In January 2018, the Minister of Education, Hon Chris Hipkins, appointed a seven‑member Ministerial Advisory Group to identify opportunities for strengthening NCEA. The Minister picked people from a range of different backgrounds and challenged them to look for opportunities that would provoke, inspire, and encourage kōrero around the future of NCEA.
The Ministerial Advisory Group led the development of the Discussion Documents, that proposed six Big Opportunities. These Big Opportunities form the starting point for public engagement. During this phase, the Ministry of Education also formed an NCEA Review Reference Group, made up of key stakeholders to provide input and insights into the Discussion Documents.
The NCEA Discussion Document is in three parts: