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New Syllabuses for NSW HSC

Wednesday, February 22, 2017
New syllabuses for stage 6 (Years 11 & 12) have been released for English, Mathematics, Science and History, including five Life Skills courses. 

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John Hattie: What needed for Excellence in Australian Schools

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Professor John Hattie has urged educators and policy-makers to avoid repeating the mistakes of the past and instead to learn from local success stories, not try to replicate international strategies.

Writing on The Conversation, the professor from Melbourne University’s Graduate School of Education said Australia’s relative slide down international rankings in maths, science and literacy is not only raising eyebrows in this country.

“We can be guaranteed that the world is watching our decline, and that the pride we have in being an ‘educated’, ‘innovative’ or ‘clever’ country is based on wishes and hopes – not on evidence,” Professor Hattie wrote.

“There are many excellent parts of the Australian school system, but standing still and resting on these laurels may come to haunt us.”

Professor Hattie said some things are working and some things are not working in Australia’s education system. There should be a “reboot” to enhance the positives and change what needs changing.


HSC Minimum Standards - FAQ's

Tuesday, February 14, 2017
As part of the Stronger HSC Standards reforms announced last year, from 2020 students in NSW must reach a minimum standard of literacy and numeracy to receive a HSC. 

Frequently asked questions about the minimum literacy and numeracy standard for the HSC are now available on the NESA website.

The FAQs contain information on:

  • the requirements of the minimum standard
  • how students can demonstrate they meet the standard
  • school credentials
  • exemptions from the requirement
  • support for students and schools
  • online literacy and numeracy tests.

Students will have multiple opportunities to demonstrate the standard between Year 9 and when they complete their HSC.

NESA will continue to update parents, students, teachers and the broader community on progress of the HSC reforms and implementation of the minimum standard. Click HERE

Tuesday 7 February: Internet Safety Day

Sunday, February 05, 2017

Safer Internet Day 2017

Be the change: Unite for a better internet

Join the global celebration & unite for a better internet this Safer Internet Day! 

Click here for resources and activities from the Office of the eSafety Commissioner #SID2017