Te Kura Summer School

Te Kura accepts short-term registrations over the summer break. Te Kura Summer School is for secondary school ākonga (students) who have missed out on progressing to further study, training, or employment for the following year by up to 10 NCEA credits.

“The teachers were so supportive and dedicated to helping me reach my goals. Summer School at Te Kura was by far the best decision I ever made.” – Summer School ākonga

“It was daunting at first because I had been out of school for a long time. My teacher was amazing at keeping me on track.” – Summer School ākonga

Some questions and answers for ākonga (students)

Te Kura Summer School runs from 21 December 2020 to 10 February 2021.

Registrations open on 23 November 2020 and close on 2 February 2021.

Te Kura Summer School is for secondary school ākonga (students) who require up to 10 NCEA credits to progress to further study, training or employment.

All Summer School ākonga must be:

  • A New Zealand citizen, permanent resident, or verified domestic student
  • Residing in New Zealand
  • Registering for up to 10 additional NCEA credits before the release of NCEA results by NZQA, and up to 6 following the release of NCEA results

*Summer School is free for ākonga aged 16-19 if they meet eligibility criteria listed in the Te Kura Enrolment Policy

*Summer School eligibility criteria in the Te Kura Enrolment Policy is subject to change

You can register online. Our online registration facility will be available on our website. Registrations open on 23 November 2020.

  • NCEA Level 1: English, Maths and Te Reo Māori
  • NCEA Level 2: Most subjects (limited standards)
  • NCEA Level 3: Most subjects (limited standards)

A complete list of Te Kura Summer School subjects and standards will be available on our website in November 2020.

All study is completed online in My Te Kura, our online learning environment. With access to a device and connectivity, you can study anywhere, anytime, at your own pace.

Read more about using My Te Kura

We encourage you to set clear, achievable goals with your school before starting Te Kura Summer School, and to keep in touch with your Summer School kaiako (teacher) throughout the programme. As a general guide, allow 10 hours of study time for one credit.

For help with course content and confirming what is required for your desired standards, our qualified kaiako (teachers) are available online to support you. Their contact details will be provided to you once your registration has been processed.

For help with accessing My Te Kura and other general online learning queries, you can contact our Student and Whānau Support Team who are available Monday to Friday, 8am to 5pm.

  • Summer School registration queries: Contact the Summer School Intake Team on 0800 65 99 88 option 6, or email summerschool@tekura.school.nz
  • General online learning queries: Contact the Student and Whānau Support Team on 0800 65 99 88 option 2, or email hub@tekura.school.nz

Te Kura will be closed from midday on Thursday, 24 December 2020 and will reopen on Tuesday, 5 January 2021.

It is your responsibility to return work regularly so you can achieve your learning goals.

10 February 2021 is the final day you can submit work to ensure your Te Kura Summer School credits count towards your 2020 school year and included on your 2020 Record of Achievement. This is especially important for students requiring University Entrance.

Please make sure you factor in time for your kaiako (teacher) to mark your work and provide feedback. Remember that you may have to resubmit work, and your marks may be moderated by a second kaiako. Please don't leave your first submission of work until 10 February, as this will not allow time for any resubmissions.

If you don't finish your assessments by the final due date, there may be other opportunities for you to achieve your learning goals:

  • If you will be returning to your school in 2021, you can discuss your learning goals with your school.
  • If you will not be returning to your school, you can choose to continue receiving support from Te Kura to achieve your learning goals. If you wish to remain with Te Kura in 2021, it is important to let us know so you are not removed from the Te Kura roll.

If you were enrolled at another secondary school in 2020, we will refer any Summer School credits you achieve to your previous school. Your previous school will need to report the results to NZQA for inclusion on your 2020 Record of Achievement. Please let your school know you have registered for Te Kura Summer School so your Principal's Nominee can look out for your results.

If you were enrolled in another secondary school in 2020:

  • Any results awarded during Te Kura Summer School will generate an automated email alert to the Principal’s Nominee at your school. They will report your results to NZQA so it is included on your 2020 Record of Achievement.
  • If your results do not appear on your 2020 Record of Achievement after 7 working days, please follow up with your school. Your school will be closed for much of December and January, so it is important to let them know you have registered for Te Kura Summer School.

If Te Kura was your only school in 2020:

  • From January 2021, any results awarded during Te Kura Summer School will be regularly reported to NZQA so they are included on your 2020 Record of Achievement.
  • If your results do not appear on your 2020 Record of Achievement after 10 working days, please email ncea.registration@tekura.school.nz with your name, Te Kura ID and the missing standard number/s.

If you were not enrolled with a secondary school in 2020:

  • Any results awarded during Te Kura Summer School cannot be backdated to the 2020 school year. 
  • April 2021 is the earliest your Record of Achievement can be updated, should this be required by your course provider. Our Te Kura Qualifications team will email you with instructions for updating your Record of Achievement in April 2021. Otherwise, your results will be included on your Record of Achievement update in January 2022.

Te Kura working in partnership with schools

We are working with the Ministry of Education to support ākonga (students) affected by disruptions due to COVID-19. The temporary expansion of our learning programmes will provide an opportunity to have a positive impact on the lives of ākonga. 

We have found that ākonga (students) are likely to achieve their Te Kura Summer School goals with support from their school. We work in partnership with schools to support ākonga and ensure we are meeting NZQA regulations. If you are referring ākonga to Te Kura Summer School, please advise them on what subjects they need to register for and how many credits they need to achieve. Let them know they will need to work hard, be self-motivated and keep in touch with their Summer School kaiako (teacher).

Ākonga have a single Record of Achievement in an academic year, so credits achieved at Te Kura Summer School by the NZQA deadline (usually mid-February) are referred to their previous school of enrolment. Credits achieved at Te Kura Summer School will benefit your ākonga and your school.

There are four ways you can support your ākonga (students) to achieve their goals with Te Kura Summer School:

  • Registration: Schools can identify ākonga who might benefit from registering for Te Kura Summer School. Registrations open on 23 November 2020.
  • A space to learn: Schools can provide a venue and access to laptops and connectivity during the summer break.
  • Learning support: Schools can provide learning or pastoral support at their chosen venue during the summer break.
  • Become a Te Kura Summer School kaiako: Join our teaching team for the summer break and support ākonga throughout your region.

To express your interest in joining our Te Kura Summer School teaching team, please visit our Te Kura Careers Centre.

To learn more about Te Kura Summer School, or to express an interest in partnering with us, please email: summerschool@tekura.school.nz