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Carry our voice. Shape our future – Kawea te reo. Tāraihia te pae tawhiti.

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Group entry – Ages 13-18.

You’re already a leader among your peers. Now take a lead role gathering their views on NCEA. Make a formal submission to the Government, representing your local student voice.

What do I do?

With your leadership team (or form your own team), organise, lead and capture group conversations about what students think about NCEA. As a leadership team, collate student views and create a formal submission to the NCEA Review. Use the NCEA survey, create your own, hold an event – or bring your own ideas and lead others to create a formal submission.

What do I need to enter?

Describe the process your team followed to gather student voice including how you engaged your peers, identifying the main themes they raised and sharing their ideas.

Create a narrative report (max 1200 words/8 pages). Specific student views and images can enrich your work. Make sure you download and submit completed consent forms from anyone who appears in your entry. Provide evidence that your group has made a formal submission to the Review.

Details on how to enter will be published on this website on 6 June.

What’s up for grabs?

Ten grants of $500 and spot prizes to be used at the discretion of the leadership team.

Winners will be drawn at random from all entries that meet the requirements set out in the entry form.

When do I need to enter by?

Entries close midnight, 27 August.

A guide to holding youth to youth conversations

To help you with your group discussions we have pulled together a quick set of notes, a checklist and a conversation guide.

Download the conversation guide [PDF 320KB]

Make your Mark competition booklet

All the information you need to know about the Make your Mark competition can be found in the competition booklet [PDF 3.4MB]


Click here for the Emerging leaders entry form