06 December 2019
Notice of Appointment – Member of Subject Expert Group for Accounting,
Review of Achievement Standards (RAS)
I am pleased to confirm your appointment as a member of the Subject Expert Group (SEG) for
Accounting. Your appointment is initially until 31 December 2020 with scope to be re-established
each year until the conclusion of the Review of Achievement Standards.
Your appointment is conditional upon acceptance, completion of probity checks, and the
declaration and management of all relevant conflicts.
In undertaking work as a member of the Subject Expert Group, you will be expected to maintain
the values and ethos of the public service. You wil also need to ensure to maintain the required
interest and enthusiasm to contribute effectively to the performance of your SEG through the term
SEG members wil be paid under the Cabinet Fees Framework.
As a Group 4, Level 2 body, SEG
members wil be paid $330 per day, pro rata. Al members working in their own time are able to
claim relevant payment, but those paid by the Crown are not eligible during normal course of
business (this wil generally exclude teachers and university staff during regular teaching hours).
If you are a public sector employee, or become one during your term, you should discuss your
SEG role with your employer and confirm your fees arrangement with the Ministry of Education
contact person below.
Schools wil be able to claim a Teacher Release Day (TRD) payment for staff absences for full day
Under the Official Information Act 1982
Al SEG members are able to claim expenses relating to their travel, within the MoE Guidelines
which wil be provided at the first meeting.
You may at any time resign from this office by notifying us in writing by email to
If you have any questions about your appointment, please contact me at
Please read the attached Terms of Reference and return this signed letter, to accept your
appointment. My team and I look forward to working with you.
Senior Manager, Senior Secondary
Secondary Tertiary and Partnership Schools
Early Learning & Student Achievement
Ministry of Education
I, (full legal name)
Accept the appointment as a member of the Subject Expert Group and agree to the
attached Terms of Reference.
RAS Subject Expert Group
Terms of Reference
The Ministry of Education is the standard-setting body for achievement standards and has responsibility for
reviewing these standards, which assess outcomes derived from the National Curriculum.
To enact the in-principle agreements of Cabinet through the NCEA Review Change Package and to fulfil its
requirement of regularly reviewing standards, the Ministry wil be undertaking the Review of Achievement
Standards (RAS) from 2020.
Through the RAS, the Ministry wil work with Subject Expert Groups for each subject to identify the important
learning and develop standards, supporting material, and resources. NZQA wil partner with the Ministry
throughout the process and wil quality assure the final achievement standards. Act
The Subject Expert Group (SEG) has been created to support the Ministry in identifying the subject matrices
to develop and to provide expert advice relating to the development of new Achievement Standards and
The scope of the SEG is to provide advice to the Ministry of Education related to their specific subject and to
work to develop the material requested by the Ministry of Education.
Initial work undertaken in the initial term wil be to advise the Ministry on the subject matrices to develop.
Following confirmation of the subjects the Ministry of Education wil develop, the relevant SEGs wil begin
development of their NCEA Level 1 products. The group wil draw on the outcomes of the relevant Ministry’s
Curriculum, Progress, and Achievement work to identify the significant learning for the SEG subject.
Al work performed by the group wil be subject to the relevant Cabinet and Ministry of Education policy
decisions, particularly the changes agreed by Cabinet as part of the NCEA Review Change Package.
Delivery oversight and decision-making ability wil be held by the Ministry of Education, provided to the group
by a Senior Adviser, Secondary Tertiary. If significant disagreement arises, this wil be escalated to the
Senior Manager with responsibility for the Review of Achievement Standards.
Al actions of the group are guided by our obligations under Te Tiriti o Waitangi.
The responsibilities of the SEG include:
• Supporting the Ministry in identifying the important subjects to develop at each level of NCEA
• Identifying the significant learning in their subject
• Developing learning and assessment matrices for the subject
• Supporting the Ministry to develop and write new assessment matrices, achievement standards, and
• Developing further supporting material for teachers.
• Supporting the sector to understand and use the RAS resources
These responsibilities lie over the course of the whole RAS, and the Ministry of Education wil identify the
required work for each meeting and term of appointment.
The responsibilities of the SEG during each term wil be subject to confirmation of the final subjects being
developed. A SEG which represents a subject offered only at NCEA Levels 2 and/or 3 wil have limited
responsibilities during 2020.
The initial term of appointment wil be from 11 November 2019 until 31 December 2020. The group wil
comprise 8 paid members (in limited cases 6 members) along with an ex-officio member from NZQA. A
Senior Adviser from the Ministry of Education and technical writers wil also be in attendance. Members are
able to sit on multiple SEGs.
The Ministry of Education is responsible for the overal direction of the meetings, determining and confirming
the agenda, and providing secretariat support. The technical writers wil be provided by the Ministry to
develop materials based on direction from the SEG.
Jackie Talbot, Group Manager, Secondary Tertiary, has the right to disestablish the group and add or
remove members at any time. A SEG may be disestablished if the subject they represent wil not ha
achievement standards developed through the Review of Achievement Standards. Act
The Cabinet Fees Framework wil apply for classification and remuneration of fees [Cabinet Office Circular
(19)1]. The SEG is a Group 4, Level 2 body. The members of SEG wil receive a per diem of $330 +GST.
Public sector employees wil not retain both the group fee and their ordinary pay where the duties of the
group are undertaken during their ordinary working hours.
Members wil be reimbursed by the Ministry for expenses related to travel within the Ministry of Education’s
It is anticipated that members wil work up to approximately 10 days in the first term; including 6 ful day
meetings in Wellington, offline work and Skype meet
the ings. The expectation is that all members are to attend,
and meetings wil be scheduled to ensure attendance from members.
The SEG will report to Jackie Talbot, Group Manager, Secondary Tertiary. A Senior Adviser wil be present
at al meetings of the group, representing the Ministry of Education and Jackie Talbot.
Conflict of Interest and Probity
Membership of the SEG wil be conditional on probity being completed, including disclosure of al actual or
perceived conflicts of interest. The Ministry may engage with provisional SEG members before probity is
complete, but this does not guarantee final membership.
A conflict of interest register wil be maintained to record any conflicts.
If members of the SEG develop new, relevant conflicts of interest, whether real, potential or perceived, in the
course of the NCEA review, they wil inform the Ministry of Education as soon as is reasonably practicable.
Confidentiality and Document Ownership
All documents and drafts that are provided by the Ministry of Education to the SEG or developed by the
group are owned by the Ministry of Education and need to be kept confidential unless express permission is
granted by the Ministry of Education.
SEG members acting in that capacity wil not make media statements, representing their own views or that of
If the SEG are asked to provide comment on any issue relating to education by a third party (i.e., other than
the Ministry of Education), that SEG member wil forward the question or request to the Senior Adviser.
Members of the SEG are expected to act in good faith and respect contributions from all other members. The
Senior Adviser wil ensure that al members get reasonable opportunities to contribute.
Members are expected to work towards agreement and the Senior Adviser wil intervene where contrasting
views are unable to be resolved in a timely fashion.
Review of the Terms of Reference
The Ministry of Education wil review their Terms of Reference upon expiry and reappoint the SEG as
appropriate with any necessary changes.