Learning at school

What my child learns

You will find that what (and how) your child learns at secondary school is quite different to when you were at school. Nowadays the focus is on developing a range of skills and abilities that they need to continue their education, get into the career they want, and be successful in life, rather than just teaching facts and figures.

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The National Curriculum

What students learn at state and state-integrated schools and kura in NZ is guided by an National Curriculum framework.

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Key competencies

During your child’s time at school they will develop a range of skills and capabilities (key competencies) that will help them to do well in life.

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NCEA

The National Certificate of Educational Achievement, or NCEA as it's commonly known as, is New Zealand's main secondary school qualification for students in years 11 to 13 and is accepted by the majority of employers here and overseas.

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How to support a child with dyslexia

Dyslexia is a term used to describe a range of persistent difficulties with reading and writing, and often including spelling, numeracy or musical notation. Students with dyslexia do not make expected progress in these areas in spite of good teaching and the type of extra support that would be helpful for most children. But difficulties with dyslexia can be reduced with effective individualised teaching and specialist support.

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Learning using digital technologies

Find out why and how schools and children are using digital technologies for learning.

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Sexuality education

You may be interested in how sexuality education is taught in New Zealand, how you can support your child’s learning, and how you can have your say.

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