NCEA Level 1 subject changes

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Education Minister Chris Hipkins has announced significant changes to NCEA Level 1 that would provide students with a broader foundation and more pathways for their learning whilst reducing student and teacher workload. The Ministry intends the changes to support learners to gain the key skills, knowledge and competencies needed for a strong foundation before more specialised learning starts from Level 2.

This finalisation of Level 1 subjects marked the start of a series of changes that would be made gradually to NCEA over the next four years. Feedback from thousands of stakeholders was factored into the Level 1 subject changes, which will be introduced from 2023.