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).