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NSW Education Standards Authority

The NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) replaced the Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards NSW (BOSTES) on 1 January 2017.

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.

NESA continues to set and monitor quality teaching, learning, assessment and school standards. This includes responsibility, across NSW public, Catholic and independent schools, for:

  • kindergarten to Year 12 curriculum
  • accreditation of teachers and teaching degrees
  • the internationally recognised HSC
  • school registration and home schooling.

NESA is in the process of building its new website, which you can visit now at educationstandards.nsw.edu.au.

Latest News

Latest news

photo of first in course group

HSC results 2016

Congratulations to all the students receiving their 2016 HSC results. Well done to all the students who also achieved a place in the following merit lists:

See photographs of the First-in-course ceremony with the Minister for Education.

HSC results are available in your Students Online account. BOSTES credentials will are available to download. Visit Students Online for more detail, including ordering HSC results services.

Stronger HSC Standards

Stronger HSC Standards

Minister for Education, Adrian Piccoli, has announced reforms to the HSC, which will be implemented for Year 11 students in 2018 and Year 12 students in 2019.

At the heart of the reforms is the establishment of a minimum literacy and numeracy standard to be eligible for the award of the HSC. The minimum standard underpins the two main other areas of reform: revised course structure and content, and streamlined assessment.

These changes will provide a flexible HSC that caters for the needs of all students, with options to extend students in their studies.

Read more about the Stronger HSC Standards reforms, including a timeline for implementation.

Teacher Accreditation

Teacher accreditation

Accreditation supports quality teaching and recognises the invaluable role teachers play in the community. To start or return to working as a teacher in a NSW school, you must be accredited with the BOSTES.

Visit the BOSTES teacher accreditation website (previously the NSW Institute of Teachers website) for information about the requirements and processes for teacher accreditation in NSW.

Great Teaching, 	Inspired Learning

Great Teaching, Inspired Learning

Great Teaching, Inspired Learning sets a new direction for improving teacher quality and student learning outcomes in NSW schools. It will help students to achieve better results by researching and sharing what makes an excellent teacher, and supporting the career-long professional development of all teachers.

Visit the Teacher Accreditation website for more information about Great Teaching, Inspired Learning – a Blueprint for Action, which outlines 47 actions to improve the already high standards of teaching in NSW.

Replacement Certificates

Replacement certificates

The BOSTES provides replacement statements for lost or mislaid certificates issued by the Board of Studies, past Boards or the New South Wales Department of Education. Replacement statements can be provided for Intermediate Certificate, Leaving Certificate, School Certificate, RoSA, Year 11 Preliminary Certificate, Higher School Certificate, TER/TES and Year 10,11 or 12 Statement of Attainments/Result Notice.

Professional Development

Professional Development

High-quality professional development (PD) helps teachers to continuously improve and maintain their teaching practice and develop their careers.

BOSTES presents a range of workshops throughout the year and coordinates a rigorous process of endorsing providers. Visit the Teacher Accreditation website for more information about professional development providers.

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