English

Students learn about the English language through written, spoken and visual texts of increasing complexity as they progress through their schooling.

The study of English is mandatory in NSW from Kindergarten to Year 12. An understanding of the English language is central to how we communicate and essential for intellectual, social and emotional development.

The English K-10 Syllabus is built around the explicit teaching of contextual knowledge, comprehension, thinking and reflecting skills and processes. The teaching of English encourages a love of literature and develops students' knowledge, understanding and skills in listening, reading, viewing, speaking, writing and creating to empower them to become 'confident communicators, critical and imaginative thinkers, lifelong learners and informed, active participants in Australian society.' (English K-10 Syllabus (C) NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) for and on behalf of the Crown in right of the State of New South Wales, 2012).

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Important updates



6 November 2020 Official notice: Requirements for schools selected randomly for inspection in 2021
23 October 2020 Official notice: revised exam specifications for Stage 6 English 2021
7 October 2020 Official notice: Extension of changes to the RoSA and HSC rules and requirements for 2021
21 August 2020 Official notice: Updates to ACE 8004 about HSC Eligibility
14 July 2020 Official notice: Changes to the RoSA & HSC rules and requirements for 2020
14 July 2020 Official notice: New and revised personalised examination materials for 2020 HSC examinations
18 November 2020 Official Notice: Amendments to exam specifications, marking guidelines and performance band descriptions
15 June 2020 Official notice: Using a typist in the Minimum Standard tests
2 March 2020 Official notice: Updated School Registration Manuals
14 February 2020 Official notice: Updates to Assessment Certification and Examination (ACE) 4062 – Minimum standard online tests
13 December 2019 Official notice: Revised Proficient Teacher Accreditation Policy
18 November 2019 Official notice: Amendments to exam specifications, marking guidelines and performance band descriptions
14 October 2019 Official Notice: Updated English K-10 and Mathematics K-10 syllabuses released
9 September 2019 Official Notice: Change to the English Studies Assessment and Reporting requirements
22 July 2019 Official Notice: Update to process for audio files for HSC exams with a listening component
28 March 2019 Official Notice: English Stage 6 Prescriptions 2019-2023 clarification
28 March 2019 Official Notice: 2019 HSC Examination format for English Studies, Standard and Advanced, and EAL/D
12 Feb 2019 NESA Official Notice: Module C - The Craft of Writing FAQ
9 Nov 2018

NESA Official Notice: Requirement to submit student work samples for Year 12 English Studies and Mathematics Standard 1 from 2019

12 Oct 2018

NESA Official Notice: English Stage 6 Prescriptions 2019-2023 Update

3 Sept 2018

NESA Official Notice: New course codes for HSC English Studies and Mathematics Standard 1

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