Response to feedback from Subject Expert Groups on Phase 1 products

Thank you for your feedback on the materials for the phase 1 Level 1 NCEA Subjects. This was the first of two opportunities to feedback on the draft materials. At the close of phase 2 product development we will publish the products listed below for further feedback.

For each subject, the phase 1 materials included:

  • Learning Matrix
  • Assessment Matrix – indicative standard titles, credit weighting and mode of assessment – ie internal or external
  • Web text under the Teaching Learning and Assessment tabs
  • Course Outlines – between 1 and 3

Your feedback has helped us to identify areas that need clarification and refinement before we move into developing the phase 2 materials, which include the Achievement Standards, the internal Assessment Activities, and further detail in the web text under the Teaching Learning and Assessment sections of the website.

We are working with NZQA to develop Assessment Specifications for external assessments. NZQA will publish these in time for pilot schools to prepare their teaching and learning programmes for next year, 2022.

Each Subject Expert Group has prepared a report in response to your feedback. The reports can be found here:

Curriculum refresh and the Review of Achievement Standards

Learning Area Big Ideas were developed prior to the Review of Achievement Standards (RAS) process by the teams responsible for the Curriculum Refresh within the Ministry.  This was done to ensure alignment between the Curriculum Refresh and the RAS, which is being implemented before the Refresh.

These overarching Learning Area Big Ideas were the starting point for the formation of individual subject Big Ideas. They reflect the direction of change for both the NCEA Change Package and the Curriculum Refresh, with mātauranga Māori, literacy and numeracy and key competencies being woven through the most Significant Learning. The current achievement objectives will no longer exist in the refreshed New Zealand Curriculum.

The Ministry is also working internally to ensure alignment between the two programmes of work.