HSC special consideration extended for affected students

Fairvale High School.
Fairvale High School.

Special consideration for HSC students has been extended for those most impacted by the learning from home period.

Of the 512,000 students returning to school today in NSW, more than 180,000 are from former LGAs of concern (including Campbelltown) with many sitting their HSC exams this year.

Premier Dominic Perrottet and Education and Early Childhood Learning Minister Sarah Mitchell on Monday to announced a number of new changes to help students return to normal life and support their studies.

From Monday, November 1, school sport can resume on site, schools can utilise external sport facilities in line with community sport guidelines and schools can engage in inter-school sport outside of school hours.

Schools are also now able to make applications on behalf of HSC students who have experienced severe disruption during the learning from home period through the NSW Education Standards Authority's (NESA) new COVID-19 Special Consideration Program for HSC written exams.

The program, which is open to students whose learning was significantly compromised for six weeks or more due to COVID-19 restrictions, is designed for those hardest hit by the pandemic, enabling NESA to take into consideration the unique circumstances while still maintaining a fair and equitable HSC.

Premier Perrottet said he was thrilled students were finally all back in the classroom.

"The majority of students returning today have not been in the classroom since the end of Term 2 and it is fantastic they are back where the best learning happens," he said.

"Now that we've achieved our goal of returning students to the classroom as quickly and safely as possible, our focus is on helping students settle back in and catch up on their education.

"It's important life gets back to normal as quickly as possible for students, and school sport resuming is a big step towards this goal."

Meanwhile the state government's new learn to swim voucher program will be expanded from preschool-aged children to include kindergarten kids who missed out on lessons due to COVID restrictions.

Under the 'First Lap' program, eligible children can access a $100 voucher for swimming lessons with an approved provider, with businesses able to register for it from next month.