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titleSchool-assessed coursework

School-assessed coursework (SAC) has to take place in class time. Therefore, students must attend school for their SAC sessions.

The following rules will apply if a student is absent from a SAC session:

  • If they were away and have a medical certificate they will be considered for Special Provision. The student will be given an opportunity to undertake a task at another time to be negotiated between the student, teacher and VCE Coordinator.
  • If they do not have a medical certificate, they will get a zero for that SAC.
  • If a student misses part of a SAC, and has a medical certificate, consideration will be given for the time lost.
  • If a student misses part of a SAC, but does not have a medical certificate, consideration will not be given for time lost, and the work will be marked as presented.
  • If a situation of extreme illness or hardship develops, other forms of Special Provision will may be applied and other arrangements made. 
titleAttendance policy

The PHSC VCE Attendance policy was developed to fulfill VCAA requirements.

For each semester-length unit the following attendance policy applies: 

  1. No more than five undocumented/ unexplained absences will be permitted . However, if a student is ill and medical certificates are provided, up to 12 absences will be acceptedper subject per semester. An unexplained absence in VCE means that no medical certificate has been provided. An explained absence is where a medical certicate is provided. Up to seven absences will be accepted with medical certifcates.
  2. Students who exceed the permitted absence rate of 12twelve, or who have reached six unexplained absences in a particular unit, will immediately be given an ‘unsatisfactory completion'.
  3. In the event of a student exceeding the permissible absence rate, the following procedures will apply:
    1. Firstly there will be an enrolment review. This means that the student may have to withdraw from the unit(s). However, they may be permitted to apply for consideration of disadvantage on grounds of illness or other hardship, or apply for redemption (e.g. making up for missed classes) after receiving ‘Not Satisfactory’. This could result in them obtaining ‘satisfactory completion’.
    2. If students are student is given the opportunity to make up missed classes, they must do so done on a Wednesday or after school. The arrangement must be made with the level coordinator and class teacher and the appropriate Making up missed classes form must be completed. The possibility of make-up classes is not automatic. If a student has not made an effort to improve attendance they might not be given the opportunity to do so. It is possible to gain an ‘N’ (not satisfactory) due to poor attendance.
    3. Teachers need to be able to show that students have met the outcome/s through completion of work in class in order to be verified and authenticated.
  4. If a student’s absences reach six unexplained or 13 or thirteen in total, the subject teacher will arrange an interview with the level coordinator and the student to undertake an enrolment review. Parents/guardians may be contacted at this stage. 

titleRules for Special Provision

A student may be eligible for exam assistance or adjustments to work load if affected to a significant degree by illness or other serious problems, or if he or she is disadvantaged by any physical disability or other impairment such as a learning problem. These arrangements are worked out with the student and their parents, teachers and the coordinators. The principal makes the final decision about all cases of Special Provision.

For further details see the VCAA publication "Special Provision".