"However, despite what you say, the NZ curriculum is considered to be at the forefront of education" According to who! Who considers it that way? We must move in incredibly different circles. My thoughts are echoed by my school, which is now exclusively IGCSE (read the papers), and many others. It is subject dependant, of course, but from the cluster meetings I have attended there is deep frustration with NZQA, especially with externally moderated coursework, which is often marked by non-specialist subject teachers and whose goalposts change at an alarming rate. For those that are unfamiliar with the system - unlike the UK, the results are either 'Achieved' or 'Not Achieved', yes I know about merit and excellence, but let us consider the 'Not Achieved' award for a second. To recieve this, you can either: 1. spend all year doing nothing, and submit minimal coursework. 2. work really hard all year, submit a really good body of coursework, but miss out or fail to emphasise a miniscule detail. Same end result. Not achieved, no sliding scale, no D,E,F etc. This is not the way to educate children. NZQA operates by punishing young people for what they do not know, Cambridge operates by rewarding young people for what they do know. I have no need to defend my opinions, just do some background research and listen. Try this for size: "The Children's Commissioner believes there is room for improvement in the wake of a critical United Nations report into the rights of children in New Zealand. The UN is concerned over shortfalls in the welfare of our children, including "staggering" infant and child mortality rates and a lack of representation for children in legislation." I can furnish many more examples of where the hype and the advertising falls somewhat short of the real truth. Just let me know, I will be happy to oblige. And only a tiny minority of NZ schools are moving towards IGCSE "