Vocational Pathways

PCSchool has now added support for Vocational Pathways.

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These pathways include:

  • Construction and Infastructure
  • Manufacturing and technology
  • Primary industries
  • The service industries
  • Social and community services

In New Zealand the NZQA release predefined pathways for the standards on offer. This file can be uploaded to automatically populate PCSchool. The most recent copy of the NZQA upload file is available here. The file you require from this download is Pathway.csv

Download this file and add the pathways for standards to PCSchool as below.

Uploading Pathway.zip  file downlaoded from PCSchool Website

Uploading Pathway.zip file downlaoded from PCSchool Website


Pathways can also be added manually to Areas of Assessment other than “Standards”


Manually adding pathways to Areas of Assessment

Manually adding pathways to Areas of Assessment



Spider – Calendar & Assessment Integration

Available in Spider version 2014.03.04 and above.

PCSchool has enhanced the integration between the Spider Calendar and Assessment Criteria information when adding assessment task due dates to the calendar.

Previously when publishing assessment due dates to the Calendar, via the Subject and Assessment Criteria control in Spider, it only allowed the date, item description and an attachment. Now the ‘Criteria’ information for that task will also be displayed in the Calendar.

Assessment CriteriaIn addition, any attachments to assessment items in the Calendar will now open in a new window.


DreamCatcher CSV Export (NZ Schools Only)

Available in Curric Version 2012.2.0.801 or above.

PCSchool has enabled the ability to create a file in a CSV format for uploading to DreamCatcher  –   Download PDF for instructions.

DreamCatcher assists New Zealand’s youth by giving them the tools to help them make informed decisions for their future. It allows students and parents to share in career planning.DreamCatcher



Spider – Subject Assessment Due Dates Propagated to Calendar from ‘Subject & Assessment Criteria’ control

Available in Spider version 2013.10 and above (Post Conference release available end October).

PCSchool has made further enhancements to the Subject and Assessment Criteria control, now linking it to the Calendar. Due dates for assessment items can be entered in via the Subject and Assessment Criteria control with the ability to also add attachments (either files or hyperlinks).Add Assessment Date and Attachment

These dates are then propagated to the Calendar within Spider and visible to to students, caregivers and teachers that have that subject attached to them in the timetable or for assessment.Propagated to Calendar

Spider – Subject Information available throughout Spider

Available in Spider version 2013.10 and above (Post Conference release available end October).

PCSchool has now enhanced the ability for students, caregivers and teachers to view Subject Information throughout the Spider.

Previously information added to to subjects via the Subject and Assessment Criteria control was only made available to students / caregivers when selecting subjects via the On-Line Student Subject Selection, now this information will show against the subject where-ever it may be displayed within the Spider.Online Subject SelectionResult EntryMy ClassesStudent Information

Spider – Comment Bank Number Search Improved

Available in Spider Version 2012.10.03.XXXX and above.

PCSchool has now made it even easier for teachers to enter Student Comments through the Spider – Result Entry control by allowing teachers to search the Comment Bank based on the Comment Number.

Result Entry Sensitive to Exclude from Reports option

Available in Spider Version 2012.04.30.xxx and above.

PCSchool has now made the Spider Result Entry control sensitive to the ‘Tag to Exclude from Reports’ option for the subject.

Subjects can be set as ‘Tag to Exclude from Reports’ in the System Functions – Curriculum Control Files – Subject Codes – Subjects tab:

There is then an option in the System Functions – System File Maintenance – Assessment Defaults tab to ‘don’t show Subject Excluded from Reports in Result Entry’:

Subjects set to ‘Tag to Exclude from Reports’ will now not appear in the Result Entry view in Spider or the Back Office:


PAT Result Entry xml’s in Spider (NZ Schools)

Available in Spider Version 2012.03.07.XX and above.

The PAT tests are standard tests for Numeracy, Literacy, Speaking etc used by New Zealand Schools. Once the tests have been sat by students the school receives back the Raw Score or Grade for each student that then needs to be entered into a PAT Result xml that will calculate the Percentile and Stanine based on the PAT result table attached to the area of assessment. For more detail on PAT visit the PCSchool Website.

PCSchool has now added the ability in the Spider for Teachers to forcefully recalculate the Percentile and Stanine should the wrong result table have been attached when originally generated.

If in Result Entry the teacher selects an xml format with ‘PAT’ in the name, two additional options will be displayed in the view as shown below:

Recalculate On Save – means do you want to forcefully recalculate the data base on the result table attached to the subject/area of assessment.

PAT Submission Date – is the date of the PAT tests. Based on the date entered here, the students age is calculated.

Once you Save or Submit the data the new / recalculated scores will be returned and the Submission date displayed in the result entry view:

Note: the Date Submitted beside each student is a datalabel in the xml and can only be generated based on the date entered at the top, Teachers cannot enter or edit this field manually.



Review of all prior assessment results for students in current subject class

PCSchool have released a revamped SQL printout enabling teachers to print, for all members of their current class, all prior results from subjects studied in previous years that have the same Key Area.

Printing student result history for a specific Subject Key Area

Subject Key Areas are identified in the Subject Control File.

Adding a Key Area to Subject

The marks displayed are the Grade Result stored against Areas of Assessment of types A and M.

To download the report visit www.pcschool.net/download/MOERepsSQL.zip  Open the file and extract to \pcschool\reports\sql on the server.

This report will need to be added to the Report Alias Settings as an Assessment Related Report as below:

Adding report to Report Alias Table

Enhanced Ethnicity Reporting for New Zealand Curriculum

21/2/2012 Curric Ver 2011.2.0.489 – Visit the PCSchool Downloads Page for the latest version

PCSchool has extended its reporting of academic achievement against Ethnicity and Gender with the release of a new report for SQL based schools. The report previously reported against Maori/Non Maori. The new printout now includes all ethnicity groupings as drawn from the new summary ethnic group stored in the Student table.

Enhanced Printout by Ethnicity and Gender

To download the report visit our web site

Once downloaded extract the report to \pcschool\reports\sql

Next Add the report to the Report Alias Settings. If you have previously set up AreaResBB.RPT then you may wish to replace it with this report.  (This report includes all students in the Year level and does not break the groups into individual classes)

Adding Report to Report Alias Settings

You are now ready to print the report through Assessment Related Reports

Launching the Report