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Think big. Think education. Re-think NCEA – Whakaaro nui. Whakaaro roa. Whakaaro tangata.

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Individual entry – ages 15-20 years

Smart Ideas, Smart Futures is a design competition that challenges recent NCEA participants to radically re-think how NCEA could look in schools. The top ten applicants will be funded to attend a Design Lab event in Wellington to participate in a co-design event looking at the next steps for NCEA.

The challenge: How might we shape NCEA and take the qualification from good to great, for all New Zealanders?

What do I do?

Research and design a proposal that responds to the challenge and positively impacts on the 5 principles of NCEA - Wellbeing, Inclusion & Equity, Pathways, Coherence and Credibility. Your design should show innovative improvement for communities, schools and students.

Guiding principles for the NCEA Review

What do I need to enter?

Create a design portfolio board, research paper (max 2000 words/8 pages) or media project (max 5 min) describing your concept.

Student voices and images enrich your work. Make sure you download and submit completed consent forms from anyone who appears in your entry.

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

What’s up for grabs?

Study grants to be used at winner’s discretion:

  • 1st - $5000
  • 2nd - $2000
  • 3rd - $1000
  • Top 10 entries will be funded to attend Design Lab.

 When do I need to enter by?

Entries close 27 August.

The top 10 entries, as judged against the criteria, will be invited to attend a Design Lab event in Wellington, on 1 & 2 October.

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 Smart ideas. Smart futures entry form