Division profiles

The NSW Department of Education serves the community by leading the provision of world-class education. The department protects young children by regulating preschool and long day care providers. Once children move into school, we provide them with a world-class primary and secondary education. We also work to advance the wellbeing of Aboriginal people.

Education and Skills Reform

The Education and Skills Reform (ESR) group drives innovation, reform and policy development based on strategic analysis and evaluation, aligned with external relations for the whole Education system.

ESR delivers critical policy, programs and reform to improve outcomes in K-12 schooling and tertiary education. This includes responsibility for policy, evidence and research about effective practice, design, delivering and monitoring of programs in line with that evidence base, and collaboration and partnership with other agencies, governments and organisations.

We hold responsibility for securing national and state funding for education and skills, distribute funding to non-government schools, deliver education pathways support and improvement, lead data and evidence for the Department, and manage government funded vocational education for NSW. We have a strong focus on equity, including for regional, rural, and remote learners in NSW.

Public Schools

The Public Schools division leads and directs the operations of more than 2,200 NSW public schools. The division aims to maximise the academic achievements of all students and create a culture of success, learning and a desire to achieve, underpinned by innovative, adaptive and supportive strategies to enhance quality teaching and educational leadership at the school level.

The division is responsible for managing policies, strategies and operations that support principals, teachers, school staff and students in:

  • preschools
  • infants, primary, secondary, central and community schools
  • specialist and comprehensive schools
  • schools for specific purposes
  • intensive English and environmental education centres.

Teaching, Learning and Student Wellbeing

Teaching, Learning and Student Wellbeing works collaboratively across the department and non-government sectors to support schools to improve outcomes for every student. The group is responsible for ensuring the youngest children get the best start in life by supporting and regulating the early childhood education and care sector. It is also responsible for the development and delivery of evidence-based programs to improve educational standards and the quality of teaching and learning in all NSW public schools. It does this by:

  • monitoring, supporting and regulating the early childhood education and care sector in NSW and ensuring continuous improvement in quality
  • maximising access, inclusion and wellbeing of all students through the oversight of relevant policies and by commissioning programs or strategic partnerships with other agencies and service providers
  • leading curriculum reform for the department, in collaboration with NSW Education Standards Authority
  • supporting teachers to achieve high professional standards in the delivery of curriculum, assessment and reporting
  • developing evidence-based programs, professional learning and instructional resources in partnership with schools, teachers and leaders.

Early Childhood Outcomes

The Early Childhood Outcomes division is responsible for ensuring all children make a strong start in life and learning, and make a successful transition to school. The division will transform early childhood education and care, child development and contribute to women’s economic participation in NSW through improved access, affordability and quality of care and services.

It includes strategic investments to:

  • attract, retain and develop early childhood education and care teachers and educators
  • work across government to expand proven child development programs
  • provide fee relief for families of preschool-aged children so all children can participate in 600 hours of quality education in the year before school, while increasing quality and availability of preschool in NSW
  • support quality practice to enhance outcomes for children in NSW, particularly for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, children from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, children with disability, and children living in regional and remote areas
  • fund the early learning sector to innovate, grow and address gaps in services
  • design, develop and introduce a year of no-cost, quality early learning for every child in NSW in the year before school by 2030.

People Group

The People Group is responsible for ensuring educational outcomes through support and development of staff. This work includes:

  • driving human resources and workforce strategy, including developing better technology for our human resources functions
  • strengthening school leadership and boosting the supply of high-quality teachers
  • leading work across work health and safety
  • driving accountability through professional and ethical standards
  • ensuring that the department is a high-performing organisation and a great place to work.

Operations Group

The Operations Group is responsible for providing high-quality services and support to the Education system. This includes:

  • ensuring that the cluster makes the best use of our resources to improve education outcomes for children and young people
  • making sure that schools and the department have the right technology to support the delivery of education and simplifying administrative processes
  • providing information, support and advice to schools and corporate staff through EDConnect, the shared service centre, and promoting consistent and effective operational practices
  • supporting, promoting and enabling good governance, risk management frameworks, controls assurance, and fraud and corruption services
  • delivering simple, strategic and customer-centred legal advice and representation to schools and the department, which enables the department to focus on improved educational outcomes.

School Infrastructure NSW

School Infrastructure NSW delivers educational infrastructure that:

  • meets the needs of a growing population
  • supports improved student outcomes
  • helps to ensure our schools are safe and inclusive environments for learning and development.

Office of the Secretary

The office supports the work of the Secretary as well as the department’s relationships with key stakeholders outside of the department, to help meet strategic objectives across the Education cluster. This includes:

  • providing secretariat support for Executive
  • supporting ministerial offices and responding to Cabinet and other government business
  • leading work across communications
  • responding to media enquiries and correspondence, helping to share outcomes from across the Education portfolio.

Business Unit:

  • Secretary
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