Understanding the curriculum
- NSW Curriculum Syllabuses
- Syllabus A-Z
- Curriculum development
- Stage 6 (11–12) syllabus development
- Stage 6 (11–12) assessment
- Syllabus development process
- University Developed Board Endorsed Courses
- School Developed Board Endorsed Courses
- Awarding grades
Stage 6 (11-12) syllabus development background
English, Mathematics, Science and History
The former BOSTES commenced work on the development of new syllabuses for Stage 6 English, Mathematics, Science and History following state and territory Education Ministers’ agreement in 2012 that senior secondary Australian curriculum is the common base for development of state and territory senior secondary courses.
The new Stage 6 syllabuses on the NSW Syllabuses site support implementation of Australian curriculum content, maintain the current high standards of the NSW curriculum and retain syllabus features familiar to and appreciated by NSW teachers.
View all background to the development process below, including draft and final Writing Briefs, Draft Syllabuses and Consultation Reports.
Writing Briefs and Draft Syllabus Development 2016
The Senior Years Writing Briefs for English, Mathematics, Science and History courses were endorsed by the former BOSTES Board at an extraordinary meeting held on 16 February 2016. This followed broad consultation on a range of options for course structures in each subject in Term 4, 2015.
The writing briefs provide a blueprint for the development of draft syllabuses. They provide instructions to writers about the scope and nature of content and other elements for inclusion in the draft syllabuses based on key matters raised during consultation and actions in response.
The Draft Writing Brief Consultation Reports for each course provide a summary of feedback received during consultation. The key matters raised and the actions in response to feedback have helped to shape the development of draft syllabuses in each learning area.
The Draft Syllabuses were developed by project and writing teams comprising teachers from across school sectors following analysis of writing brief consultation feedback.
Consultation on the Draft Syllabuses took place from 20 July to 31 August 2016.
Board Curriculum Committees (BCCs) in each learning area, comprising representatives of the key NSW education stakeholders, monitored the consultation and syllabus development processes and provided feedback on the quality and suitability of syllabuses for implementation in NSW schools.
The BCCs recommended the finalised syllabuses for submission to the Board in October 2016.
Further consultation background is available on the BOSTES website.