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Quality of the educational program

The Education Act 1990 requires that NESA assess the quality of the educational program in deciding whether the requirements of Record of School Achievement and/or Higher School Certificate courses of study are being complied with.

The main matters that NESA will have regard to when assessing the quality of the educational program are:

  • the record (if any) of achievement of students
  • the standard of teaching of courses at the school,
  • student engagement in learning, and
  • the facilities provided at the school for the courses.

Records of student achievement

Registered and accredited non-government schools will have in place processes by which they can record achievement of students.
The indicators of students’ achievement include:
  • results of external examinations such as the Higher School Certificate and NAPLAN
  • qualitative and/or quantitative internal and/or external assessment results that can be used to assess a cohort’s improvement over time
  • samples of student work
  • student engagement in learning:
    • students’ learning progress over time
    • teaching strategies and programs designed and implemented to meet the learning needs of students across a variety of student backgrounds and learning profiles, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students

Evidence of capacity to comply

A proposed non-government school must provide evidence of a documented process for maintaining records to demonstrate student achievement.

Standard of teaching

Registered and accredited non-government schools will have in place processes by which they can demonstrate the standard of teaching of courses at the school.

Registered and accredited secondary schools may provide courses of study themselves or by accessing outside tutors and/or external providers. Where a registered and accredited school accesses an outside tutor and/or external provider for a Record of School Achievement and/or Higher School Certificate course, the school should refer to the ACE website and NESA Official Notices which outline the requirements that the school must meet for the purpose of each of the credentials.

The standard of teaching of courses provided by the school can be demonstrated by:

  • the consistency between
    • syllabus/course outcomes
    • scope and sequence of teaching program
    • teaching and learning activities
    • assessment records and schedules, and
    • samples of student work
  • student evaluation and teacher reflection/evaluation of teaching and learning activities
  • progressive achievement of students over time
  • the school’s analysis of student achievement data to inform teaching and learning
  • a documented process for maintaining records to demonstrate student engagement in learning
  • the range of educational facilities, including ICTs, it will have in place for each of the courses it intends to offer taking into account potential student numbers, the range of student learning needs, whether the facilities will be on-site or off-site and the frequency of access to off-site facilities.

Evidence of capacity to comply

A proposed non-government school must provide evidence of:

  • a documented process for maintaining records to demonstrate student achievement
  • a documented process for maintaining records to demonstrate the standard of teaching of courses at the school such as evidence of:
    • the consistency between syllabus/course outcomes, the scope and sequence of the teaching program, teaching and learning activities, assessment records and schedules, samples of student work and teacher reflection/evaluation of teaching and learning activities
    • progressive achievement of students over time
    • the school’s analysis of student achievement data to inform teaching and learning
  • a documented process for maintaining records to demonstrate student engagement in learning
Registered and accredited non-government schools will have in place processes by which they can demonstrate that the facilities provided at the school are adequate for the courses taught at the school.

Registered and accredited non-government schools need to provide assurance that the educational facilities are adequate to meet all mandatory requirements for the courses of study throughout their registration and accreditation period.

Evidence of capacity to comply

A proposed non-government school will describe the range of educational facilities it will have in place for each of the courses it intends to offer, taking into account potential student numbers, whether the facilities will be on-site or off-site and the frequency of access to off-site facilities.

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