General Description

This one-day course offers a practical guide for teachers on how to engage students in Legal Studies. It has particular relevance for those new to the subject and provides ideas, inspiration and resources that can easily be applied in the classroom. Participants gain insights into the syllabus (especially future examination directions under the new syllabus) as well as programming ideas and teaching strategies. The course also offers opportunities for collegial discussion and sharing of ideas and strategies for effective classroom practice. Teachers attending will have access to a range of resources that provide ongoing inspiration for your students.



Teachers new to Legal Studies and/or wanting to develop resources/skills


Teaching Standards

2.1.2 Proficient Level - Know the content and how to teach it - Content and teaching strategies of the teaching area:  Apply knowledge of the content and teaching strategies of the teaching area to develop engaging teaching activities,

1.2.2 Proficient Level - Know students and how they learn - Understand how students learn:  Structure teaching programs using research and collegial advice about how students learn,

2.2.2 Proficient Level - Know the content and how to teach it - Content selection and organisation:  Organise content into coherent, well-sequenced learning and teaching programs,

3.4.2 Proficient Level - Plan for and implement Effective Teaching and Learning - Select and use resources:  Select and/or create and use a range of resources, including ICT, to engage students in their learning,

6.2.2 Proficient Level - Engage in Professional Learning - Engage in professional learning and improve practice:   Participate in learning to update knowledge and practice targeted to professional needs and school and/or system priorities,

6.3.2 Proficient Level - Engage in Professional Learning - Engage with colleagues and improve practice:  Contribute to collegial discussions and apply constructive feedback from colleagues to improve professional knowledge and practice


Are you in NSW? If so, this is relevant for you

Completing “Inspiration in teaching Legal Studies” before 4th February 2022 under NESA’s interim arrangements will contribute 5 hours of NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Accredited PD in the priority area of Delivery and assessment of NSW curriculum addressing standard descriptors   2.1.2,  1.2.2,  2.2.2,   3.4.2,  6.2.2,  6.3.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.

Via Zoom

This course will run via Zoom.  You will be sent the details of how to join this PD the day before the course runs.


9.20am – 9.30am

10 minutes

• Registration.

Please note, this time does not count towards the total PD hours for this course

9.30am – 10.00am

30 minutes

• Introduction of trainer/presenter and course overview and objectives.

10.00am – 11.15am

1 hour and 15 minutes

• About Legal Studies: Syllabus & Programming – reality in your classroom.

• The Preliminary Course – Strategies, Classwork & Assessment.

11.00am – 11.15am

15 minutes

Morning Tea.

11.15am – 1.00pm

1 hour and 45 minutes

• ‘The HSC Course – Strategies, Class work & Assessment. Focus: Crime & Family.

• ‘Integrating cases and legislation’.

1.00pm – 2.00pm

1 hour


Please note, the hour for lunch does not count towards the total PD hours for this course

2.00pm – 3.10pm

1 hour and 10 minutes

• The Quality Teaching Framework.

• Group Discussion.

• Future Directions.

3.10pm – 3.30pm

20 minutes

Evaluation/ feedback forms.

What To Bring

Legal Studies Syllabus


Neil Kusi-Appuah

Neil has degrees in (Science) Psychology and Economics, a Diploma of Education and Certificate IV in Training and Assessment. He is currently Head Teacher Social Science at Five Islands Secondary College and works as a Masters of Education HSIE methods lecturer for Wollongong University. He has extensive experience as a HSC marker in Business Studies and Society and Culture as well as serving as SOM and Senior Marker in Legal Studies, was a member of the Legal Studies syllabus writing team, runs HSC student lectures teacher seminars and has authored Preliminary and HSC texts.