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Welcome to the Secondary Education portal

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

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Workshops for middle leaders

Regional workshops and clusters provide opportunities for middle leaders to come together to develop learning-focused communities. Key focus areas are supporting middle leaders with the NCEA standards alignment process and with learning area literacy and language needs, in the context of The New Zealand Curriculum. Workshop information has recently been updated to include the 2014 timetable.

UPDATED – Financial capability in the curriculum

Financial capability is a theme that schools could use for effective cross-curricular teaching and learning programmes. This section on New Zealand Curriculum Online has been fully revised and updated, with new stories and discussion from industry experts, development of the financial capability progressions, and a new financial capability tool.

A second look at Ka Hikitia – Accelerating Success 2013–2017

Over the next few months NZC Online will feature a series of blogs about Ka Hikitia – Accelerating Success 2013–2017. The blog posts will look closely at different aspects of the Māori education strategy and provide questions, resources, and suggested actions for school leaders and kaiako.

NEW FEATURE – National events and The New Zealand Curriculum

National events and The New Zealand Curriculum is a new section on NZC Online that highlights national days and weeks of importance. National events are linked to The New Zealand Curriculum and ideas, resources, and tools are provided to help schools get involved. The feature on Anzac Day shows how you can support students to explore values such as respect and honour, examine the social science concepts of identity, continuity and change, and develop key competencies.

International senior secondary science opportunities 2014

The Royal Society of New Zealand invites senior secondary students with a genuine interest and passion for science to apply for international travel awards. Students can apply to travel to the London International Youth Science Forum, the USA International Space Camp, or Youth ANZAAS (Australia New Zealand Association for Advancement of Science).

E-newsletters for middle leaders

Term one e-newsletters for New Zealand secondary middle leaders are now available. The newsletters contain guidelines for effective teaching and learning strategies, subject-specific literacy strategies, the latest information on standards alignment, useful links for resources and exemplars, feedback from national moderators, links to relevant readings, plus information about upcoming regional workshops and cluster sessions.

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

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 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.


Financial capability in the curriculum

Financial capability is a relevant context through which you can meet the objectives and requirements of the national curriculum. This updated section from New Zealand Curriculum Online supports you to develop students’ financial capability; positioning them to make well-informed financial decisions throughout their lives.

The section includes a  discussion tool to help you deepen your own understandings of financial capability; financial capability progressions that set out suggested curriculum based learning outcomes across a range of learning areas; a variety of  resources to support financial capability teaching and learning; and  school stories that illustrate financial capability in different contexts.