Expression of Interest: Te Ao Haka pilot

Expression of Interest: Te Ao Haka pilot

Apply to pilot Te Ao Haka, the new Māori Performing Arts subject, in 2022 and give your ākonga/learners opportunities to express themselves whilst gaining confidence and learning Māoritanga.

An Expression of Interest form can be completed at this link between 2 and 23 August 2021.

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

Participating in the pilot will enable your kura or school to contribute into further refining Te Ao Haka achievement standards and supporting resources, and help you prepare ahead of the implementation of the subject – together with all new Level 1 subjects – in 2023.

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

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

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Which kura/schools can apply?

A pilot kura/school 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.

In their Expression of Interest, a kura/school should also indicate whether they:

•    currently host external examinations
•    have the capacity and capability to offer online external assessments
•    have experience in delivering Māori Performing Arts across all three NCEA levels
•    have kaiako who have experience in teaching Māori Performing Arts

Your answers to these questions will not necessarily affect the chances of your kura/school of becoming a pilot kura/school.

When submitting an Expression of Interest, kura/schools 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?

Te Ao Haka will be piloted across all three NCEA levels for the second consecutive year in 2022, ahead of full implementation in 2023.