The NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) has released eight mandatory Kindergarten to Year 10 syllabuses for feedback including:
- Kindergarten to Year 6: PDHPE, Creative Arts, Human Society and its Environment and Science and Technology
- Years 7 to 10: PDHPE, Geography, History and Visual Arts
NESA CEO Paul Martin said consultation is integral to the NSW Curriculum Reform program and will ensure syllabuses reflect the views of teachers and the community.
“Alongside our colleagues in schools, NSW is delivering a world-class curriculum that will better support teachers planning lessons and improving student outcomes.
“We are being led by the latest evidence and research with all new syllabuses - and importantly drafts are developed by highly experienced classroom educators and academics.
“That means new syllabuses support teachers because they more clearly outline the essential knowledge, understanding and skills students need to learn deeply.
“The benefit of that approach is that teachers will know what to teach and when - and students will understand what they need to know and do,” Mr Martin said.
NESA will conduct two rounds of consultation on the drafts and release final syllabuses in 2024, to be implemented from 2027.
All drafts complement the English and Mathematics syllabuses already in schools.
NESA has also released:
The new timeline, announced by the NSW Government earlier this year, gives teachers clarity about syllabus consultation and release.
Importantly, teachers and schools will now have two years to get to know K to 10 syllabuses before implementing them.
“Teachers will notice a cadenced approach to consultation and implementation, so that they know when they will need to focus on reforms and when they can take a step back,” Mr Martin said.
Consultation will run for six weeks until Monday 11 September.