Northern Territory Board of Studies policies and guidelines

The Northern Territory Board of Studies (NTBOS) is the peak body advising the Minister and the Chief Executive of the Northern Territory (NT) Department of Education (DOE) on curriculum policy – from early childhood education through to the senior secondary years.

The board provides expert advice on curriculum appropriate to the unique educational environment of the Territory and, on best practices in assessment, reporting and certification of achievement as learners progress in their journey from early childhood to year 12.

Curriculum, assessment, reporting and certification

The board’s new curriculum, assessment, reporting and certification policy: early childhood to year 12, provides the legislative context of the board’s role and sets out the standards and processes required to ensure that the NT education system promotes excellence and equity, while delivering world-class curriculum and assessment.

Sets of specific policy documents, developed by each sector, will support this policy to give additional detail; focused on supporting best practice and implementation aligned to individual sector priorities.

The department is developing a policy response that articulates the principles and practices educators must use in delivering quality learning and assessment programs, and the reporting and certification requirements that communicate the learner’s progress.

The policy will be published on the curriculum policies webpage.

Languages education

Read Changing the conversation: A blueprint for languages education in NT schools PDF (922.7 KB).

NT Certificate of Education and Training student awards

NTBOS administers the awarding of prizes to students who demonstrated exceptional achievement in particular Northern Territory Certificate of Education and Training (NTCET) subjects.

Some NTBOS award recipients leave the Northern Territory (NT) prior to the ceremony dates.

They may be eligible to request assistance to cover their airfare and accommodation costs to enable them to return and accept their award.

Data and results release

The following are currently under review.

Data release

NTBOS, non-government sectors and DOE’s Communications and Media team must follow a certain data release schedule.

Results release

Each year, the NTCET results are released via the South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE) Board of South Australia.

Last updated: 04 May 2022

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