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Australian curriculum

In early 2008, the federal government announced the formation of the National Curriculum Board, later to become the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA), to develop and implement a nationally consistent curriculum. The first phase of work was to develop curriculum from Kindergarten to Year 12 in English, mathematics, science and history.

The draft curriculum for these Phase 1 learning areas for Prep(K)-10 was released for consultation by ACARA on 1 March 2010. Draft Years 11 and 12 Australian Curriculum for Phase 1 was also released for consultation in mid-May 2010.

Following consultation, the English, mathematics, science and history curriculum will be finalised later this year. 18 state and non-state schools across Queensland trialled the draft Prep(K)-10 curriculum during Terms 1 and 2.

In 2009-10, DET:

  • contributed to consultation on the draft curriculum
  • worked with three schooling sectors and the Queensland Studies Authority (QSA) to establish a cross-sectoral committee, Transition to the Australian Curriculum Steering Committee, to ensure:
    • successful implementation of the national curriculum in Queensland
    • provision of consistent messages to all Queensland schools
    • efficient use of state resources
  • provided regular updates to Queensland schools about the transition
  • supported QSA to map differences between the current QCAR curriculum and the draft national curriculum to assist the transition.

Future support to schools to implement Phase 1 learning areas of the Australian Curriculum by the end of 2013 will include:

  • advice on planning the transition to the Australian Curriculum and on meeting curriculum requirements
  • professional development - particularly in areas where the Australian Curriculum differs from the current Queensland curriculum
  • practical resources to support teachers and principals.

Phase 2 of the Australian Curriculum will develop geography, languages and the arts for Prep(K)-12.

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