Introducing the New Year 12 Modern History Syllabus


Session 1 introduces approaches to planning and teaching the new Core Study: Power and Authority in the Modern World 1919-1946. The session also draws connections between the Year 11 and Year 12 courses and their more explicit emphasis on historical thinking through the use of historical concepts and skills and their integration into course outcomes.

Session 2 offers workshops devoted to new, popular and challenging content areas, and resources and discussion of effective teaching and assessment strategies for Year 12 students.

Session 3 requires participants to work in pairs or small groups to apply knowledge and understanding gained from Sessions 1 and 2 to plan a scope and sequence for Year 12, then focus on developing a teaching program for Year 12 (or reviewing and refining an existing program) that incorporates mandatory and selected content, addresses appropriate outcomes and integrates relevant assessment activities.


Completing a Introducing the New Year 12 Modern History Syllabus course will contribute 5 hours of NESA Registered PD addressing: 2.1.2, 2.2.2, 6.2.2, 7.4.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.

Target Participants

Teachers of Stage 6 Modern History who wish to develop a deeper understanding of the new Year 12 course.


There will be a range of plenary, workshop and small group delivery modes.

Presentations will alert participants to new features of the Year 12 course, including the new Core and some popular and challenging content areas.

Workshop activities will require participants to apply knowledge and understanding gained in the plenary presentations to develop (or review and refine) a Year 12 teaching program.