Kia ora te reo Māori – naumai haere mai, nga mihi nui te whanau o Craighead.

NCEA Review – Have your say! Our New Zealand Qualification NCEA is now 15 years old. You may be aware that the Ministry of Education (MOE) is looking at ways to strengthen NCEA that will benefit all of our young people.   Over the next few months, the MOE aims to talk with lots of New Zealanders, from a range of backgrounds (including students’ voice), to discuss their experiences with NCEA – the challenges, the successes and what can be done better in the future. The consultation phase is wide-ranging, genuine and complex, running from May 28 until 16 September.

Feedback is being sought on the 6 Big Opportunities (provocations), which were developed by a Ministerial Advisory and Reference Group.  The following 6 ideas are intended to provoke, inspire and encourage korero on NCEA – these are:

  • Creating space at Level One for powerful learning
  • Strengthening literacy and numeracy
  • Ensuring NCEA Level Two and Three support good connections beyond schooling
  • Making it easier for teachers, schools and kura to refocus on learning,
  • Ensuring the record of achievement tells us about learners’ capabilities
  • Dismantling barriers to NCEA.

When the public consultation phase closes on 16 September, personnel from the New Zealand Centre for Educational Research (NZCER) will collate and synthesize all the information from surveys and submissions, then make recommendations to the Minister of Education in early 2019. There are five guiding principles against which to assess any proposals for change – wellbeing, inclusion and equity, coherence, pathways and credibility.

Students are also being encouraged to have their say in the form of a competition called Make your Mark – with good prizes! The Make Your Mark competition, is open to young New Zealanders from 5-20 years’ old, who are invited to share their vision of what education might look like in the future. Up for grabs are grants, scholarships, laptops, and gift card prizes – as well as spot prizes, and the opportunity to attend a Design Lab event with other passionate New Zealanders. Inspiring entries, in English and Te Reo Māori, will be shared throughout New Zealand and help guide the next steps for NCEA.

As members of our school community, you can have your say! Please join in the conversation and submit your ideas, experiences and suggestions for change. Background to the NCEA review can be found at:  conversation.education.govt.nz/NCEA.  A public workshop in Timaru will give our community the chance to directly feed into the Government’s review of NCEA, being held on 25 July from 7-9.30pm at Timaru Boys’ High School Hogben Hall.

Lindy Graham

Principal