Expressions of Interest: New Zealand Curriculum NCEA Level 1 Subjects

Expression of Interest: New Zealand Curriculum NCEA Level 1 subjects

Be part of the NCEA change and apply to pilot the New Zealand Curriculum Level 1 subjects in 2022.

An Expression of Interest form can be completed at this link between 2 and 22 August 2021.

A Letter of Commitment, which outlines our commitment to pilot schools and kura as well as the requirements that will enable pilot schools and kura to successfully contribute to the pilot, has to be signed by Principals and Tumuaki and submitted with the Expression of Interest form.

Participating in the pilot will enable your school or kura to contribute in further refining the new Level 1 subjects and standards, and help you prepare ahead of the implementation of all new Level 1 subjects in 2023.

We will seek to ensure pilot schools/kura reflect a diversity across regions, demographics and deciles, and a representative mix of state and state-integrated schools.

Read the answers to Frequently Asked Questions about the 2022 pilots here

If you have further questions, please contact us at

Which schools/kura can apply?

A pilot school/kura must: 

•    demonstrate that they have approval to assess NCEA achievement standards and have a proven moderation and assessment record.
•    agree to the requirements for piloting, as set out in the Letter of Commitment.

When submitting an Expression of Interest, schools/kura will also be asked to provide details of the estimated size of the pilot cohort, and what percentage of the overall cohort will be piloting.

What will be piloted?

In order to test the new achievement standards in a wide range of learning contexts, we need to limit the number of schools piloting large numbers of subjects. We will aim to have most pilot schools and kura piloting 1-6 subjects. We are also working with a small number of schools to pilot all Level 1 standards, to test how a full implementation might work.