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Primary School Education
Primary school education covers students from Kindergarten or Preparatory year to Year 6. A child starts primary school when he or she is 5 or 6 years of age and finishes Year 6 when he or she is 12 or 13 years of age.
While the school system of each State or Territory in Australia operates in a similar manner, the starting school age varies from State/ Territory to State/ Territory:
Under special circumstances, children may be enrolled at a younger age. However, the school readiness of the child and the special circumstances will need to be assessed by the school principal.
Starting Kindergarten - more information on how to prepare a preschooler for the "Big School".
Primary Curriculum In NSW
NSW Board of Studies sets out curriculum and syllabuses for all schools in NSW and provides support materials.
The primary Curriculum is split into 3 stages:
There are 8 subjects taught throughout the primary school years:
Primary School Assessments and Exams in NSW
National Assessments (NAPLAN) in Year 3 and Year 5 :
School Assessment Grading (A-E):
Selective High Schoo Test in Year 6 :
International Competitions and Assessments for Schools(ICAS)
These are non-compulsory assessments.
Special Programs in NSW Primary Schools
Gifted and Talented Programs
In NSW Catholic Systemic schools and independent schools offer their own Gifted and Talented programs, extension programs or differentiate Learning to their students to suit the individual needs and to encourage the development of these students.
NSW Associationn for Gifted & Talented Children Inc. is a not for profit organization that provides support and resources for Gifted and Talented education. There are other organizations conducting enrichment workshops and course for gifted and talented school children, such as GERRIC , MUSEC.
English as a Second Language Programs (ESL)
Many independent schools offer scholarships to students, in particular, to high school students.