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Useful information for parents

There are many items on this web site of particular interest to parents. They are sometimes a little difficult to locate as the number of pages of information here reaches into the thousands. This page is designed to assist you by providing direct links to the most recent and relevant ones.

Parents Information to support your child's learning

Parents Guide to the NSW Primary Syllabuses

Parents Guide

The Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards NSW has provided NSW schools with copies of the Parents Guide to the NSW Primary Syllabuses for distribution to parents.

The Parents Guide has been developed to help parents follow their child’s early learning and to help them talk with teachers about day-to-day classroom activities and their child’s progress.

The Guide provides some examples of the kinds of things children can learn in each of the key learning areas in each stage of primary school.

For parents of young children (Primary years)

Board of Studies NSW – K–6 Educational Resources

If you have children in Primary School, you will find all of the useful documents listed here. Some of the most relevant are:

An Overview of the Primary Curriculum

The NSW Primary Curriculum Foundation Statements

This booklet has been written for both teachers and interested members of the community. It provides an overview of the primary curriculum in NSW that has been and is being developed by the Board of Studies NSW.

Parent information on supporting your child’s learning

K-6 English Syllabus - Parents Guide

K–6 English

The syllabus, sample units of work, a Principal’s package and related information is available from the K–6 Educational Resources website.

The Parents Guide introduces the English syllabus to parents and school community members.

K-6 HSIE - Information for Parents

K–6 Human Society and its Environment (HSIE) – Information for Parents

A two page document explaining the K–6 Human Society and its Environment (HSIE) syllabus which is available on the K–6 Educational Resources website in the following languages:

K–6 Human Society and its Environment (HSIE)

The syllabus, sample units of work, a Principal’s package and related information is available from the K–6 Educational Resources website.

The Parents Guide introducing the HSIE syllabus to parents and school community members.

K–6 Resource Products

Shop Online

All K–6 Resource products are available at the Board of Studies NSW Shop Online. Discover what your primary school child needs to learn and how you can help at home.

For parents of teenage children (Years 7–10)

If you have children in years 7–10, you will find all of the useful documents listed here. Some of the most relevant are:

Studying for the NSW Higher School Certificate

Studying for the NSW HSC guide cover
Studying for the NSW HSC
Published August 2012

This guide is for Year 10 students and anyone planning their Year 11 and Year 12 studies. The information contained in this guide is accurate at the time of publication. Schools will be notified of any changes to the rules and requirements.
Past School Certificate Test Papers and related documents for:
  • English-literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Australian History, Geography, Civics and Citizenship
Years 7–10 Syllabuses and Support Documents
The Record of School Achievement

Available at the Board of Studies NSW Shop Online

Products for Years 7–10

All products for Years 7–10 are available at the Board of Studies NSW Shop Online. Discover what your high school child needs in years 7–10 to learn and how you can help at home.

Shop Online

For parents of teenage children (Higher School Certificate)

Support for Higher School Certificate Examinations

Information for Students and Parents

The Board of Studies has a program to help students with practical support in their Higher School Certificate examinations. This practical support, known as provisions, assists students to read examination questions and to write their answers. Provisions include rest breaks and extra time. The use of any provision is not written on the student’s results.

Essential planning documents for Higher School Certificate studies include:

HSC rules and procedures

Issued to HSC students, the HSC Rules and Procedures guide outlines the rules and procedures for the Higher School Certificate, available on Students Online.

Studying for the NSW Higher School Certificate

Studying for the NSW HSC guide cover
Studying for the NSW HSC
Published August 2012

This guide is for Year 10 students and anyone planning their Year 11 and Year 12 studies. The information contained in this guide is accurate at the time of publication. Schools will be notified of any changes to the rules and requirements.
Past Higher School Certificate Examination Papers and Notes from the Examination Centre
HSC Syllabuses, Support Documents and Specimen Papers
HSC Resources and Textbooks
provides a subject-by-subject guide to resources and textbooks that are available

Higher School Certificate Products

All Higher School Certificate products are available at the Board of Studies NSW Shop Online. Discover what your high school child needs to learn and how you can help at home.

Shop Online

Parents Associations

If you have children in school, you will find a listing of all of the useful Parents Associations.

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