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Curriculum for Years 7 to 10 registration only

Registered non-government secondary schools that are delivering courses for Years 7 to 10 but are not accredited will have:

  • an educational program based on, and taught in accordance with, the outcomes of NESA syllabuses for Years 7 to 10
  • courses of study for each child in at least six of the eight key learning areas (KLAs) of secondary education:
    • English
    • Mathematics
    • Science
    • Human Society and Its Environment
    • Languages
    • Technological and Applied Studies
    • Creative Arts
    • Personal Development, Health and Physical Education
  • courses of study for each child during each Year in:
    • English
    • Mathematics
    • Science
    • Human Society and Its Environment
  • courses of study that are appropriate for the children concerned having regard to their level of achievement and needs
  • courses of study in accordance with any relevant guidelines developed by NESA and approved by the Minister.

The syllabuses on which the education program of a registered school must be based in order to meet the above requirements are specified and are available on the NESA website <http://www.educationstandards.nsw.edu.au/> .

A secondary school that is registered but not accredited to enter candidates for the award of the Record of School Achievement  must notify parents of students in writing each year that students who complete their secondary education at that school will not be eligible for a Record of School Achievement. It must also inform parents of the consequences for potential candidates for that credential of the school not being accredited.

Registered non-government schools seeking accreditation for the Record of School Achievement must meet the additional curriculum requirements for accreditation.

Evidence of compliance

A registered non-government secondary school must maintain documentation for each calendar year of the current registration period that includes:

  • timetables for each Year/class showing the allocation of time and teachers for each KLA
  • an overview of the school’s educational program indicating 
    • the scope and sequence of learning/units of work in relation to the outcomes of NESA syllabuses for each KLA for each Year
    • resources and equipment available for each KLA
    • an assessment plan indicating how students’ performance in each KLA is assessed, monitored and recorded
  • an overview of the process for reporting student achievement
  • evidence relating to the quality standard of teaching and student learning that includes:
    • consistency between the various elements of the school’s curriculum including NESA syllabus outcomes, scope and sequence, teaching programs and samples of student work
    • records of teacher reflection/evaluation of the effectiveness of teaching and learning activities
    • records of the progressive achievement of students over time
    • records of the school’s analysis of student achievement data to inform teaching and learning
    • records of strategies for teaching any Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students
  • evidence relating to student engagement in learning, that includes records of:
    • students’ learning progress over time
    • teaching strategies and programs designed and implemented to meet specific learning needs of students across varying student backgrounds and learning profiles, including any Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students
  • evidence that the school, if registered or exempt from registration only, informs parents of students in writing each year that the school is not eligible to enter candidates for the award of the Record of School Achievement and indicates the consequences for potential candidates for that credential of the school not being accredited.

For each calendar year, the school must maintain for each Year/class, until the end of that calendar year:

  • teaching programs for each unit of work that correspond to those identified in the scope and sequence of learning/units of work
  • samples of student work that relate to the teaching program for that year.
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