NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Education Minister Rob Stokes have announced a comprehensive review of the state’s K–12 school curriculum that will be led by the Australian Council for Educational Research’s Chief Executive Professor Geoff Masters AO.
The review aims to ensure that the curriculum is preparing students to meet the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century, and will take into account and expand on the findings of David Gonski’s latest report into Australian school education.
Professor Masters was broadly supportive of the Gonski report and said the NSW Curriculum Review will need to focus strongly on implementation issues.
‘This review is a timely opportunity to demonstrate how the national reform agenda can be successfully tailored to the specific needs and context of a high performing state education system,’ he said. ‘This is how Commonwealth/State collaboration should work.’
Mr Stokes said that the review puts David Gonski’s report into practice and will tailor the national education reform agenda to the specific needs and context of NSW.
The curriculum review also supports the premise that, while the goals and values of education remain eternal, the methods of achieving these outcomes have dramatically changed, particularly with the development of information technology over the past 30 years.
The review will therefore examine the role of new technologies and teaching methods in delivering the curriculum.
The Minister said it is essential that the review draws on the expertise of teachers and ensures the curriculum continues to support them in the important work they do.
Professor Masters will be engaged by the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) to lead the review.