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From the Deputy Principal – Teaching & Learning, Ms Lynsey Porter

Ms Lynsey Porter, Deputy Principal - Teaching & Learning

Ms Lynsey Porter, Deputy Principal - Teaching & Learning

Knowledge-Rich Approach to Curriculum Development in NSW

Exciting changes are underway in the educational landscape of New South Wales, as the New South Wales Education Standards Authority (NESA) embraces a knowledge-rich approach to curriculum development. As part of the NSW Curriculum Reform program, NESA has shifted its focus from general skills to a knowledge-explicit approach in the development of new syllabuses.

The Australian Education Research Organisation (AERO) released a report last week that outlines the evidence-based considerations that underpin this knowledge-and skills-explicit approach to syllabus development.

You can access the report in this LINK. 

The report not only sheds light on the benefits of a knowledge-rich curriculum but also addresses common misconceptions surrounding its implementation in schools. Particularly, the report foregrounds the importance of instilling a robust foundation of knowledge in students, preparing them for the challenges of the modern world.

Waverley College playground

Waverley College is currently addressing these changes through our collaboration with the Association of Independent Schools (AIS) in our pedagogical work on Deep Learning. This partnership aims to bring effective pedagogical strategies to our classrooms, ensuring that our students not only acquire a wealth of knowledge but also develop the six global competencies of character, citizenship, creativity, collaboration, communication and critical thinking necessary for success in the 21st century.

From Years 5-12, we are addressing subject-specific skills through the lens of  knowledge and understanding in each Key Learning Area (KLA). This holistic approach ensures that our students not only master essential subject-specific skills but also acquire a profound understanding of the foundational knowledge that underpins each discipline.


Our vision at Waverley College is to equip our students to leave the College as globally minded citizens who are active participants in society. By integrating a knowledge-rich curriculum, we are confident that our students will be well-prepared for the challenges and opportunities that await them in an increasingly complex world.

We understand the importance of striking a balance between knowledge and skills, and our teachers are working to create a learning environment that fosters both. Overall, in response to these seminal changes in the NSW curriculum, we are committed to nurturing curious minds, fostering a love for learning, and preparing our students to thrive in a knowledge-rich world.