NCEA Change Programme

Find out more about the resources and programmes on offer to senior secondary students as part of the Ministry of Education’s COVID response package.

NCEA Change ProgrammeNCEA Support for our Senior Secondary students 

There are three resources or programmes developed by Te Aho o te Kura Pounamu (Te Kura) that are being provided to senior secondary students as part of the Ministry’s COVID response package.


Kaiako can teach using ClassroomNZ2020(external link)  This platform has a range of online NCEA courses developed by Te Kura and is available free to schools, kura and wharekura until the end of February 2021. Since mid-August, resources for Years 7-10 have also been made available. Kaiako will be handling NCEA assessments and monitoring ākonga’s progress but they can also direct them to learn and revise independently through ClassroomNZ2020.

 Summer School

 In partnership with the Ministry, Te Kura will have extra places in their Summer School(external link) this year, for ākonga in Auckland who need up to 10 additional credits to attain an NCEA or University Entrance award. Summer School is run over the summer break for ākonga to earn additional credits or specific internal standards at all NCEA levels. A range of subjects are offered, including Maths, English and Science, and are delivered online. Assessments are done by Te Kura, not by kaiako.

 Te Kura’s Big Picture 

Additional places will also be available in programmes like Te Kura’s Big Picture(external link) programme from Term 4, to allow ākonga to either dual enrol or enrol full-time in Te Kura.

 Big Picture can help ākonga who were significantly impacted by the continuing COVID-19 disruptions to meet their learning needs and prepare them for their pathway. The programme can also help ākonga who have found it difficult to engage with their study this year.

Big Picture involves online and face-to-face learning, with assessments done by Te Kura. We will work with schools, iwi, churches and community organisations to identify ākonga who would be suitable for this programme and support them to enrol.

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