A mining company has defended its involvement with a high school on the New South Wales Central Coast, amid concerns it is trying to influence the curriculum.
NuCoal has agreed to provide unspecified resources, such as work experience and career advice, at Narara Valley High School.
The teachers' union is worried the independence of the curriculum might be compromised, but NuCoal's Marie Roberts says those fears are unfounded "We're certainly not about telling them what to teach or even how to teach it, but we are a resource that's available should they want to make that connection into the real world," she said.
NSW Teachers Federation president Maurie Mulheron says he plans to meet teachers and parents at the school to discuss concerns that the company might have too much influence.
"We would want to see some guarantee that is not the case," he said.
No direct funding arrangement is in place at this stage.