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Registered and Accredited Individual Non-government Schools (NSW) Manual

In November 2021, the NSW Education Standards Authority released its updated ‘Registered and Accredited Individual Non-Government Schools (NSW) Manual’. It has been 18 months since the last update in March 2020. The updated Manual has significant changes in relation to NESA’s requirements for evidence of compliance from schools.

Evidence of Compliance Changes

The changes have reduced the record keeping burden in relation to proposed methods and strategies evidencing the standard of teaching. In the past, this included the need for records of teacher reflection, school analysis, and student recording, to name a few. Now, schools must demonstrate alignment between NESA Syllabuses and the school’s curriculum documents, in a form that is suitable to the school and to NESA. Practically, this may include either samples of student work or teaching programmes.

Following amendments to the Teacher Accreditation Act 2004 (NSW), the Manual now requires schools to produce evidence of how they will support teachers in the teacher accreditation process. For more about this, please refer to our article “Changes to the Teacher Accreditation Act 2004 (NSW); further focus on child protection and reform.”

For those in NSW, please review the Manual to ensure your school’s compliance with it in readiness for upcoming school registration and accreditation.

A copy of the Manual using track changes to show the recent amendments can be found here.

If we can assist you with any compliance issues, please contact David Ford or Stephanie McLuckie.

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