Each year, like every secondary school in the country, we have a number of students who require special assessment conditions for their NCEA assessments, both internal and external.
This means that someone else reads their examination papers or assessment tasks aloud to them and / or writes down the answers which the student dictates.
Reader Writer help is used for internal assessment tasks throughout the year, and in November, for the external examinations. NZQA provide remuneration for November exams whereas during the school year, we are able to provide a petrol voucher to help cover costs of transport to school, but this assistance is otherwise voluntary.
We have had a wonderful team of volunteers who have helped regularly in previous years. Now we have moved, we would like to increase the pool of people available as reader / writers available for whom the new school site is not far.
Training and support will be given, and a police check is compulsory due to government regulations. Interested parents, guardians or other adults need to have legible handwriting and a spelling and punctuation ability. Handwriting needs to be fluent enough to complete the task within the time available.
Being a reader / writer is a rewarding experience and a huge practical help for many students, enabling them to perform at their best in NZQA qualifications. They are very grateful for this help and realise its value to them and their futures.
If you would like to join our pool of helpers, please phone Gail Collier on 375 7035 extension 255 or Angela Cameron on 375 7057 extension 353.
We’d love to talk to you about it!