What sets us apart from other resource suppliers
BBA Educational Resources was started as a company in 1984 by Rod Dowling, to fill a need in New Zealand secondary schools for practice exam for students in their preparation for external exams at the end of each year. With the advent of a National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA), schools needed to produce their own practice exams in specific, externally-assessed Achievement Standards. As Head of English at a large secondary school, Rod had a particular skill for constructing exams. He felt there was no need for every school to “invent its own wheel” when he already had a “wheel” that worked and could be shared with others.
This proved to be a very popular idea and, as business grew, Rod needed to co-opt some help from other colleagues to keep up with demand. The tasks of writing and critiquing came to be shared by a small team of teachers, with additional help from others with computing and printing skills. More recently, Pam Harvey has come on board with a background in teaching and small business management. She and Rod formed a partnership, until Rod’s untimely death in late 2016, since which time Pam has continued as Manager, coordinating the team of writers for critiquing, technical consulting and printing personnel. Rod’s presence is greatly missed, but it is because of his initial vision, and the foundations he laid for the business, that the team has been able to carry on his work.
Exams are written freshly each year, using a large proportion of New Zealand content, and using current NZQA format and terminology. Each set of exams, covering NCEA Levels 1-4 (Scholarship level), comes with its own Assessment Schedule for teachers to use in their marking. Schools choose which levels they wish to purchase and these are sent out in time for each school’s preliminary exams in Term 3.