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Welcome to the Secondary Education portal

Information, resources and guidance, to support secondary teaching and learning.

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Conservation Week

Conservation Week starts on Sunday 1 November 2015. This year's theme is Healthy Nature Healthy People.

Term 4 secondary newsletters now available

Term 4 e-newsletters for secondary middle leaders are now available. These newsletters offer effective teaching strategies, useful links for resources and exemplars, links to relevant readings, plus information about upcoming regional workshops and cluster sessions.

Draft level 3 standards available

The draft Level 3 achievement standards, Levels 3-6 qualifications maps, and information are now available on the Youth Guarantee Website.

Vocational Pathways – refinement of Levels 1 and 2 complete

A summary of the pathways and the outcomes of the refinement process can be found online.

Te Wiki o te Reo Māori

Māori Language Week takes place this year between Monday 27 July and Sunday 2 August. The kaupapa for Te Wiki o te Reo Māori 2015 is ‘Whāngaihia te reo Māori ki ngā mātua.’ We aim to encourage and support the language development of parents who can then whāngai the language to their children.

Support packages for the NZC principles

NZC Online has launched two remaining support packages for the New Zealand Curriculum principles. Each support package contains resources, tools, and examples to support schools as they consider the inclusion and high expectations principles.

Secondary essentials

Secondary middle leaders

Information, tools, and resources to support secondary middle leaders.

Secondary PLD

Secondary student achievement initiative for English medium schools.

Senior Secondary Guides

A series of Curriculum Guides to help design quality teaching and learning programmes.


New and updated NCEA support material and internal assessment resources.


Broad information covering NCEA standards and resources.

Te Mangōroa

A portal to stories, reports, statistics, and reviews that support Māori learners achieve education success as Māori.

Te Tere Auraki

Four projects that support Maori students' success in English-medium schools.

Engaging Māori students

Setting goals, priorities, actions, targets and outcomes to ensure Māori youth are present, engaged and achieving at secondary level.

Transitions and pathways

Vocational pathways

Vocational pathways provide a clear framework for vocational options, and assistance in programme planning. 

Career Education and Guidance in New Zealand Schools

Advice and support on providing effective career education and guidance in years 7 to 13.

Secondary students and school leavers – Education and training

Career information to help students at school, or for those making decisions about leaving.

Career Services rapaura – Career education in practice

A practical handbook to help schools manage and develop their career education programmes.

A Study of Students' Transition from Primary to Secondary Schooling

Learning workers: Young New Zealanders and early career development

Media gallery

Developing a financial literacy programme for year 9 and 10

Mary Kerrigan, HOD Business, discusses the financial literacy programme at Aorere College, which is being created in consultation with the Commission for Financial Capability (formerly the Commission for Financial Literacy and Retirement Income) to provide students with information about income, spending, budgeting, and wise financial management for the future.

The modules are developed with links to other NZ Curriculum learning areas, and will be uploaded to the Commission’s website for every school in New Zealand to download and deliver in their schools.


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Exam preparation resources from NZQA

The NZQA website has resources designed to provide students with all the information they need for upcoming exams. A specific page for students and whānau is available that contains study tips, timetables, and examination rules. NZQA will also produce a video featuring NCEA students giving their best study advice, along with advice from Richard Thornton, a former school principal, and NZQA’s deputy chief executive for assessment. This will be available on NZQA's YouTube and Facebook pages.