NSW school curriculum overhaul

Published: 24 Jun 2020

The NSW school curriculum will be overhauled to improve standards, marking the biggest change to the education system in over 30 years.

The changes will start in 2021, with all school years learning the new curriculum by 2024.  

The NSW Government’s new school curriculum changes will:

  • declutter the curriculum by reducing unnecessary subjects 
  • focus on core literacy and numeracy subjects
  • modernise pathways and opportunities for Year 11 and Year 12 for universities and TAFE courses.

Work to deliver the new curriculum is already underway.

A review undertaken by Professor Geoff Masters supports the changes by the NSW Government. 

The changes will ensure teachers have the time and support to teach fundamental subjects in English, maths and science.  

Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the overhaul will raise standards and equip students for the jobs of the future.

“The NSW Government will be taking a back to basics approach to the curriculum. Literacy and numeracy will remain the focus throughout a student’s school experience,” Ms Berejiklian said.

“We are investing record amounts into education and the results need to match this. We need to make a change if we want NSW to improve by global standards.”

Learn more about the NSW curriculum review

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