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Welcome to the Secondary Education portal

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

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The new home for NCEA

You can have your say on NCEA draft Level 1 subjects, and find out the latest news.

Secondary essentials

NZ Curriculum Online

Curriculum information, tools, and resources to support New Zealand 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.

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

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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 >>