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The NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) has released new Dance and Drama syllabuses for Years 7–10, updated for the first time in 20 years.

The syllabuses received positive feedback throughout the public consultation period and the final versions released today reflect advice from key stakeholders including teachers and subject associations.

During consultation stakeholders strongly supported the clarity of the Dance and Drama syllabuses and the strong connections to research and inclusive approach of curriculum, which respondents said made it accessible to students of all abilities.

The progression of learning between Years 7–10 and the clear alignment to Life Skills content of both syllabuses was also welcomed.

NESA fine-tuned the drafts to refine the terminology and structure in response to teacher feedback during the consultation period.

The new syllabuses will be taught from 2026 and are available on the NSW Curriculum:

CEO of the NSW Education Standards Authority Paul Martin said:

“I am delighted to announce new Dance and Drama syllabuses for Years 7–10 – the first time these syllabuses have been reviewed in two decades.

“The new Dance syllabus will support the physical, creative and intellectual development of our students, allowing them to express and communicate ideas through dance.

“The Drama syllabus recognises the multidisciplinary opportunities of drama and theatre, engaging students through making, performing and appreciating this wonderful art form.

“I want to thank our fantastic teachers and the broader community for their positive response to these new syllabuses and their invaluable contribution in helping us in their development.”

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