We've talked about the Stronger HSC Standards initiative and how it impacts the teacher of English, Maths and the Sciences, and how it better supports core literacy and numeracy. There is one other change to the senior syllabus in NSW that is worth talking about because, even though it has only just been announced, it is already subject to a lot of rumour and misinformation. I'm talking about the changes to History.
We've previously talked about the Stronger HSC Standards reform of the HSC in NSW, and how that changes literacy and English. These changes begin to effect students who commence Year 11 in 2018 (so, students who are currently in Year 9 or earlier). We now want to talk about the changes to Maths, numeracy, and the sciences.
75% of the fastest growing career types in Australia require science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) skills and knowledge, a figure predicted to rise over the coming years. However, Australia is currently experiencing a national decline in students enrolling in these subjects, and performing poorly by international standards, causing fear that today’s students are ill-prepared for the future.