The texts used in classrooms

Texts are used to support teaching and learning across a range of subjects from Kindergarten to Year 12.

When communicating with parents and carers about texts, the templates in the text selection notification may be used. These templates can be adapted to suit school context.

The selection of texts used in schools should be considered in line with the expectations of, and relevance to, the curriculum and the Controversial Issues in Schools Policy. The Controversial Issues in Schools – Procedures, includes a sample template that teachers can use for permissions where controversial issues may be addressed.

Texts in English

Texts are used across the curriculum from K-12. In English, the study of texts is essential in all stages and there are specific text requirements. In the English K-10 Syllabus (NESA 2022), there are specific text requirements for English K-2, English 3-6 and English 7-10. In Stage 6, each English course has its own text requirements. It is essential that teachers know and plan for the text requirements.

In Year 12 of Stage 6 English, there are English Stage 6 Prescriptions for the Year 12 modules. There are prescribed texts aligned to modules. These requirements are specific for each Stage 6 English course and are published as a PDF on NSW Education Standards Authority's [NESA] website.

Text requirements should be carefully planned and backward mapped to ensure all requirements are met across the stage of learning.


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