In case you missed it, the Government has recently confirmed its final NCEA change package.

Schools have been advised that the changes are intended to: strengthen our national

qualification; address over-assessment and fragmented learning; promote culturally responsive

teaching and learning; and improve accessibility, the support available to teachers, and the

information available to students and whānau.

A copy of the Ministry of Education’s announcement is available here: Ministry website.

There are changes to the subjects that the Ministry proposes to support at NCEA Level 1. This

is consistent with the policy objective - for NCEA Level 1 to become a broader, foundational

qualification that allows students to keep their pathway options open, while Levels 2 and 3

promote greater specialisation.

The Ministry has asked me to encourage you all to give feedback. Public engagement on the

subject list for NCEA Level 1 has commenced for a period of two months (closing on 20 April


More information is available 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 for your ease of reference it is also

accessible from this link to the Cabinet paper (go to pages 19 and 20).