Quality Assurance

To ensure that work handed in at Hobsonville Point Secondary School receives the same grade as schools around the rest of the country, a system of moderation is established. This means that national assessment panels check a sample of the student work marked in every subject at HPSS. This process ensures that the standards awarded in our school and the school down the road are fair and of equal value.

Special Assessment Conditions

Formal special assessment conditions are awarded by NZQA. The SENCO (Vanna Blucher) identifies students who require special assessment conditions and applies to NZQA.  They will inform teachers about students' needs. If parents are concerned about their child's assessment conditions they should see Learning Support as early as possible in the year. Students will be provided with valid and fair assessment conditions consistent with the assistance they would normally have as part of their learning environment and in condition with NZQA approvals.


All work submitted for achievement or unit standards must be your own. It is your responsibility to:

  • Keep all drafts and working documents, and hand them into your teacher if required
  • Keep a record of all resources that you use including hand-written plans and websites.
  • Acknowledge the source of all material in your assignment, citing whether it is from texts, electronic materials or people.
  • Ensure your data is accurate
  • Be prepared to discuss your work further with your teacher if required
  • Sign the assignment cover sheet verifying that this is your work

Breaches of the Rules

  • Copy another student's work
  • Copy material from written or electronic sources without acknowledging the source (plagiarism).
  • Inappropriately helping another student with any part of their work
  • Allow someone else to copy your work
  • Allow someone else to do your work
  • Use forbidden technology in a test or exam (eg non-designated printer, non-standard calculator, cell phone)
  • Distract other students in any way during a test or exam

This is the process that is followed when the authenticity of work or breaches of the rules is an issue.

  • If there is a question about authenticity, your classroom teacher and Learning Area Leader will review the work and reach a preliminary decision.
  • During this process, you may be asked to offer further proof of authenticity (drafts etc). Students suspected of having offered inappropriate help to their peers may also be interviewed.
  • Once a preliminary decision has been reached the Learning Area Leader will refer the matter to the Principal's Nominee (Heemi McDonald). 
  • The Principal's Nominee may seek further clarification from teachers, students or Learning Area Leaders.
  • If the Principal's Nominee judges that cheating has occurred, you will gain a not achieved grade for that standard. Your parents/caregivers will be notified. 
  • If the outcome is challenged at this point the final judgement is to be made by the school Principal.
  • Further penalties may be imposed by Senior Leadership. The seriousness of the penalty will be dependent on the seriousness of the cheating

This page has been adapted from the ASHS NZQA Handbook