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Curriculum for Years 7-10 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 the curriculum guidelines.

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

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
  • the scope and sequence of learning/units of work in relation to the outcomes of NESA syllabuses for each KLA for each Year
  • an assessment plan indicating how students’ performance in each KLA is assessed, monitored and recorded
  • an overview of the process for reporting student achievement.

A school must also maintain, until the end of each calendar year, teaching programs for each unit of work for each Year/class that correspond to those identified in the scope and sequence of learning/units of work.

Schools must be able to demonstrate evidence of alignment between NESA syllabuses and the school's curriculum documentation including scope and sequences, teaching programs and assessment plans used by the school. In some circumstances, upon request or as part of an inspection visit, a school may need to provide student work that demonstrates alignment to the teaching programs.

A school must have resources and equipment available for providing the required KLAs/courses.

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