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NSW overhauls school curriculum, launches HSC online hub

The New South Wales school curriculum will be overhauled to improve standards, marking the biggest change to the education system in more than 30 years.

The changes will start in 2021, with all school years learning the new curriculum by 2024.

The NSW Government says its new school curriculum changes will:

  • declutter the curriculum by reducing unnecessary subjects,
  • focus on core literacy and numeracy subjects and
  • modernise pathways and opportunities for Year 11 and Year 12 for universities and TAFE courses.

Work to deliver the new curriculum is already underway.

A review undertaken by Professor Geoff Masters supports the changes by the NSW Government. The changes will ensure teachers have the time and support to teach fundamental subjects in English, maths and science.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the overhaul will raise standards and equip students for the jobs of the future.

“The NSW Government will be taking a back to basics approach to the curriculum. Literacy and numeracy will remain the focus throughout a student’s school experience,” Ms Berejiklian said.

“We are investing record amounts into education and the results need to match this. We need to make a change if we want NSW to improve by global standards.”

Learn more about the NSW curriculum review.

Meanwhile, the government has announced a new online HSC Hub to provide students with access to online lessons, practice exams, support material and demonstrations.

The HSC Hub will have a range of curriculum and support materials available online for students. This will include new material from NSW Education as well as existing resources.

The HSC Hub will also provide centralised support for students, providing them with a quick and easy point of reference for HSC related questions.

HSC students will be able to access the online platform from Week 10 of Term 2, just before the start of the NSW school holidays.

During the school holidays, a range of high-quality, on-demand support modules will be made available to students.

NSW Education will ensure that all HSC students have access to the hub, so no student is disadvantaged. This will include supplying some students with devices and dongles or allowing students in remote areas access to school facilities to get them online.

Minister for Education and Early Childhood Learning Sarah Mitchell said HSC students across the state receive incredible support from their schools and teachers.

“We have asked our teachers and principals what else they need to support their HSC students and one of the results is this new hub,” Ms Mitchell said.

Find out more about the online HSC Hub.