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 Mathematics Advanced and Extension syllabuses
The NESA Board has decided to postpone implementation of the new Mathematics Advanced, Extension 1 and Extension 2 syllabuses until 2019 to ensure they are of the highest quality, and that schools have time to develop effective programs for teaching the syllabuses.
The new Stage 6 Mathematics Advanced, Extension 1 and Extension 2 syllabuses will now be released later this year for Year 11 students to study from 2019. This will also mean that they will be first examined on a common scale in the 2020 HSC.
The decision follows extensive consultation with teachers, schools, universities and the community to review the calculus-based syllabuses. Most recently this has included targeted consultation with experts from schools, sectors and universities to strengthen the draft syllabuses, which are currently being reviewed by independent experts.
The new Mathematics syllabuses are a part of the NSW Government’s Stronger HSC Standards reforms designed to support students to achieve their best.
Updates about the release of the new Mathematics Advanced and Extension syllabuses and an implementation timeline will be provided through NESA News.
Visit the syllabus development section of the NESA website.
Frequently asked questions
Why do the Mathematics Advanced, Extension 1 and Extension 2 syllabuses have a different timeline to the Mathematics Standard and Mathematics Life Skills syllabuses?The NESA Board has decided to postpone the implementation of the new syllabuses for Mathematics Advanced, Mathematics Extension 1 and Mathematics Extension 2 to ensure that sectors and schools have ample time to develop effective and quality teaching, learning and assessment programs for the implementation of the new syllabuses.
The new Mathematics Standard and Mathematics Life Skills syllabus were released in Term 1, 2017 providing time for a period of familiarisation and planning and will be studied by students in Year 11 from 2018. Mathematics Standard 1 and Mathematics Standard 2 will be examined for the first time in the 2019 HSC.
The Mathematics Advanced, Mathematics Extension 1 and Mathematics Extension 2 syllabuses will be released later this year. As this is the first significant change to these syllabuses in over 30 years, NESA is committed to ensuring appropriate time is provided for teachers and sectors to prepare for their implementation in Year 11 from 2019 and examined in the HSC in 2020.
When will the Common Scale for Mathematics at the HSC be implemented?
All Mathematics syllabuses will be assessed using a common scale from the 2020 HSC.
Are there new requirements for school-based assessment?New requirements for school-based assessment for all Stage 6 syllabuses are available on the NSW Syllabuses site.
During Term 2, there will be opportunities to provide feedback on draft HSC Examination Specifications for Standard Mathematics.
Will teachers have the opportunity to provide further feedback on the Mathematics Advanced, Mathematics Extension 1 and Mathematics Extension 2 Syllabuses?
There have been a number of opportunities to provide feedback as part of the NESA syllabus development process. These included: consultation on the broad directions in 2014; consultation on the draft writing briefs in 2015; consultation on the draft syllabuses in 2016; and additional consultation opportunity in 2017 to provide feedback on the final drafts of the Mathematics Advanced, Extension 1 and Extension 2 syllabuses.
The amended drafts will be considered by the Curriculum Committee and the NESA Board with a view of finalising the documents before they are release for familiarisation and planning.
NESA provides ongoing opportunities for stakeholders to provide feedback. This includes NESA’s monitoring of syllabus implementation, annual syllabus evaluation processes and cyclical review processes.
How will the Australian Curriculum affect Mathematics?The new syllabuses incorporate Australian curriculum content and retain many of the features that are familiar to and appreciated by NSW teachers.
The Australian curriculum is implemented in NSW through syllabuses developed by NESA. New features of the syllabuses include:
- Australian curriculum content identified by codes
- learning across the curriculum content, including the Australian curriculum cross-curricular priorities and general capabilities.
What support materials are NESA making available in relation to the Mathematics syllabuses for the information and assistance of teachers?
Support materials will be released progressively throughout 2017 and made available, on the NESA website.
Support materials will include:
- school-based assessment requirements
- assessment advice
- a parent guide to new syllabuses and assessment
- sample scope and sequences
- sample teaching units
- sample assessment schedules
- sample assessment tasks
- advice on making adjustments for students with special education needs.
How will implementation of the new Mathematics syllabuses from 2019 affect compressed curriculum, acceleration and accumulation processes?
Information on the NESA website about compressed curriculum, acceleration and accumulation remains current.
Which calculators are approved for use in the HSC examination for ANY Mathematics syllabus (Standard 1, Standard 2, Advanced, Extension 1, Extension 2)
Candidates may use a ‘Board-approved calculator’ that appears on the Board’s list of Approved Scientific Calculators for the Higher School Certificate Examinations (updated annually).
The use of technology is identified throughout the syllabuses. What does this mean for teachers and schools?
Teachers and schools will make decisions regarding the most appropriate technologies for use in the teaching and learning of the Mathematics syllabuses (Standard 1, Standard 2, Advanced, Extension 1, Extension 2, Life Skills). They will consider the increasingly broad range of technologies available, including laptop and tablet computers and interactive whiteboards.