Strand A - NESA annual priorities in 2020

This advice for principals outlines the documentation they are expected to provide when their school is selected by NESA for a Strand A random inspection.

Strand A focusses on a policy area and a curriculum area.

Strand A policy area

Policy area: a safe and supportive environment - child protection

Random inspections in Strand A focus on the policies and procedures specific to child protection practices within a school. In particular, it involves ensuring that schools are implementing the departmental policies to meet legislative obligations about child protection.

Schools will provide a safe and supportive environment for all students and ensure:

  • that evidence of Working with Children Check (WWCC) verifications are maintained for all persons in child-related work
  • all staff are informed annually of their reporting obligations in relation to mandatory reporting and reportable conduct.

Departmental policies

Evidence of compliance

NESA's Registration Process for the NSW Government Schooling System Manual (the registration manual) outlines the documentation schools must maintain. At the inspection, schools will be asked to provide the following evidence:

  • records to demonstrate completion of WWCC verifications
  • records to demonstrate all staff have been informed of their reporting obligations in relation to mandatory reporting and reportable conduct
  • the published school/system policy and procedures for stakeholders to raise complaints or allegations in relation to staff misconduct or reportable conduct.

Strand A curriculum areas

The curriculum area, for Primary schools and Secondary schools with Years 7-10, is one stage of mathematics or PDHPE (NESA selected) with a focus on assessment and reporting.

The curriculum area for Secondary schools with Years 11 and 12 is Stage 6 assessment policies.

Primary schools and Secondary schools with Years 7-10

The curriculum area focus for these schools is on assessment and reporting, as demonstrated through one stage from Mathematics or PDHPE (NESA selected).

Schools will be advised at the time of notification which stage(s) and KLA will be inspected.

Evidence of compliance

NESA's Registration Process for the NSW Government Schooling System Manual (the registration manual) outlines the documentation schools must maintain.

Schools will be asked to provide documentation for the specified stage and syllabus including:

  • scope and sequence
  • teaching program
  • an assessment plan indicating how students' performance is assessed, monitored and recorded
  • an overview of the process for reporting student achievement.

Reflection questions

When collating evidence for this principals should consider:

  • Is there a clear connection and alignment between teaching and learning documentation in the materials collected for Mathematics or PDHPE (the selected stage) specifically:
    • the NESA syllabus outcomes
    • scope and sequence
    • teaching and learning programs
    • assessment records and schedules
    • samples of student work.
  • Do student work samples demonstrate:
    • alignment with teaching program
    • assessment
    • adjustment/ differentiation
    • standard of teaching
    • student engagement.
  • Do teaching and learning programs clearly indicate:
    • the unit title, duration and stage/ year that directly links to scope and sequence
    • syllabus outcomes and content
    • teaching, learning and assessment activities
    • differentiated teaching strategies
    • evaluation of effectiveness of teaching and learning activities
    • KLA resource/ equipment checklist (unless described elsewhere).
  • Do the scope and sequences clearly indicate:
    • the year/ stage overview for the current year
    • unit titles
    • duration of each unit
    • NESA syllabus outcomes.

Secondary schools with Years 11 and 12

The curriculum area for Secondary schools with Years 11 and 12 is Stage 6 assessment policies.

NESA's Registration Process for the NSW Government Schooling System Manual (the registration manual) outlines the documentation schools must maintain.

Higher School Certificate requirements, rules and procedures are detailed:

  • on the ACE website (Assessment Certification Examination) and
  • in NESA Official Notices.

Schools must refer to the relevant requirements, rules and procedures to:

  1. ensure the eligibility of students for the Higher School Certificate
  2. understand the details for the award of the Higher School Certificate, including satisfactory completion of a course and appeals.

Evidence of compliance

Schools will be asked to show evidence of the procedures that comply with the requirements documented on the ACE website and in NESA official notices, specifically:

  • organisational details of the school's assessment program for each course, giving the number and types of assessment tasks, components and weightings, and scheduling of the tasks
  • administrative arrangements associated with absence from an assessment task, late submissions due to illness or misadventure, malpractice, and invalid or unreliable tasks
  • student appeals against assessment rankings
  • 'N' determinations
  • providing students with written advice about the school's requirements for assessment in each course.

Reflection questions

When collecting evidence for this, principals should consider:

  • Is the assessment information for each Stage 6 course clearly communicated to students, staff and parents
  • Is the assessment schedule for each Stage 6 course based on the ACE manual, and the relevant syllabus assessment and reporting requirements, including:
    • the number of assessments
    • types of assessments
    • components and weightings
    • scheduling.
  • Are the school's Higher School Certificate administrative arrangements clearly communicated to staff, students and parents?
  • Is there evidence that the relevant procedures are implemented for:
    • absence from an assessment task
    • late submissions due to illness or misadventure
    • malpractice
    • invalid or unreliable tasks
    • student appeals against assessment rankings
    • 'N' determinations
    • providing students with written advice about the school's
    • requirements for assessment in each course.


Learn more

Contact

You can email registration@det.nsw.edu.au or contact the Leadership and High Performance Directorate on 02 7814 3853 for assistance or advice.

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