NSW Curriculum reform

The NSW Government is reforming the curriculum from Kindergarten to Year 12 so every student is prepared and ready for their future.

Teacher expert networks (TENs)

The NSW Department of Education has been collaborating with NESA to help develop state-wide teacher expert networks (TENs). These will ensure that the new curriculum connects with practice and works well in the classroom. The network, featuring more than 200 teachers, will:

  • provide feedback and advice to NESA on the new curriculum
  • share knowledge about the new curriculum in their schools, regions and sectors.

See the NESA's TEN's page for more information.

Have your say

English and mathematics K–2 draft outcomes and content will be released by NESA in the ‘Have your say’ phase from mid-March 2021. Feedback from teachers, parents, and all stakeholders will inform the final drafts of these syllabuses. More information is available on NESA’s NSW Curriculum Reform pages.

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Review findings

The NSW Curriculum Review, conducted by Professor Geoff Masters for the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA), found the current curriculum:

  • contains too much clutter, with not enough time to focus on deep learning
  • some students are not getting the solid foundation in English and maths that they need and deserve
  • not all HSC subjects have clear links to further study and career pathways.

A plan for improvement

The new school curriculum will, by 2022:

  • build strong foundations in literacy and numeracy with new English and mathematics syllabuses for Kindergarten to Year 2
  • give teachers more time to concentrate on deep learning by reducing the hours teachers spend on non-essential learning and compliance requirements
  • better prepare Year 11 and 12 students for future work and study with new learning areas and career pathways.
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