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Thursday, 21 Jul 2016

New NSW Syllabuses for Years 11 and 12

On Tuesday 19 July, the Minister announced the Stronger HSC Standards reforms, the first update to the HSC in 17 years. The implementation of these reforms will create an HSC that motivates and challenges students to do their best. The reforms also include a minimum literacy and numeracy standard, as well as better, fairer assessment to reduce excessive student stress.

On Thursday 21 July, 17 draft syllabuses for English, Mathematics, Science and History for Years 11 and 12 were released for consultation.

BOSTES recognises the need for students to have opportunities for a richer engagement in the subjects they choose for their senior years of school. The new syllabuses will provide opportunities for students to engage in deeper learning in each course.

The draft syllabuses, links to online surveys and a registration portal for consultation meetings are available on the BOSTES website.

Please circulate this email to your English, Mathematics, Science and History teachers, so that they can provide their feedback. Consultation will run until Wednesday 31 August 2016.

The success of BOSTES curriculum development is due in large part to the contributions made by you in consultation. Your feedback is highly valuable to us, and I hope that you take this opportunity to have your say.

Thank you for your support of this important work.


Tom Alegounarias
Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards NSW