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Public engagement on the future of NCEA has now closed.

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We asked all New Zealanders to share their views and experiences of NCEA – the challenges, the successes, what they like, and what we can do better. We wanted to make sure that everyone’s voice has been heard.

We have seen a phenomenal amount of interest and engagement, with conversations about NCEA happening all across the country from many diverse voices. Thank you to everyone who has participated.

Who we've heard from

Over 16,000 people engaged directly in the NCEA Review, with 8,058 filling in a survey or detailed submission. Approximately 8,000 people attended a workshop, meeting, hui, fono, focus group, in-depth interview or debate.

We’re really pleased with the participation; over a quarter of survey responses were from young people; almost 1,500 points of engagement have been recorded with principals, and over 3,500 with teachers. These figures include activity such as attending a workshop or meeting, or by filling in a survey or submission.

Through targeted engagement activities, we listened to the members of our society who aren’t always heard and who have not always been well served by the education system. These groups included:

  • students of NCEA in diverse settings
  • students of NCEA in correctional facilities
  • NCEA students who have learning support needs
  • Māori, Pacific and Asian communities
  • refugee and migrant communities
  • Rainbow Youth and the LGBTQI community
  • Pacific Realm countries.

About 240 students participated in the Make Your Mark competition that aimed to engage the student voice on NCEA. The winning entries were exhibited at Parliament and the Wellington Central Library in October.

Social media engagement has been huge – over 84,000 likes, shares, video views, comments or link clicks were captured on the Ministry of Education’s social channels alone.

Insights that come through from this feedback will show definite areas where NCEA could be strengthened. Similarly we will see a diverse range of ideas about how we could do this, and what a more future-focused NCEA might look like.

What next?

From October 2018 to February 2019, the Ministry will be working with New Zealanders to bring together what we’ve heard through the engagement period, and testing some of these ideas with what teachers, principals and others tell us works on the ground, and data and evidence about what a high-performing assessment system needs to look like in a New Zealand context.

Participants at a workshop

We are making a real effort to bring together as many people to help co-design the future of NCEA for our young people. That includes principals, teachers, parents, employers, children and young people, iwi, Māori, Pacific people, Asian New Zealanders, and the LGBTQI+ community, along with people with disabilities and learning support needs.

In early 2019, the Ministry will provide recommendations for changes to NCEA to the Government for consideration.

Depending on the agreed level of change, improvements to NCEA may be phased in from 2020/21, with any significant changes taking longer to be implemented.

The NCEA Review is part of the wider Education Conversation | Kōrero Mātauranga that has been underway since the two Education Summits were held earlier this year in May.

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