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The NCEA Change Programme to be rephased

Tobias Macintosh

Education Minister Erica Stanford has just announced today that the new coalition Government will be making significant changes to the NCEA programme.

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National announces they will change the NCEA Programme ASHA MOLLOY/NZBS

“Ensuring New Zealand’s curriculum is world leading is a vital part of the Government’s plan to deliver better public services and ensure all students receive the education they need to set themselves up for further study and life."

According to the announcement the current implementations will be delayed up to two years, citing fundamental flaws in the previous Government's proposed changes. 

“It designs the assessments before writing the curriculum that details what students should be learning.

“Principals and teachers around the country said the sector was not ready for the roll-out of NCEA Level 1 changes, but these changes went ahead anyway.

"As a result, some schools stopped offering Level 1 NCEA at all," Stanford said.  

National claims teachers have been calling for clarifications on the NCEA teaching guidelines. Stanford said only 40% of schools reported themselves as being ready for the new changes.

“The Government will be re-phasing the NCEA Change Programme to develop the secondary curriculum of Year 11-13 subject areas before introduction of new assessments.”

With a delay of two years the Government will be taking key action to work towards implementing a more effective National Qualification:

  • A review of the new NCEA Level 1 will be undertaken by the Education Review Office documenting key learnings
  • Additional review of other aspects of the NCEA Change Programme, including the methods for external assessments, periods of study leave, and moderation practices
  • The senior secondary curriculum for Year 11-13 students will be developed 
  • An implementation plan will reflect learnings from ERO’s evaluation of Level 1
  • NCEA Level 1 (revised) and NCEA Level 2 will be fully implemented by 2028
  • NCEA Level 3 will be fully implemented by 2029 

Stanford says today's decision reflects the Government's focus on lifting student achievement and providing access to better public services.