journal Surf will be available at all times. To the extent permitted by law, we exclude all implied terms, representations, warranties, and guarantees in respect of Journal Surf and the content.

7. Ownership

Journal Surf, the trade mark "Journal Surf", and the content to which Journal Surf provides access is either our intellectual property or the intellectual property of our licensors. You agree not to infringe this intellectual property, whether by copying or otherwise.

ENRICH material is only to be used by the person subscribed to the account. You agree not to infringe this intellectual property, whether by copying, or otherwise.

8. Other Websites

Journal Surf may provide links to external websites. We have no control over such websites, and you agree that we are not responsible for the availability of such websites, and do not endorse and are not responsible for any content available from such websites.

9. Changes to These Terms

We may change these terms and conditions. We will give all subscribers notice of changes to the terms and conditions on Journal Surf. If you are unhappy with a proposed change to the terms and conditions you may cancel your subscription to Journal Surf by giving us two weeks' written notice.

All rights not expressly granted are reserved. Please contact us directly with any enquiries for reuse of Journal Surf or the content to which it provides access.

Journal Surf is a trade mark of Learning Focus Limited.







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Journal Surf Privacy Policy

This privacy policy is for this Journal Surf website as served by Learning Focus Ltd, and governs the privacy of its users who choose to use it.

The policy sets out the different areas where user privacy is concerned and outlines the obligations & requirements of the users, the website and website owners. Furthermore the way this website processes, stores and protects user data and information will also be detailed within this policy.

The Website

This website and its owners take a proactive approach to user privacy and ensure the necessary steps are taken to protect the privacy of its users throughout their visiting experience.

Use of Cookies

Cookies are small files saved to the user's computers hard drive that track, save and store information about the user's interactions and usage of the website. This allows the website, through its server to provide the users with a tailored experience within this website.

Users are advised that if they wish to deny the use and saving of cookies from this website on to their computers hard drive they should take necessary steps within their web browsers security settings to block all cookies from this website and its external serving vendors.

This website uses tracking software to monitor its visitors to better understand how they use it. This software is provided by Google Analytics which uses cookies to track visitor usage. The software will save a cookie to your computers hard drive in order to track and monitor your engagement and usage of the website, but will not store, save or collect personal information. You can read Google's privacy policy here for further information.

Other cookies may be stored to your computers hard drive by external vendors when this website uses referral programs, sponsored links or adverts. Such cookies are used for conversion and referral tracking and typically expire after 30 days, though some may take longer. No personal information is stored, saved or collected.

Contact & Communication

This website and its owners use any information submitted to provide you with further information about the products / services they offer or to assist you in answering any questions or queries you may have submitted. This includes using your details to subscribe you to any email newsletter program the website operates but only if this was made clear to you and your express permission was granted when submitting any form to email process. Or whereby you the consumer have previously purchased from or enquired about purchasing from the company a product or service that the email newsletter relates to. This is by no means an entire list of your user rights in regard to receiving email marketing material. Your details are not passed on to any third parties.

Email Newsletter

This website operates an email newsletter program, used to inform subscribers about products and services supplied by this website. Users can subscribe through an online automated process should they wish to do so but do so at their own discretion. 

No personal details are passed on to third parties nor shared with companies / people outside of the company that operates this website.

Email marketing campaigns published by this website or its owners may contain tracking facilities within the actual email. Subscriber activity is tracked and stored in a database for future analysis and evaluation. Such tracked activity may include; the opening of emails, forwarding of emails, the clicking of links within the email content, times, dates and frequency of activity [this is by no means a comprehensive list].

This information is used to refine future email campaigns and supply the user with more relevant content based around their activity.

External Links

Although this website only looks to include quality, safe and relevant external links, users are advised adopt a policy of caution before clicking any external web links mentioned throughout this website. (External links are clickable text / banner / image links to other websites, similar to:

The owners of this website cannot guarantee or verify the contents of any externally linked website despite their best efforts. Users should therefore note they click on external links at their own risk and this website and its owners cannot be held liable for any damages or implications caused by visiting any external links mentioned.

Adverts and Sponsored Links

This website may contain sponsored links and adverts. These will typically be served through our advertising partners, to whom may have detailed privacy policies relating directly to the adverts they serve.

Clicking on any such adverts will send you to the advertisers website through a referral program which may use cookies and will track the number of referrals sent from this website. This may include the use of cookies which may in turn be saved on your computers hard drive. Users should therefore note they click on sponsored external links at their own risk and this website and its owners cannot be held liable for any damages or implications caused by visiting any external links mentioned.

Social Media Platforms

Communication, engagement and actions taken through external social media platforms that this website and its owners participate on are custom to the terms and conditions as well as the privacy policies held with each social media platform respectively.

Users are advised to use social media platforms wisely and communicate / engage upon them with due care and caution in regard to their own privacy and personal details. This website nor its owners will ever ask for personal or sensitive information through social media platforms and encourage users wishing to discuss sensitive details to contact them through primary communication channels such as by telephone or email.

This website may use social sharing buttons which help share web content directly from web pages to the social media platform in question. Users are advised before using such social sharing buttons that they do so at their own discretion and note that the social media platform may track and save your request to share a web page respectively through your social media platform account.

Shortened Links in Social Media

This website and its owners through their social media platform accounts may share web links to relevant web pages. By default some social media platforms shorten lengthy urls [web addresses] (this is an example:

Users are advised to take caution and good judgement before clicking any shortened urls published on social media platforms by this website and its owners. Despite the best efforts to ensure only genuine urls are published many social media platforms are prone to spam and hacking and therefore this website and its owners cannot be held liable for any damages or implications caused by visiting any shortened links.

Changes to this policy

We may update this Privacy Policy from time to time. We will notify you of any changes by posting the new Privacy Policy on the Site. You are advised to review this Privacy Policy periodically for any changes

Contact us

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Journal Surf Refunds Policy


We guarantee to pay your Enrich subscription back in full if you are not 100% happy with the student enrichment activities provided to you in the first year.

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