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Public feedback sought on NCEA change package

The Government has recently confirmed its final NCEA change package and communicated those changes to schools. We have been advised that the intent nationally is to:

  • Strengthen our national qualification
  • Address over-assessment and fragmented learning
  • Promote culturally-responsive teaching and learning
  • Improve accessibility to teacher support and information available to students and whānau

There will be changes to subjects the Ministry of Education proposes to support at NCEA Level 1 so that it becomes a broader, foundational qualification that allows students to keep their pathway options open, while Levels 2 and 3 promote greater specialisation.


Public engagement on the subject list for NCEA Level 1 has commenced and will be open until 20 April 2020. The Ministry has asked us to encourage our parent community to provide feedback. You can find more information on the Ministry’s website along with the provisional subject list for NCEA Level 1:

The Cabinet paper and Ministry advice have also been made public (see under the February tab). You can find the list in the engagement questionnaire, or use this link to the Cabinet paper (go to pages 19 and 20).