NCEA Review Co-Lab shares ideas

A wide range of experiences and innovative solutions were shared and tested at an NCEA Review Co-Lab in Wellington recently (July 19), attended by 150 students, principals, teachers, employer and union representatives and others from the sector.

The full day collaborative workshop also involved members of the Ministry Advisory Group, led by Jeremy Baker, and wider reference and youth reference groups.

Four of the 150 attendees at the NCEA Review collaborative workshop in Wellington in July which included a wide range of Pasifika representatives and academics.
Attending an NCEA Review collaborative workshop in Wellington recently were, from left, Shana Malio-Satele, National Director, MATES Programme, Great Potentials Foundation – Auckland; Tim Poasa Baice, Lecturer and Academic Coordinator for Pasifika Success, PhD Candidate - Faculty of Education and Social Work, University of Auckland; Mary Moeono-Kolio, Ministry of Education; Dr. Rae Si’ilata, Associate Dean – Pasifika, Faculty of Education and Social Work, University of Auckland.

Ministry of Education Group Manager Secondary and Tertiary, Jackie Talbot, says the NCEA Review team was delighted with the level of engagement and the innovative solutions that user groups developed in mini co-labs and group report-backs.

“We wanted to give participants time and space to share experiences.  We wanted their ideas on the challenges different user groups face, and how the qualification can be strengthened and improved. And I think we got that!”

The “tremendous” response so far includes 3,500 survey replies, almost 800 attendees at the leading conversations workshops around the country, 40,000 social media engagements, and 645 registering for the public workshops.

A further 150 in depth interviews have also been completed to build up persona stories, and 53 focus group sessions with target groups whose voices are often not heard through the education system.

Ministerial Advisory Group representatives joined in the two days of workshops for the mid-point of the NCEA Review in July – attended by 150 people from across the sector.
Joining in the workshop were Ministerial Advisory Group lead Jeremy Baker (Chief Insight Officer for Beef + Lamb New Zealand), second from left, and member Michelle Dickinson (Nanogirl – a nanotechnologist and science educator) third from left, with Kaiārahi Fuetanoa Kose Seinafo (Education Manager, Canterbury, Ministry of Education), Angelina Kiore (Strategic Adviser, Māori, Ministry of Education), and Emma Royal, Senior Education Adviser, Ministry of Education).

The Government has indicated the deadline for on-line submissions will be extended to October 19.

“So New Zealand will have more time to tell us their ideas and experiences around NCEA.”

Jackie says the views and ideas from the Co-lab are being recorded and synthesised to be shared in a November report:  “New Zealand Speaks”.  The next stage, testing ideas and solutions, will happen through until February.  Recommendations drawn up in April will be tested again with the sector.

“We’re only a quarter of a way through the process,” Jackie says.

Regional Engagement Teams including Kaiārahi, and MAG members, met on July 18 to undertake a regional round-up and reflect on the Ambassador Model and the regional engagement process to date.

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