Minimising COVID-19 impacts to HSC students

The NSW Education Standards Authority today announced changes to the HSC timetable to reduce any COVID-19 lockdown impacts on students and schools.

The NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) COVID-19 Response Committee has today announced a number of changes to the 2021 HSC timetable to minimise the impacts of COVID-19 on HSC students and schools.

NESA will make the following changes to upcoming HSC exams:

  • Reschedule the Oral language exams to run from 14 August to 18 September for students in Greater Sydney and regional NSW.
  • Reschedule the Dance performance exams to run from:
    • 9 to 13 August in schools in regional NSW
    • 13 to 17 September in schools in Greater Sydney.
  • Extend the due date for the Society and Culture Personal Interest Project by two weeks to 9 August.

More information, including the proposed timetable for the rescheduled oral and dance exams will be provided as soon as possible.

Committee chair Professor Peter Shergold said these decisions reflected the latest health advice and were part of ongoing decisions providing certainty to students.

“We know students, particularly those in Greater Sydney, need as much support as possible as they prepare to hand in their major projects and sit exams," Professor Shergold said.

“Our priority is to limit disruption to HSC students and provide as much clarity as possible to them and their schools.

“This involves working with Health to identify where and when we should make changes to the HSC that allow it to continue with limited disruption.

“This is why we are taking a step-by-step approach, not rushing any decisions and making sure no changes are unnecessary, while also protecting the safety of students and the integrity and equity of this year’s HSC.”

Strict COVID safety measures will be in place for all HSC exams and students will be required to follow the public health orders at the time of the exam.

To prevent the mixing of students from different schools, NESA will re-program the session dates, times and venues of the oral language exams in Greater Sydney.

To avoid unnecessary travel, oral language exams for students in regional NSW will be held online wherever possible.

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