We are delighted that our community will be part of the exciting NCEA Change Programme journey. Being a Change Hub now means we are a key part of, and at the forefront of, huge and significant change to the senior secondary sector across Aotearoa New Zealand. This is an exciting opportunity for our community!
What is a Change Hub?
The Ministry has selected a group of secondary schools and Kura to become Change Hubs. We are one of these schools. An exciting opportunity!
The feedback the Ministry of Education receive from you, our whanau and community, will help ensure that the changes to NCEA best meet the needs of all Ākonga /learners.
Through us, the Change Hubs, the Ministry of Education will connect with teachers, whānau and students to seek their insights and feedback as they continue to implement the NCEA Change Programme.
What does this mean for me as a parent or caregiver?
As a Change Hub, providing crucial insight on the proposed changes to the NCEA, we need to ensure that we liaise with you – our whānau. We will organise up to four hui annually to directly provide the Ministry of Education with feedback on the NCEA Change Programme. We may need to connect with you to see if you are available to complete a survey or talk confidentially with a Ministry facilitator for up to an hour.
What is the NCEA Change Programme:
The NCEA Change Programme is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to reshape secondary education in Aotearoa. It will deliver seven changes aimed at strengthening NCEA:
- Make NCEA more accessible – zero fees, fewer barriers for learners with disabilities and learning support needs.
- Equal status for mātauranga Māori in NCEA – develop new ways to recognise mātauranga Māori, build teacher capability, and improve resourcing and support for Māori learners and te ao Māori pathways.
- Strengthen literacy and numeracy requirements and assessments – ensure students with an NCEA have functional literacy and numeracy skills that will ready them to transition into tertiary education or the workplace.
- Fewer, larger standards – new achievement standards and resources will be developed to replace existing standards and ensure the qualification achieved credentials the most significant learning in a learning area or subject.
- Simplify NCEA’s structure – credits can no longer be carried over to the next level and resubmissions will only be allowed where they take students from a ‘Not Achieved’ grade to an ‘Achieved’ grade. Sixty credits are required to pass each NCEA level.
- Clearer pathways to further education or work – develop a Vocational Entrance Award to clearly signal when a student is ready to transition into higher level vocational education and strengthen vocational pathways through NCEA.
- Keep NCEA Level 1 optional – Schools/kura may decide whether to offer NCEA Level 1. Level 1 provides students with the broad, foundational knowledge needed to support specialization at Levels 2 and 3.
By Nayland College