Te Kura

Achievement at Te Kura

In assessing student achievement at Te Kura it is important to take into account the nature of the student population and the circumstances in which students come to Te Kura.  

Te Kura is unique in New Zealand, not only in terms of its form of delivery but also the mix of students who enrol. Many students come to Te Kura after long periods of disengagement and it can take time to get them back on track with their learning. Other students, particularly young adult and adult students, are learning part-time so they may not be enrolled in enough courses to earn an NCEA qualification. Te Kura also teaches a large number of dual registered students whose results are reported by their home school.

Assessing achievement of students against national averages is therefore not a meaningful measure of value-added by Te Kura. Analysis by the Ministry of Education shows that when student factors are taken into account Te Kura’s performance comes close to that obtained in other schools. The differences associated with different forms of schooling are very much less than those between different types of students. Te Kura does not use aggregated statistics, not adjusted for the nature of the student population, to measure student performance. 

Enrolment categories

Te Kura has two categories of enrolment:

  • Access – a parent can make an application for their child’s enrolment
  • Referral – the application must be supported by referral documents from the Ministry of Education, the Department of Corrections or the Ministry for Vulnerable Children, Oranga Tamariki.

Within each of these categories are a number of enrolment “gateways” (i.e. sets of entry criteria).






Early Childhood Education

  • Geographic isolation
  • Itinerancy
  • High health needs
  • Special circumstances


  • Special development needs
  • Ministry of Education

Adults and Young Adult Students

  • Young adult over the age of 16 and not attending school full-time
  • Adults over the age 20 accessing “second chance” education for the purpose of achieving NCEA qualifications



Year 1-15 Full-time Students


(Most full-time students are expected to do a full year’s course of at least four or five subjects)

  • Exceptional arts or sports performance
  • Geographic isolation or inaccessibility
  • Itinerancy
  • Young parents
  • Overseas domestic students
  • Student is in the custody and/or guardianship of the Ministry for Vulnerable Children, Oranga Tamariki
  • Student is in the custody of the Department of Corrections
  • Ministry of Education – student is non-enrolled
  • Ministry of Education – student is excluded/expelled
  • Ministry of Education Special Education – student has psychological or psycho-social needs

Dual Tuition

State, state-integrated, partnership schools kura hourua, and private schools may register Year 1-15 domestic students with Te Kura for supplementary government funded dual tuition where the entry criteria are met.


Te Kura’s 2016 NCEA achievement

NCEA qualification achievement for participating students in our main enrolment categories compared to the national average.

A participating student would have sufficient credits to be able to achieve the qualification by the end of the year in question if they were to achieve all of the credits for which they are entered and those were added to any credits previously attained.