Dear Parent / Caregiver,
If your child is currently
enrolled in a General English subject that includes External Assessment. All
General English courses contribute to an ATAR score. General English subjects
include: English, English as an Additional Language and Literature.
In Year 11, student results are closely monitored to ensure
students are academically successful and their pathways realistic. This
“risk-management” process safeguards student QCE attainment (Queensland
Certificate of Education).
To qualify for a QCE it is necessary to obtain a semester
pass in English and in Mathematics. All
students enrolled in English will have their results reviewed at the end of
Term 1, and again in Term 2. As there
are only four formal pieces of assessment in Year 11 English subjects, failure
to pass or complete assessment in Term 1 may render students ineligible for a
QCE without intervention. Additionally, by failing a semester of English,
students will lose one credit from their QCE. Students require 20 credits in a
set pattern to gain a QCE by the end of Year 12.
Consequently, students who do not pass assessments 1 and
2 in any General English subject will
be placed in the Essential English subject
for the remainder of Years 11 and 12 to ensure they have the opportunity to
demonstrate the literacy skills required for a QCE. Parents of students in this
situation will be contacted, and teachers will also be in communication with
you regarding early warning signs such as incomplete drafts or lack of effort.
The Essential English
Applied subject is an alternative to the general subjects, and does not feature
External Assessment. If it is the only
Applied Subject a student studies, it can contribute towards an ATAR score. Essential English still enables students
to pursue a tertiary pathway, however it may rule them out of direct entry into
some universities and courses. Students in this course will continue to study a
range of units, and produce a number of assessment items. The school’s assessment
policy regarding drafts, due dates and absence remains applicable.
Please contact your child’s current English teacher or the
Head of Department if you wish to discuss your child’s level of achievement in
Matt Pickersgill Mark
Head of Department -