ACARA CEO, David de Carvalho, recently took to the stage as part of the third annual Sydney Morning Herald Schools Summit to discuss the upcoming Australian Curriculum Review.
“Another way to describe what are hoping to achieve is that we want to give the Australian Curriculum the Marie Kondo treatment,” said Mr de Carvalho, who hopes the proposed revised curriculum will excite teachers.
“We want teachers to go on the public consultation website on 29 April and see a curriculum that they can’t wait to teach.”
We look forward to hearing views to help us improve the curriculum and ensure it serves our children, equipping them with the skills and knowledge they need to live fulfilling lives.
Whether you are a teacher, a parent, you work in education or are someone who has a particular interest in it, your feedback is important to us.
ACARA Review Update
When ministers agreed on the Terms of reference for the review of the F–10 Australian Curriculum in June this year, it was agreed that proposed revisions in Mathematics and Technologies would be the first subjects to go out to public consultation in Term 1 of 2021. Since July this year, ACARA has undertaken extensive consultations with curriculum experts from jurisdictions and with practising classroom teachers through the new reference groups we established for the review. We have also engaged with national subject professional associations, academics and other key stakeholder groups.
Recently Education Council considered the question of whether the timeframe for consultation on the first set of learning area curriculum revisions should be adjusted to give more time to the revision process. On behalf of Education Council, AESOC this week agreed to allow the ACARA Board some flexibility in relation to the timing for public consultation on the proposed revisions, as long as that consultation takes place no later than Term 2, 2021, and that the end date for the review remains unchanged, namely January 2022.
The ACARA Board has now resolved that the public consultation window for Mathematics, Technologies, the general capabilities and the cross-curriculum priorities be rescheduled to align with the second scheduled public consultation window for the other learning areas in Term 2. This will give more time for the review process for Mathematics and Technologies and will have the benefit that stakeholders will be able to view and assess the nature and extent of proposed improvements, including content reduction, across all eight learning areas at the same time.
The consultation window for proposed revisions to the F–10 Australian Curriculum in all learning areas, along with the general capabilities and the cross-curriculum priorities, will open on Thursday 29 April and close on Thursday 8 July 2021.
The progress of the Australian Curriculum review is running according to schedule. The review of the general capabilities and cross-curriculum priorities are in the final draft stage, ready for consideration by the Education Council. The majority of the learning areas are at the stage of content reduction and realignment with Mathematics and Technologies being almost ready for review as well by the Education Council. Some issues are being worked through by our independent associations nationally to ensure that the aims of the review are being met. Early next year the public comment window will be open for feedback on the proposed changes to the F-10 Mathematics and Technologies. This will be an important time for all stakeholders to provide rich commentary on the work done by ACARA and the curriculum specialist groups.
The new ACARA website is in its project phase, and the prototype is looking much improved and changed from the current version. It is very exciting to see that many of the teacher suggestions have been taken into consideration. A few improvements include more user-friendly views of learning areas with options of multiple years or a single year starting with the achievement standard rather than content descriptions. Teachers will be able to highlight a sentence in the achievement standard, which will, in turn, highlight the content descriptors that match. Just one of the many new features that will make the website more accessible and adaptable for teachers.