NCEA Review

The National Certificates of Educational Achievement (NCEA) were introduced into secondary schools over 15 years ago, and are a widely respected qualification both in New Zealand and internationally. Now it's your chance to have your say.

This year, as part of the Education Conversation or Kōrero Mātauranga (external link) , New Zealanders have a powerful opportunity to explore ways to strengthen NCEA.

NCEA Have your say

On 27 May the NCEA review was launched. Reviewing the NCEA ensures that it remains fit for purpose and continues to support young people to succeed on a diverse range of pathways.

Māu hei kōrero: NCEA - have your say.

Over the next few months we want to hear from thousands of people across New Zealand from a range of backgrounds. Everyone with an interest in NCEA is invited to share their experiences and ideas. In English or Te Reo Māori, online or on paper, at workshops or hui, or through social media - you choose.

Education Conversation | Kōrero Mātauranga (external link) to find out more about the Big Opportunities and how you can have your say on the future of NCEA. The consultation closes on 19 October 2018.

What's happened so far

The Terms of Reference of the review were announced on 14 December 2017.  In January 2018, the Minister of Education appointed a 7 member Ministerial Advisory Group to identify opportunities for strengthening NCEA. The Minister picked people from a range of different backgrounds and challenged them to look for opportunities that would provoke, inspire, and encourage kōrero around the future of NCEA.

Ministerial Advisory Group members

Jeremy Baker (Chair) is Chief Insight Officer at Beef and Lamb NZ. He has participated in a range of senior education system advisory and working groups and has education sector experience including positions held with the Industry Training Federation, Learning State and Lincoln University.

Barbara Cavanagh is the principal of Huntly College. She was the foundation principal of Albany Senior High School and has served as principal of Te Awamutu College and Ngāruawāhia High School. She was a member of the Ministerial Forum on Raising Student Achievement and she chaired the Professional Learning and Development Advisory Group.

Pauline Waiti is a Director at Ahu Whakamua Limited. She has previously worked as Māori Development Manager at Learning Media Limited and as Te Wāhanga Māori Manager at New Zealand Council for Educational Research (NZCER).

Michelle Dickinson is Senior Lecturer in Chemical and Material Engineering at the University of Auckland and Director of Nanogirl Labs Ltd. Michelle is a Member of New Zealand Order of Merit (external link) , was the winner of the Women of Influence Award (external link)  for Innovation and Science in 2016, and was awarded the Sir Peter Blake Leader Award in 2015 (external link)

Jonathan Gee is National President of New Zealand Union of Students’ Associations. He was President of Victoria University of Wellington Students’ Association (VUWSA) in 2016 and has served a term on the Victoria University of Wellington Council. He has served as a youth representative on the Devonport-Takapuna Local Board of Auckland Council and as Co-chair of the local youth council.  

Arizona Leger works for Auckland University of Technology. She presented at Auckland Museum’s TEDxYouth event in 2013, speaking on multiculturalism and youth voice. She was Epsom Girls’ Grammar Head Girl in 2013 and has also served on the Auckland Museum Youth Advisory Group.

Charles Darr is a senior researcher and manager of the Assessment, Design, and Reporting (AD&R) team at the New Zealand Council for Educational Research (NZCER). He led the project team that developed the Literacy and Numeracy for Adults Assessment Tool and led the psychometric programme that supported the development of the Progress and Consistency Tool (PaCT). Charles is part of the leadership team for the National Monitoring Study of Student Achievement (NMSSA).

Big opportunities

The Ministerial Advisory Group led the development of the Discussion Documents that proposed six Big Opportunities. These Big Opportunities form the starting point for public engagement, which opened on Sunday 27 May.

The Big Opportunities  (external link)

Related documents NCEA Review 2018

The following documents relate to the NCEA Review and in particular the development of Terms of Reference, the launch of the Discussion Document, and the approach to consultation.

View the NCEA Review background papers (external link)

If you have difficulty accessing these documents, please email

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