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.

K-2 English and mathematics

The draft English and mathematics K-2 syllabuses will be published for a final ‘Have your say’ consultation period from 2 to 23 August 2021. This additional period of consultation allows stakeholders to confirm the revisions made after feedback on the draft English and mathematics K-2 outcomes and content.

Changes to Stage 5 electives

Stage 5 elective course offerings are changing from Term 1 2022 following changes to School Developed Board Endorsed Courses (SDBECs) and require schools to start planning now. For further information see Department approved electives for Stage 5.

K-12 curriculum experts – talent pool

Undertake a temporary assignment as a curriculum resource writer or reviewer with the department. Find out more and register your interest on the K-12 curriculum experts – talent pool (staff only) page.

Vocational Education and Training

In 2022, Year 11 students will have the opportunity to study teacher-led, online Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses that will provide in-demand skills for the workplace. These courses will form part of their HSC and contribute to their ATAR.

Information about the courses is available on the department’s Virtual VET courses web page. These courses are aligned to existing Industry Curriculum Frameworks and will help prepare students to pursue career pathways in areas such as cybersecurity and robotics.

The External VET Provision website will accept expressions of interest from 31 May 2021.

About the reform

The NSW Curriculum Reform is a program to deliver a new curriculum for Kindergarten to Year 12 from 2024. The new curriculum is being developed by the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA).

The NSW Department of Education is supporting teachers to implement and teach the new curriculum by providing professional learning and resources.

The reform follows the NSW Curriculum Review, conducted by Professor Geoff Masters for NESA, which found that:

  • 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 mathematics 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:

  • 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.

Teacher expert networks

The NSW Department of Education has been collaborating with NESA to help develop statewide teacher expert networks (TENs). These will ensure that the new curriculum connects with practice and works well in the classroom. The network of 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 TENs webpage for more information.

Resources for teachers

Resources supporting the development of foundational knowledge and skills in the K-2 English and mathematics draft outcomes and content are available through the following links:

More information

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