NCEA and the Whānau workshops

NCEA stands for National Certificate of Educational Achievement. It is the main qualification for New Zealand secondary school students and is recognised by employers and used as the benchmark for selection by universities and polytechnics.

“NCEA and the Whānau” workshops are interactive and designed especially for Māori whanau to help you:

  • understand NCEA
  • talk about your dreams and aspirations for your child
  • help your child make good subject choices
  • learn practical tips to help your child achieve NCEA success, including creating your own whānau education action plan.

These workshops are run locally by trained ‘champions’ at schools or other community hubs in the lead up to NCEA exams each year. They’re usually about 1 ½ hours long.

Parents and whānau find it most useful to attend a workshop when their child is in their first years of high school.

NCEA is a flexible system, and this can make it appear complex to whānau. When you understand how NCEA works you can talk more knowledgeably with your child and support them early on with their subject choices and study. Being well informed also means it’s easier to talk to your school about how your child is progressing and get tips about how you can help at home.

The programme is a collaborative initiative run by agencies across the education sector, and includes information and advice from the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA), the Ministry of Education and Careers NZ.

Visit the NZQA website to get more information about NCEA, as well as hear from people who have attended a workshop, and request a workshop near you.

NZQA also has a free App, called the “NCEA Guide” with information for whānau (and employers) about how NCEA works.  Download it from the NZQA website and have it on-hand whenever you need it.

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