Yesterday, Glenfield College was pleased to receive an announcement from NZQA regarding some changes to NCEA for 2020, due to the impact of Covid-19 and the lockdown. The information was updated in the afternoon with the accompanying Covid-19 response summary of changes. We know some of our students and their whānau are worried that they might not be able to attain NCEA or UE this year because of the disruption caused by Covid-19. To help address this and support students, the following changes are being made to NCEA and University Entrance (UE) requirements for this year:
- Students working towards an NCEA qualification can gain additional credits, based on the number of credits they achieve during the 2020 school year. These additional credits will be known as Learning Recognition credits. For every 5 credits a student achieves towards their NCEA qualification, either through internal or external assessment, they are entitled to an additional 1 credit. Students at NCEA Level 1 are eligible for up to a maximum of 10 additional credits while those at Levels 2 and 3 are eligible for up to a maximum of 8 additional credits.
- Students will be awarded a certificate endorsement if they achieve 46 credits at Merit or Excellence level, rather than the usual 50. Students achieving 12 credits at Merit or Excellence level in a course – rather than 14 – will be awarded a course endorsement.
- Current UE requirements have been reduced from 14 to 12 credits in three UE-approved subjects. Students still need to attain NCEA Level 3 and meet literacy and numeracy requirements to be awarded University Entrance.
- External NCEA examinations and NZ Scholarship examinations will now take place from 16 November 2020 to 9 December 2020. This will provide extra time for teaching, learning and assessment in Term 4.
- The submission date for subjects which require students to submit a portfolio (for example, Design and Visual Communications) has been extended to 12 November 2020, to give students more time to complete their portfolios.
These changes have been designed to encourage students to continue working towards their NCEA qualification and to ensure that the NCEA credits attained by them during this school year are just as valid as those earned in previous years.
Students were provided with current details of their results this morning during Form Class. I encourage you to review these results and if you have any queries about the changes, please contact our Principal’s Nominee, Graeme King – [email protected].