New NCEA Level 1 supports available

A suite of additional resources to help schools and kura better understand the new NCEA Level 1 Achievement Standards and Paerewa Paetae is now available on our NCEA website.

We were fortunate that a wide range of subject associations and subject experts helped us create these new tools. The resources look slightly different, reflecting the input and nuance agreed with contributors. They include:

  • Subject Learning Outcomes (SLO) documents to help identify the knowledge and skills that should be taught for each Level 1 Achievement Standard.
  • Ngā Putanga Ako for each wāhanga ako, which lays out the mātauranga and skills being assessed in ngā Kaupae 1 Paerewa Paetae.
  • a teacher guide that kaiako can use to walk through all of the resources available to support their implementation of NCEA Level 1.

We'll also publish:

  • links to NCEA Level 1 subject associations to help kaiako access resources developed by pilot teachers, to be added throughout February 2024
  • registration details about subject-specific workshops for kaiako which will be offered through Term 1. These will be largely online, after school, and led by our staff with support from subject associations to support kaiako with the new NCEA Level 1
  • registration details for Te Marautanga o Aotearoa wāhanga ako workshops for kaiako, which will be held throughout Term 1. These will be led by our Kura Māori Implementation Team, and focus on programme planning, providing guidance on the new Level 1 and its associated resources, and sharing insights from Iho Pūmanawa
  • exemplars for NCEA Level 1 Achievement Standards and Paerewa Paetae, developed by NZQA.

We welcome feedback on the new supports. We will continue to work with subject associations to improve them, as needed, following comments from schools and kura. We want to develop a similar suite of supports for NCEA Levels 2 and 3 in due course.

New NCEA Level 1 supports available – NCEA website(external link)

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