Education in the NT

Ages and Stages of Lifelong Learning

Early Years of Schooling - Preschool to Year Three (Ages 3-8)

  • School is compulsory for all children from the age of six
  • Literacy and Numeracy skills are assessed through the National Assessment Program (NAPLAN) in Year Three
  • The Australian Curriculum forms the basis of learning programs in the Early Years

Primary Years of Schooling - Year Four to Year Six (Ages 8-11)

  • Literacy and Numeracy skills are assessed through the National Assessment Program (NAPLAN) in Year Five
  • The Australian Curriculum continues to be the basis for learning programs

Middle Years of Schooling - Year Seven to Year Nine (Ages 11-14)

  • Literacy and Numeracy skills are assessed through the National Assessment Program (NAPLAN) in Year Seven and in Year Nine
  • The Australian Curriculum continues to be the basis for learning programs

Senior Years of Schooling - Year Ten to Year Twelve (Ages 14-17)

  • The Australian Curriculum continues to be the basis for learning programs
  • SACE is the senior secondary certification used in the Northern Territory