The awarding of external credentials such as the Record of School Achievement (RoSA) and the Higher School Certificate (HSC) is a worthy goal for students from Years 10 through 12. These credentials can be used as a means of accessing post-school training and other career opportunities. It is for these reasons, and to maintain the integrity of the system, that the Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards (BOSTES) has put in place for all schools - state and private - strict guidelines regarding students' satisfactory completion of courses. If a student is not meeting the requirements they are given what is termed a Non Award Warning (or N Award). A copy is also posted home, which outlines, 1. any issues of concern or outstanding work, and, 2. a date by which students can redeem the outcomes of the missed work.
The community's confidence in valuable school-based credentials (RoSA and HSC) can only be maintained if high standards are consistently and equally applied to all students, regardless of their school. The N Award Warning system is therefore explained to students in detail. We are also aware that parents may appreciate some clarifying points in relation to this system: