Response to feedback from Subject Expert Groups

Thank you for your feedback on the materials for the phase 1 and phase 2 Level 1 NCEA Subjects. During the pilot year, there will be further opportunities for pilot schools to contribute to further refinement of the materials.

For each subject, the materials included:

  • Learning Matrix
  • The Teaching, Learning, and Assessment Guide
  • 4 Achievement Standards
  • 3 Assessment Activities per internal Achievement Standard
  • 3 Course Outlines, showing how teaching and learning across a year could look
  • 2 External Assessment Specifications

Your feedback has helped us to identify areas that need clarification and refinement before we move into the pilot year. 

Each Subject Expert Group has prepared a report in response to your feedback for both Phases. 

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Response to Feedback Phase 1 Products

Response to Feedback Phase 2 Products

Survey responses information release


Response to Feedback Phase 1 Products


Response to feedback on Phase 2 products

Note the Commerce response is a Ministry response with input from the Commerce SEG and the Commerce Working Group.

English, Religious Studies, Science, Visual Arts

Thank you for feedback on Religious Studies, Visual Arts, Science and English. These four subjects were part of the mini-pilot in 2021 and have been piloted with a small group of schools. They have been revised to reflect feedback from the pilot schools as well as the wider community, and will be republished in early November. Some of the queries raised through your feedback have been addressed through the revision process. The Achievement Standards, Assessment Activities, Course Outlines, Learning Matrices and other materials have been refined and clarified. These subjects will be piloted again next year.

Your feedback has also highlighted questions around what supports will be available to Kaiako. There are new supports as well as a range of existing services which can be used to help schools, kura, and teachers adapt to the changes to NCEA. These supports take the form of: the Accord Teacher Only Days (TOD) for secondary teachers, which are intended to reduce workload associated with the NCEA changes; The Networks of Expertise, which have been funded for at least three years from 2021 to support the NCEA changes, and will be supported by a Network Hub alongside the Ministry of Education; regionally allocated PLD, which schools and kura can apply to receive for in-depth, long term support delivered by quality-assured facilitators; a refreshed facilitator database to enable schools to efficiently select facilitators appropriate for their needs. This will be available in Term 4 so that schools can select facilitators in time for Term 1, 2022. Learning Area Leads have been appointed within the Ministry, and their role will include working with PLD providers, Networks of Expertise, and regional Ministry staff so they are able to deliver NCEA support as the changes unfold.

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.


Survey responses information release

You can find the Phase 1 survey response summaries and raw feedback below:

You can find the Phase 2 survey response summaries and raw feedback below: