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Teaching and learning (Curriculum)

Strategy: Continue to ensure consistent, high-quality teaching and learning across the state, through the Queensland Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Framework and participation in the Australian Curriculum from 2011

Video: North Lakes State College, "Literacy" e Nostra Potenza - Literacy is Our Strength

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The Showcase Award for Academic Excellence
North Lakes State College, "Literacy" e Nostra Potenza - Literacy is Our Strength

Superhero capes and star awards are just some of the visible rewards from the North Lakes State College's program promoting academic excellence.

"Literacy" e Nostra Potenza - Literacy is Our Strength has achieved outstanding results in national literacy and numeracy tests.

The focus on strong leadership, teaching and curriculum is designed to meet the needs of students in all phases of learning.

The commitment to the belief that no child should be left behind is reflected in the students' significant learning outcomes.

North Lakes State College, going from strength to strength.

Queensland Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Framework

The QCAR Framework has continued to provide school communities with the direction and resources to improve learning across all key learning areas, and has prepared schools well for the implementation of the Australian Curriculum.

During 2009-10, the department supported student learning by:

  • commencing the national literacy and numeracy assessment programs and Phase Two of the QCAR Framework
  • appointing 30 Principal Project Officers - QCAR (English and Mathematics) to support implementation of the QCAR Framework in all schools and support the National Partnership (Literacy and Numeracy)
  • continuing to implement the QCAR Framework, which will complement the work being undertaken to improve Queensland's results in NAPLAN
  • committing $3 million to the Queensland Comparable Assessment Tasks (QCATs)
  • undertaking Phase Two of the QCAR Framework evaluation strategy to determine the impact of specific QCAR Framework products and processes on student learning and teaching practice.

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Australian curriculum

On 1 March 2010, a draft of the Phase 1 subjects (English, mathematics, science and history) for Prep (K)-10 of the Australian Curriculum was released for consultation. Following consultation, the English, mathematics, science and history curriculum will be finalised later this year. Eighteen state and non-state schools across Queensland trialled the draft curriculum during Terms 1 and 2. Nationally, implementation of Phase 1 subjects of the Australian Curriculum is to be underway in every Prep (K)-10 classroom by the end of 2013.

Queensland schools are receiving regular updates during the transition and will receive support to implement the Australian Curriculum. Phase 2 of the Australian Curriculum will develop geography, languages and the arts for Prep (K)-12.

The QSA and the three schooling sectors are working together to address issues surrounding the implementation of the Australian Curriculum through a cross-sectoral committee. This cross-sector collaboration will ensure consistent messages are provided to Queensland schools and efficient use is made of state resources.

Support to schools to implement the Australian Curriculum 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.

The national curriculum will build on the QCAR Framework by:

  • identifying the areas that teachers are expected to teach, and students are expected to learn, in all year levels
  • providing an expectation of the quality of learning that students should typically demonstrate in relation to the content by a particular point in their schooling.

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Languages in Years 6, 7 and 8

The Queensland Government believes that learning languages as part of mainstream education provides our students with a range of intellectual, social, cultural and economic benefits in the future. Learning languages provides students with analytical and communication skills that will enhance their learning in other areas.

In May 2010, the Queensland Government reaffirmed its policy commitment to the mandatory study of languages in Years 6, 7 and 8. Decisions about the languages taught will be determined by the school principal in collaboration with the school community, and in response to student needs. Indigenous languages and Auslan (sign language) will be recognised as options for language study in schools.

The government also strongly supports the study of Asian languages to develop greater intercultural understanding and the ability for individuals and Queensland generally to better engage with our regional neighbours. Increasing opportunities for students to engage with the languages and cultures of Asia is being supported through the National Asian Languages and Studies in Schools Program.

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