23rd March Newsletter-Recent News-Tauranga Boys College

Academic Coaching Programme

Academic Coaching Programme

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An initiative operating in the College is our Academic Coaching Programme.  This programme targets Years 11 and 12 boys with the goal of raising their level of achievement in NCEA at Levels 1 and 2.

The programme occurs during Form Time with the Form or Deputy Form Teacher having a one-on-one interview with boys. An Educational Plan is developed focusing on subject strengths and weaknesses, career aspirations, NCEA requirements, academic goals and steps needed to achieve these goals and any barriers to achievement identified.  This programme is viewed as valuable and motivating by the boys and teachers, with students survey responses supporting its value. 

Most form classes now have two teachers allocated to them to enable this process to occur. This includes all teachers at the College including members of the Senior Leadership Team. As part of this programme all Year 11 boys have undertaken the Career Quest profile developed by Careers NZ, so I would encourage you to discuss the results with your son.

Following on from the Form Teacher Interviews with the boys we are holding meetings with parents and their sons and Form Teacher.
On Wednesday 29th April from 4.00pm to 6.00pm all parents of Year 11 boys are invited to attend an interview with your son’s Form Teacher and Deputy Form Teacher.
The Year 12 Parents/Form Teacher interviews will be held on Wednesday 6th May also from 4.00pm to 6.00pm.
Parents will be able to book interviews on line from 4th April - to book a time go to website www.schoolinterviews.co.nz

  • Year 11 parents use code SEG4L
  • Year 12 parents use code UMAF6 

Note:  Your son is expected to attend the interview with you to maximize the value of the discussion.

The focus of the meeting will be a discussion about the requirements to achieve NCEA, your son’s academic goals in NCEA and his education plan for 2015.  Please ensure you mark this date in your diary as it is important you attend.
An additional focus of the Year 12 interviews will be on gaining an understanding of Vocational Pathways and how these may increase the engagement of your son and the career opportunities related to his course of study.

Following up from these interviews the boys will receive regular updates on their progress during the year.  They will know how many internal credits they have gained and what they are required to achieve through Internal Achievement Standards and External Achievement Standards.  The boys have indicated this update was of significant help last year in motivating them to do the work required to achieve their goals.

These regular updates also enable us to identify individuals at risk of not achieving NCEA and put a programme of additional intervention in place. Those boys identified in this category may not be granted study leave as has previously occurred during the College’s internal examination periods or the end-of-year NCEA exams. They will remain at school studying to assist them to gain the Credits needed to gain the qualification they are seeking.