Expert teachers new ingredient in curriculum reform

A statewide team of teachers will help ensure changes to the curriculum meet student needs.

15 February 2021
Two teachers working with a student.
Image: Meeting student needs: A network of teachers will support the curriculum review.

A new network of more than 200 expert teachers has been assembled by the NSW Government to support the curriculum reform now under way.

The selected teachers will ensure the new NSW curriculum delivers on the goals of the reform, which include streamlining course content, building stronger foundations and providing more time for teaching.

Minister for Education Sarah Mitchell said the expert teachers came from across NSW and would use their knowledge to sense check draft syllabuses and associated teaching materials.

“Streamlining and updating the curriculum is more than just removing content – the curriculum needs to be ‘teachable’ in the classroom to enable teachers to meet the needs of their students,” Ms Mitchell said.

“Deploying these teachers is another step by this government in making sure that our schools and teachers are supported to teach core content in-depth, which will help to deliver improved student outcomes.

“The work these expert teachers do over the next four years will directly embed teachers’ perspectives into the curriculum reforms.”

Ms Mitchell said it had been 30 years since NSW had made significant curriculum reforms.

“Our education system is one of the largest in the world. That means change is challenging. But it also means that change is exciting as we improve our education system for an evolving society and economy. Listening to teachers is crucial in getting this right.

Ms Mitchell said that an important message from the review and community feedback was the need to give teachers the flexibility to meet the needs of every student.

“These reforms come with an ambitious timeline for a reason: they are vital. This is our chance to work together on an education system that meets the needs of every child. To shape a curriculum that, no matter where they live or which school they attend, prepares young people for an exciting, ever-changing world,” Ms Mitchell said.

“While we will be retaining a year and stage-based syllabus, by streamlining and decluttering we will give teachers far more flexibility to teach students at various stages.

“The curriculum reforms align with our Regional and Remote Education Strategy, helping regional teachers provide the best education for their students, building a stronger and safer regional NSW.”

Teachers have been drawn from a wide range of schools, including rural, regional and metropolitan schools, across the three sectors.

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