NCEA review 2018

Everything you need to know about the Government's review of NCEA

The review

In December 2017, the government announced a comprehensive review of NCEA.

A seven member ministerial advisory group was appointed to identify opportunities for strengthening NCEA. The group comprises people from a range of different backgrounds, who are tasked with the challenge of  finding opportunities to provoke, inspire, and encourage kōrero around the future of NCEA.

There are no PPTA representatives on the ministerial advisory group. However, we have six representatives on the NCEA Review Reference Group which has acts as a 'sounding board' for the ministerial advisory group.

The six big opportunities

  1. Creating space at NCEA Level 1 for powerful learning
  2. Strengthening literacy and numeracy
  3. Ensuring NCEA Levels 2 and 3 support good connections beyond schooling
  4. Making it easier for teachers, schools, and kura to refocus on learning 
  5.  Ensuring the Record of Achievement tells us about students’ capabilities
  6. Dismantling barriers to NCEA

Public consultation

The review is now in the public consultation phase until 16 September 2018.

It’s absolutely critical for teachers to get involved and make their voices heard.

The six big opportunities are not a foregone conclusion. Depending on the feedback from the engagement process, these could all change, some could change, or be dropped or they could all be implemented.

They are deliberately high level and without detail as the engagement process will determine the final outcome. At the same time, new ideas may emerge from the process. There are plenty of opportunities to make changes, so this is why it is critical that as many teachers as possible become involved. You are encouraged to read the Big Opportunities Discussion Document, as it contains details not found on the webpages.

PPTA will make two formal submissions. The Curriculum Advisory Committee of the executive and the Secondary Principals’ Council have hui organised to form submissions. If you would like to have input to these, please contact your local executive member or SPC representative.

How can you engage?

There are several ways you can engage. The best ways to engage are:

  • completing the short survey
  • completing the longer survey
  • attending a public meeting
  • making a submission, either as an individual, a department, a school, a cluster or CoL etc.

Details of all these options can be found here.

Please engage in one, two, three or all of these opportunities.

You can also discuss it on social media, which is being followed by the Ministry. Use the tags

Social media conversations will not be included in the formal analysis so may not inform the final decisions.

If you have any questions or would like to pass on input to the formal PPTA submission please contact us at or




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