26 September 2023

New STEM syllabus to hit NSW schools

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The NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) is proposing three new syllabuses for students in Years 7 to 10 covering Science, Technology and Drama.

Welcoming the draft syllabuses, the Minister for Education and Early Learning, Sarah Mitchell said they were part of the most comprehensive Curriculum Reform in a generation.

“The new syllabuses have been reshaped to align with current in-field evidence that will best equip students for success in a modern, digital and connected world,” Ms Mitchell said.

“We know that it is vital that students can apply their knowledge in the day-to-day,” she said.

“Through these syllabuses, students will benefit from more tangible learning experiences that give them the chance to study real-world challenges, setting them up as the next generation of world leaders in STEM.”

Ms Mitchell said the draft Science syllabus for Years 7 to 10 were based on the latest evidence and included new contemporary topics on data science and investigating scientific evidence, as well as a greater focus on environmental sustainability and energy.

She said key changes included a more explicit focus on applying knowledge and skills; increased connections between science and mathematics; greater links to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander historical and contemporary uses of science and technologies; and an increased focus on developing students’ writing skills for scientific purposes.

“Additionally, a new draft Technology syllabus for Years 7 to 8 builds on an already strong syllabus with a greater focus on digital literacy, cyber security and online safety,” the Minister said.

Ms Mitchell said people could have their say on the draft Technology 7–8 syllabus until 21 November and on the Science and Drama 7–10 syllabuses until 5 December.

The three draft syllabuses can be accessed at this PS News link.

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