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How to Plan and Implement the 2018 English Stage 6 Curriculum and Survive Auditing Part I

May 15, 2017


So…the person who normally writes the programs and implements new curriculum has bolted off into the jungle, never to be seen or heard of again…


You are left with the new syllabus and to you, it may as well be in a different language.


As your work colleagues have a little joke about it and you give them your ‘I’ll be fine’ smile; never fear. I haven’t bolted into the Amazon just yet, so surely, we can fumble through the new curriculum and implementation process together?


I don’t know about you but I love a good list.


A nice hearty tick across a completed task can give a sense of achievement, within a daunting day.


So, let’s start our checklist:

  • Print or download all relevant syllabi for the NSW Syllabus for the Australian Curriculum for English.

  • English Advanced Stage 6 Syllabus

  • English Standard Stage 6 Syllabus

  • English Extension Stage 6 Syllabus

  • English Studies Stage 6 Syllabus

  • English EAL/D Stage 6 Syllabus

  • English Studies Stage 6 Syllabus

  • Scope and Sequence Samples

  • Sample Assessment Schedules

  • English Stage 6 Prescriptions: Modules, Electives and Texts 2019- 2023

  • Assessment and Reporting in English Standard Stage 6

  • Assessment and Reporting in English Advanced Stage 6

  • Assessment and Reporting in English Extension 1 Stage 6

  • Assessment and Reporting in English Extension 2 Stage 6

  • Assessment and Reporting in English EAL/D Stage 6

  • Assessment and Reporting in English Studies Stage 6

  • Assessment and Reporting in English Life Skills Stage 6

  • Year 11-12 Assessment Advice

  • Guide to changes to Stage 6 Assessment from 2018

  • Sample Units for the Mandatory Modules in Year 11 and 12.

Year 11 Reading to Write – Transition to Senior English.

Year 12 Common Module – Texts and Human Experiences

  • Create electronic or colour folders for each course to help ‘divide and conquer’ your information

Well, if you are old school like me, you plan to print up all of the above and assemble multi-coloured A4 clear sleeved folders for each course and jam inside as much information as you can.


At this stage, no doubt you will fight with your printer, printer cartridges and paper feeder.


This is when I find YouTube pure gold. A 10-year-old British boy reminds me how to change my printer cartridge each time. Thank you, young man.


On my printed syllabus copies, I like to tab the most important pages, to trick myself into feeling more organised than I might be, at such an early stage of new syllabus implementation.


No doubt, by this stage, you are browsing Webjet looking for the cheapest rates, to escape to the jungle with your former colleague.



This is just the first chunk of organisation that is required.


You have many hours of work to go.


At this stage, you have realised that it is too big to conquer alone and your army is required.


Show the staff what needs to be completed.


Allow them time to absorb the enormity of the job.


Give them a sense of ownership by delegating jobs.