Our senior students are currently working through their formative exams. They have received a welcome boost with the announcement that NZQA have increased the offering of additional NCEA credits (Learning Recognition Credits) to Auckland school students due to lockdown under Alert Level 3.
NCEA students can now gain one additional credit for every four credits they achieve (an increase on the previous one for five) up to a total of 16 credits at Level 1 and 12 credits at Levels 2 and 3. This means that at Level 1, students now need to reach the target of a minimum of 64 credits. At Levels 2 and 3, with 20 credits carried over from the previous level, the new minimum is 48 credits. The threshold for certificate endorsement has been reduced from the original 50 credits to 44 credits at Excellence or Merit.
Universities have signalled they will be flexible around course entry requirements for 2021, including the use of ‘Fast Track’ offers which sees many of our students already guaranteed a place in their chosen course.
These changes, amongst others, will bring a big confidence boost to our senior students as they move into Term Four and the ‘business end’ of the year.
I believe our students are well placed to take advantage of this difficult, but not impossible, year. Now is a great time for our students to formulate a plan; to work smarter and harder; to take advantage of the extra tutorials on offer at school and to use the ‘Auckland weighting’ to fulfill their greatest potential.
There is still so much to gain and look forward to. Alert levels permitting, our Year 13 students have their school ball in the near future; our Year 9 students have camp and Year 10’s have activities days. Our fingers are crossed these exciting events will go ahead as planned.
Have a wonderful and safe term break.
Mr CJ Healey