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Course Assessment Policy

The National Theatre Ballet School Course Assessment Policy

Requirements to Pass a Unit

1. Students must obtain an overall mark of 50% to be deemed Competent in a single unit.
2. Students must obtain 50% in their formal practical assessment in order to pass the unit. Further details on this are provided in the Assessment of Coursework Policy.
3. Students must attempt every written test/essay/assignment in order to pass the core unit. Failure to complete a written test/essay/assignment, where it is an assessable task for that unit, will result in an automatic Not Yet Competent for that unit. Further details on this are provided in the Assessment of Coursework Policy.
4. Students who receive a mark of Not Yet Competent for any unit will be allowed to repeat the unit the following year. If the student receives a mark of Not Yet Competent on the second attempt at the unit, they will not be eligible to receive their Certificate IV/Diploma/Advanced Diploma of Arts (Classical Dance) qualification.

Requirement to Receive Qualification

1. Students must receive a mark of Competent in every core unit to obtain their Certificate IV/Diploma/Advanced Diploma of Arts (Classical Dance) qualification.
2. Student attendance must be at or above 80% for each term. Student attendance is calculated at the conclusion of each term and is based on student entries in the Sign-In/Sign-Out sheet, in addition to the roll taken at the morning warm-up class. Overseas students will be required to Sign-In twice daily.
3. Where a student is eligible for Alternative Assessment due to Medical Condition/Circumstances, this may vary the required attendance levels. Each student’s case will be assessed on its merits and decided upon at the Director’s discretion.

Student Progress Monitoring

1. The school will be responsible for monitoring student progress in attendance and competency.
2. Student attendance is monitored as follows:

a. Sign-in/sign-out sheets are to be completed by students each day (twice daily for Overseas students).
b. Daily morning warm-up class roll will be taken by the Principal teacher.
c. At the conclusion of each term, each student’s attendance is calculated to determine whether attendance is at the percentage required. Students will not be penalised for lack of attendance where they have provided valid reasons for lack of attendance in accordance with the Attendance Policy.
d. Any student whose attendance is below the percentage required will be required to attend a meeting with the Director, at which point they will be notified of consequences of failure to attend sufficient classes.
e. At the meeting with the Director, the student will be informed that their attendance must be at or above the required percentage at the conclusion of the following term, and that by the conclusion of the year, their average attendance must still reach the course requirement to pass.
f. If deemed necessary, the Director will arrange a follow-up meeting with the student to inform them of their progress.
g. If a student is below the required attendance for a successive period of two terms, the student will be required to attend a final meeting with the Director where they will be informed that they have four weeks to remedy their attendance. If the situation has not improved within the designated four week period, the student will be notified by the Director that they have forfeited their right to receive their qualification.

Student competency is monitored as follows:

a. Student progress is monitored by informal staff meetings that occur daily (usually before/after class).
b. Student competency will be discussed at staff meetings on a monthly basis. Principal teachers will have the opportunity to discuss the strengths and weaknesses of each student.
c. Teachers will also be required to make entries into individual student files, located in the staffroom, in accordance with the following policy:

i. Teachers are to record any relevant information regarding a student, with particular reference to the student’s strengths and weaknesses.
ii. Each entry must be clearly dated.
iii. Each entry needs to be signed.
iv. Each entry must make reference to the specific unit that the entry refers to.
v. Each entry must distinguish whether action needs to be taken or not. Where action needs to be taken, further communication with the Director is required. Where action has been taken, there needs to be a follow-up entry as to the outcome of the action.
vi. Entries need to be made when teachers deem it necessary.
vii. The student files will be periodically reviewed by the Director so as to be aware of any student who is not performing at a level to attain the required unit competencies.

d. An intervention strategy will be applied for students who have been identified as not performing at a level to attain the required unit competencies. The intervention strategy is as follows:

i. Any student who is deemed to be falling below the required level of competency will be required to attend a meeting with the Director, at which point they will be notified of their situation.
ii. At the meeting with the Director, the student will be informed of the areas in which they need to improve in order to reach the required level of competency and the consequences if their skills do not improve by the end of the year.
iii. The Director will implement any necessary supplementary training in order to help the student achieve the standard required.
iv. If deemed necessary, the Director will arrange a follow-up meeting with the student to inform them of their progress.

e. Students will also have end of year interviews with the Director to inform them of their progress throughout the year. Students will also receive personal training programs during this time.
f. Students will also be able to gauge their progress from the individual corrections they receive in class/rehearsals, teacher feedback during class/rehearsals and teacher feedback after performances.

Student Results

1. Students will receive a Mid Year written report from the Director and specified teachers.
2. Mid Year reports will be sent to the home address supplied in the student’s application form.
3. Students will receive an End of Year Report which will address competencies in each unit. Students’ end of year formal assessment marks will be included.
4. End of Year Reports and results will be sent to the home address supplied in the student’s application form.
5. Students will receive a written report from the Director and all Principal teachers covering all units except those that were completed in Term One and Two.
6. Qualification Certificates will be presented at the end of year Ceremony.