6 ways parents can help improve their teen's NCEA results
To ensure your child achieves their very best NCEA results it is important you are involved. You should offer them guidance and also work in partnership with their school and their teachers. Read our 6 tips below on how you should be involved.
Early parent-teacher interviews are crucial
Meeting with their teachers in the first half of the year will help you to get an understanding of where your teen is at and what areas they need to improve. If your school doesn’t offer a formal parent-teacher interview during this time then request one. Sitting down with each teacher, one-on-one, is the best way to find out how your teen is progressing in each subject.
Check their progress online
Most schools have an online portal for parents to check on the progress of their teen. Log into this regularly to see if they are meeting the requirements to pass. There can be a time lag of up to two months between the time a student sits an assessment and when the results are submitted to NZQA and becomes available on the portal or the NZQA website. This time allows schools to moderate student results before submitting to NZQA. This delay is another good reason why it is so important to attend parent teacher interviews in the first term.
Start asking questions
All schools have staff members who are responsible for the academic outcome of students. They are usually a dean or head of curriculum. You should be proactive about approaching staff members for more information about your teen’s progress. If you have concerns throughout the year, send them an email. Learning is a partnership between the student, parent and school so get involved and start asking questions.
Understand the criteria and NCEA
The NCEA grading system is completely different to the old School Certificate system. Familiarise yourself with the NCEA system and the criteria needed to meet Level 1, Level 2, Level 3 and University Entrance. The better understanding you have the more helpful you can be to your teen.
Help them with their career homework
Choosing a career pathway can be a daunting decision for teens but as a parent, this is one area you may be able to provide support. After getting initial direction from the school’s careers advisor, sit down with your teen and review the list of possible career choices. Identify colleagues, acquaintances or local business people who work in the sector of their interest, make contact with them to arrange a meeting and work-site visit. Making connections with prospective employers and understanding what education is required to fill roles in their organisation, provides an invaluable knowledge base for your teen.
Praise effort Praise your teen for the effort they put into their school work and achieving their personal bests in the classroom. If Achieved grades are the norm and they start receiving Merit grades, celebrate their success. Their effort should be rewarded.