We ensure young children get the best start in life by supporting and regulating the early childhood education and care sector. We are the largest provider of public education in Australia with responsibility for delivering high-quality public education to two-thirds of the NSW student population.
DE International is the international unit of the NSW Department of Education. We manage international programs for all overseas students and temporary residents enrolling in a NSW government school, as well as study tours programs for groups to visit our schools and department facilities. We register and monitor student exchange organisations and host overseas government delegations.
The My School website is a resource for parents, educators and the community to find important information about each of Australia’s schools. My School contains data on a school’s student profile, NAPLAN performance, funding levels and sources and other financial information. You can also see enrolment numbers and attendance rates.
Why choose a Catholic school?
Each Catholic school provides a stimulating and challenging curriculum that links faith and culture. Our dedicated teachers embrace the privilege and challenge of teaching in Catholic schools. They expect each student to achieve to the best of his or her ability.
Our mission is simple: to support the natural development of the child through Montessori education. To do this, we act as advocates, providing the voice for Montessori in Australia. We have a role as an industry body, a professional association, and a charity, providing tailored services to schools and centres, teachers, other professionals and parents within the Montessori sector.
A Steiner education fosters the human spirit in children and young adults, allowing them to flourish in a holistic learning environment that is oriented towards moral growth, social consciousness and citizenship.
The IB offers an education for students from age 3 to 19, comprising of four programmes that focus on teaching students to think critically and independently, and how to inquire with care and logic. The IB prepares students to succeed in a world where facts and fiction merge in the news, and where asking the right questions is a crucial skill that will allow them to flourish long after they’ve left our programmes. We are supported by IB teachers and coordinators who develop and promote the IB’s curriculums in almost 5,000 schools globally every day, in over 150 countries around the world.
The National Assessment Program is run at the direction of the Education Council (previously known as SCSEEC). It includes the National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN), the three-yearly sample assessments in science literacy, civics and citizenship, and information and communication technology (ICT) literacy, and participation in international sample assessments.
In New South Wales public schools there is a period of time set aside each week for teaching ethics or scripture. Following legislative changes in 2010, families can now choose for their child to go to ethics classes as an alternative to spending that time in supervised care or scripture classes.
The NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) replaced the Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards NSW (BOSTES) on 1 January 2017 following the Review of BOSTES (PDF, 55 pages, 980KB) in 2016.
NESA has an increased focus on:
- developing evidence-based policy to improve student achievement and support teachers
- risk-based monitoring of Teacher Accreditation Authorities and schools.