As you are aware, being in COVID-19 lockdown has affected learning and assessments and the dates for the end of year NCEA and NZ Scholarship exams. NCEA exams will be delayed by two weeks, running from Monday 22 November until Tuesday 14 December, and due dates for portfolio submissions will also be pushed back by two weeks.
This afternoon, NZQA informed us that if schools and kura are disrupted by Alert Levels 3 or 4 for a total of 20 or more school days in 2021, the following additional changes would apply at the same rates and levels as originally announced in June 2020.
These changes help give students a fair opportunity to gain the qualification they are aiming for.
What does this mean for students?
The more credits you achieve the more you are entitled to:
For every 5 credits you achieve through internal or external assessment, you are entitled to 1 extra credit. These extra credits are called Learning Recognition Credits (LRCs):
• Up to 10 of your LRCs earned this year can be used towards the 80 you need for NCEA Level 1.
• Up to 8 LRCs earned this year can be used towards the 60 you need at Level 2 and Level 3.
Endorsements are still achievable:
• To get a certificate endorsement you will need 46 credits at Merit or Excellence level, instead of the usual 50.
• To get a course endorsement you will need 12 credits at Achieved or Merit or Excellence level in a course, rather than 14. You still need to achieve at least 3 credits in externals and 3 in internals.
• Your LRCs don’t come with Merit or Excellence, so they can’t count towards an endorsement.
University Entrance has been adjusted:
For 2021 the UE requirements have been adjusted from 14 down to 12 credits in threehttps://www.nzqa.govt.nz/qualifications-standards/awards/university-entrance/approved-subjects/. You still need to have NCEA Level 3 and the usual https://www.nzqa.govt.nz/qualifications-standards/awards/university-entrance/.
You’ve got more time to study:
Most portfolio due dates and exams for NCEA and Scholarship have been moved later to give more time for students to learn and prepare.
What do I need to do?
Keep working to make sure that you achieve as many standards as you can. Your teachers will help you to track your progress.
You don’t need to do anything else to get your Learning Recognition Credits. NZQA will do the calculations before you get your results.
Make sure that you know when your portfolios are due, and double check the https://www.nzqa.govt.nz/ncea/ncea-exams-and-portfolios/external/national-secondary-examinations-timetable/.
If you need any more information, contact your Tutor or ring NZQA on 0800 697 296.
We will continue to keep you informed via our Parent Updates on Mondays, however I know this will alleviate some stress for those students undertaking NCEA programmes this year – every credit counts!
Auckland will remain at Alert Level 4 for at least 2 weeks. Northland will remain at Alert Level 4 until at least 11:59pm on Thursday. Everywhere south of the Auckland boundary moves to Alert Level 3 at 11:59pm on Tuesday.
Further to tonight’s announcement by the Prime Minister, New Zealand is moving to Alert Level 4 Lockdown at 11:59pm tonight for a period of three days, however Auckland and the Coromandel regions are likely to remain at Level 4 for an initial period of seven days.
As with previous lockdowns, we will be supporting your child’s learning from home through online learning. We appreciate this is a sudden and significant change and will be heavily disruptive to many people in our community.
Please do not expect your child to sit working on their device like a normal school day, i.e. 8:45am–3:15pm. This is not practical or healthy, nor is it expected. On average, you can expect your child to spend around 40-45 minutes on each subject. Students are expected to meet all homework, assignment, and assessment deadlines. Their Tutor Teacher will be their first point of contact if they are having any IT issues, concerns about their workload, or perhaps feeling anxious about the current style of learning.
We will continue to communicate with you over the coming days as more information becomes available.
Remember, be kind to one another during what can be a challenging time especially those essential workers on the front line.
Mrs Karen Brinsden