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Welcome to the Secondary Education portal

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

Join the conversation -  NCEA Have your say!

We want to make it as easy as possible for everyone to participate in the discussion about the future of NCEA.

Get involved today.

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The future of NCEA – join the conversation

Education should give every New Zealander the freedom and opportunity to be the best they can be. The National Certificates of Educational Achievement (NCEA) were introduced into secondary schools over 15 years ago, and are a widely respected qualification both in New Zealand and internationally.

This year, as part of the Education Conversation or Kōrero Mātauranga, New Zealanders have a powerful opportunity to explore ways to strengthen NCEA.

What is future focused schooling?

In this NZC Online blog Maurie Abraham shares three principles of future focused schooling.

Waitangi Day resource page

This resource page on NZC Online encourages you to consider how Waitangi Day can be celebrated with your students and the wider community, and how you can use the Treaty of Waitangi principle as a foundation of curriculum decision making at your school.

Changes in education

The Government is planning a range of changes across a wide number of areas of education policy and practice. Keep up to date via their new Ministry web page: Changes in education.

He Tohu

In this EdTalk, Kate Potter, learning specialist at the National Library of New Zealand, talks about the new He Tohu exhibition, which brings together three of Aotearoa’s founding documents: the 1835 Declaration of Independence – He Whakaputanga, Te Tiriti o Waitangi, and the 1893 Women’s Suffrage Petition.

Graeme Aitken - Called to teaching at 15

In this Radio NZ interview Professor Graeme Aitken reflects on his career in education and marvels at the impact that teachers can have on the lives of young people.

Secondary essentials

Secondary middle leaders

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

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.

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.

Careers NZ – 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

Featured video

Students from St Hilda's Collegiate.

Passion projects 

At St Hilda's Collegiate, every Year 9 student is mentored with someone from the local community and they work throughout the year on their Passion project.


NZC Online spotlights 

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NZC spotlights are mini professional learning sessions that focus on a specific aspect of The New Zealand Curriculum. Presented on Google Slides, NZC spotlights include short readings, videos, and follow up activities. Further resources are suggested at the end of each session for those who want to access more information.

NZC spotlights are designed for teachers and leaders in both primary and secondary schools. They can be used during staff meetings, department or syndicate meetings, Kāhui Ako / Communities of Learning workshops, and teacher only days. Individual teachers can use NZC spotlights to reflect on their own learning journey and to support teacher inquiries.

The spotlights developed to date include:

  • NZC principles
  • Māori achieving success as Māori
  • Learner agency
  • Growth mindset
  • Universal Design for Learning

Spotlights can be found on NZC Online >>