A missed opportunity to equip students for the 21st century 

 

Coinciding with our appearance before the Parliamentary Education Committee on Monday November 30, we launched the Association’s position paper on the NSW Curriculum Reform.   

The paper highlights the importance of science education to ensure a scientifically literate population, able to apply logic, think critically and solve problems. 

We support the ambitious reform recommended by Prof. Masters that sought to re-organise structure and content of the wider curriculum and responded appropriately to the needs identified by the school community

The Government’s Response is a missed opportunity. The truncated timeframe of four years, rather than the ten recommended by Professor Masters, means that there is insufficient time for the Government to develop appropriate modelling of the visionary recommendations posed by Professor Masters, undertake the necessary consultation with the teaching community to ensure success of the reform and to develop a curriculum that is internationally competitive.

Download the full Position Paper here.  

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August 2020 

The NSW Legislative Council Portfolio Committee No. 3 - Education are undertaking an Inquiry into the contents of and proposed changes to the NSW school curriculum. We believe Prof Masters consulted widely, effectively considered issues and made recommendations consistent with the terms of reference to his Review. Our submission to this Inquiry is here. 


July 2020

We have established a Think Tank to guide our positions in relation to the NSW Curriculum Reform. All members are welcome to be part of this Think Tank. The Think Tank will be brought together from time to time for workshop and roundtables and to provide feedback and commentary on positions and documents we create in relation to the reform. 

If you're interested in being part of this conversation please email [email protected].

June 2020

The NSW Government released their final report Nurturing Wonder and Igniting Passion laying out a roadmap for reform of the NSW Curriculum on 23 June 2020. The full report can be read here. As your Association we are here to support and represent you during this time of change.  We will be conducting a range of consultations with members to assist in understanding the reforms and to provide a voice for the science teaching community of NSW as this reform takes place. 

Read our statement on the release of the Final Review Report here.

Please register your interest to be involved in our further discussions regarding this reform with our Executive Officer via [email protected]

December 2019

The NSW Government is undertaking a review of the NSW Curriculum which proposes a 10 year reform process. The reform is an ambitious plan that seeks to reorganise both the structure and content of the curriculum so that students are placed at the centre of decisions and at an individual level be supported to realise an entitlement of educational attainment. Whilst there is more to be worked out in practical terms and much more input from teachers required to help shape the direction of the reform, we see the current efforts as being commendable. Read our full submission here

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