Guidelines to assist schools provide advice

The following situations may meet derived grade guidelines

Anxiety and stress problems

Examinations can cause stress and anxiety. Stress and anxiety problems cannot be approved, even with medical evidence, unless there is a significant deterioration of a previously managed condition or it arises from a significant non-examination related traumatic event at the time of, or immediately (within a week) prior to the examination.

Appointment with medical specialist or scheduled surgery

Evidence would be needed that the appointment is a priority and presents an essential opportunity for treatment/diagnosis and cannot be rescheduled.

Death of a relative or close friend

The nature of a candidate’s relationship with the deceased and their ability and willingness to attend an examination(s) are variables to be considered in the extent of the application. Applications covering more than one week of the examinations need to be supported by evidence of clinical care and/or monitoring from a registered health professional.  Where a funeral is out of the candidate’s area they could, where possible, attend their examination sessions at another secondary school.

Attendance at tangihanga and an unveiling ceremony

The nature of a candidate’s relationship with the deceased, their cultural obligations and their ability and willingness to attend an examination(s) are variables to be considered in the extent of the application.

Candidate attends court (witness or accused) and misses an examination

Investigate. Courts understand the need for candidates to sit examinations.  An application can be approved if the appointment is unable to be negotiated,

The following situations do not meet derived grade guidelines

A candidate:

  • arrives at the wrong time for the examination session or arrived late (after 30 minutes) and cannot enter
  • misses an examination because the school made an error in the entry.
  • loses equipment/admission slip etc and becomes stressed before the examination
  • has transport problems (eg ran out of petrol) and is late for the examination.

These are avoidable circumstances that are within candidate’s control/responsibility and schools should have procedures to check entries and provide replacement admission slips.

A candidate:

  • is required to work or look after children so cannot study
  • breaks up with girlfriend or boyfriend.
  • participates by choice in an event that coincides with examination preparation or NZQA examinations, for example a family holiday or a personal commitment such as attending an interview, religious festival, visit overseas family or an examination for another organisation,.

These are family related matters and personal commitments or pursuits and so do not meet derived grade guidelines

A candidate:

  • states the examination was too difficult
  • claims the school did not teach them or tell them some vital information.

These do not meet derived grade guidelines. Any candidate could suggest that a school or teacher had disadvantaged him or her in some way. These claims should be investigated within the school through the school’s review processes.

A candidate loses some or all data or material related to an examination portfolio before the submission of the examination portfolio.

This applies to Design and Visual Communication, Technology, Level 3 Visual Arts and Level 3 Education for Sustainability only. Candidates and schools need to take responsibility for safeguarding all material that may be submitted as a part of an examination report or portfolio, including backup of electronic material. See submission information.

 
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