NZQA and Assessments
- Continue with your assessment work as much as possible, as guided by teachers.
- Years 11-13 students, please don’t worry about NCEA – we will be responsive to your needs as a learner, and you will be advised of assessment dates that may change or how assessments may differ online. If in doubt, ask your teacher, who will be able to provide a revised assessment statement in Term 2.
NZQA and the Ministry of Education will help schools to develop effective plans for NCEA assessment and qualifications for students affected by COVID-19, including supporting remote learning. NCEA’s flexibility is a huge strength in times like these, and means that we can adapt how we deliver and use NCEA to fit with our conditions – including remote learning. NZQA will be supporting schools to use this flexibility in how they manage internal assessment through remote learning, and to generate grades derived from learning programmes should attendance at external assessments be disrupted. Work is also underway to make sure that all qualifications, awards and pathways (including University Entrance and Vocational Pathways) will remain available through any disruptions.
For students taking part in Trades Academies and Gateway Programmes, further information can be found at youthguarantee.education.govt.nz
Learning from home website and Ki te Ao Mārama
The Ministry of Education has produced two online spaces at learningfromhome.govt.nz and kauwhatareo.govt.nz/ki-te-ao-marama with resources for parents and whānau, teachers and leaders spanning early learning through to senior secondary.
The ministry has launched these now so people have time to get familiar with the site and we can keep developing it to meet your needs. Current content is just the start of the guidance, tools and resources we will be uploading to support teachers and parents.
Ki te Ao Marama has been developed to support those students learning te reo Māori and for those in kōhanga reo, kura and Māori medium settings. They have been purposefully packaged to support learning at home.
- Teachers can use both online spaces to point students to activities they think would help them learn at home.
- Leaders and teachers can use the site to start their thinking and planning for learning from home.
- Parents and whānau will find advice and activities they can use to support learning at home, without needing to become teachers themselves.
Removing data caps for internet
Please be advised most of the major telcos have now removed data caps and the possibility of any extra charges based on usage.
Please see the links to those major companies below if you need further support with this.
SPARK – spark.co.nz
“Removing overage charges for customers who are on data-capped broadband plans, so they won’t have to worry about paying extra to stay connected. This applies to both small and medium business and consumer customers.”
VODAFONE – vodafone.co.nz
“The removal of data caps from data-capped Broadband plans for consumers and small to medium sized businesses until at least the end of June 2020.”
VOCUS/SLINGSHOT – slingshot.co.nz
“We removed all the data caps from our plans to better enable you to work from home during this time of social distancing and self-isolation.”
2DEGREES – 2degreesmobile.co.nz
“Any customer who was on a limited data plan on or before Friday, March 20 will now receive unlimited data through until June 2020.”