Going ‘back to basics’

A ‘BACK to basics’ approach on literacy and numeracy is the focus of the first major overhaul of the NSW school curriculum in 30 years.

Unnecessary content will also be cut to declutter the curriculum, and both TAFE and vocational training pathways will be modernised as part of the State Government’s response to recommendations in a major curriculum review undertaken by Professor Geoff Masters, the first significant review since 1989.
While welcoming the commitment, NSW Teachers Federation senior vice president Amber Flohm said to make it a success, schools would require additional funding.
Announcing the curriculum overhaul, Premier Gladys Berejiklian said it would raise standards and equip students for jobs of the future.
“We are investing record amounts into education and the results need to match this,” she said.
Education Minister Sarah Mitchell said the changes would ensure teachers have the support to teach the fundamentals, including maths, English and science.
“We want a curriculum that leaves no student behind while challenging students who are advancing faster than others,” Ms Mitchell said.
“I am confident that the changes we will implement will ensure that NSW remains one of the best places to educate our children for decades to come.”
However Labor’s Shadow Minister For Education, Prue Car said the State Government had to take responsibility for low student results over the past decade.
“Curriculum reform is overdue, but with school results in freefall, an entire generation will have finished school before these reforms are implemented,” she said.