The National Curriculum Board has issued a series of papers on the forthcoming national curriculum, and invites comment from the profession and the public. An overview paper, The Shape of the National Curriculum: A Proposal for Discussion, responds to questions raised so far during the consultation process. See also the initial advice papers on the curriculum proposed for English, mathematics, the sciences and history, covered in separate items in this week’s 'What’s New' section. The Board welcomes further public discussion and comments through email firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail to: National Curriculum Board Feedback, PO Box 177, Carlton South, Victoria 3053. Formal consultation will continue until the end of Term 4, 2008. The Board will determine its final recommendations in Term 1, 2009.
The National Curriculum Board (NCB) has issued an initial advice paper on English as part of its development of the forthcoming national curriculum. The NCB invites comment from the profession and the public about the new curriculum. See also articles, all 17 October 2008, in The Age, the Sydney Morning Herald, the Canberra Times and The Australian.
The National Curriculum Board (NCB) has issued an initial advice paper on mathematics as part of its development of the forthcoming national curriculum. The NCB invites comment from the profession and the public about the new curriculum. See also articles in The Australian 16 October 2008, The Age 15 October 2008, the Courier-Mail 14 October 2008 and the Advertiser (Adelaide Now) 15 October 2008.
The National Curriculum Board (NCB) has issued an initial advice paper on science as part of its development of the forthcoming national curriculum. The NCB invites comment from the profession and the public about the new curriculum. See also articles, all 14 October 2008, in The Age, the Canberra Times and the Advertiser (Adelaide Now).
The National Curriculum Board (NCB) has issued an initial advice paper on history as part of its development of the forthcoming national curriculum. The NCB invites comment from the profession and the public about the new curriculum. See also article 13 October 2008, and comments from Stuart Macintyre in subsequent article 14 October 2008, in The Australian, and media statement 13 October 2008 by Queensland Education and Training Minister Rod Welford.
Queensland's Education and Training Minister, Rod Welford, has announced the release of a new over-arching curriculum framework for Queensland state schools. The P–12 Curriculum Framework replaces the Years 1–10 Curriculum Framework for Education Queensland Schools. The new framework reflects the significant changes in curriculum expectations and accountabilities, including the implementation of the Prep Year; the move from outcomes-based education to the Queensland Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Framework Essential Learnings and Standards in Years 1–9; the changed position of Year 10 as the foundation year of the Senior Phase of Learning; the introduction of the Queensland Certificate of Education, and reporting to parents using a common five-point scale. See Minister's media release 8 October 2008.
On behalf of the Australian Government Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR), Curriculum Corporation is pleased to announce that applications for values education schools grants projects open on 20 October 2008. The Values in Action Schools Project (VASP) provides funds to clusters of schools to conduct action research values education projects during the 2009 school year. Formal advice about the VASP will arrive in all Australian schools during the week beginning 20 October 2008. Schools can only apply via an online application process available at the values education website from 20 October 2008. Schools are invited to visit the values education website for all the details about the VASP. Applications close 14 November 2008.
A report in The Age 13 October 2008 describes the views of Joel Klein, New York City School Chancellor, on student reporting, school accountability and the performance of the semi-independent 'Charter schools' in the USA. See also earlier What's New item on Joel Klein's impact on Australian education.
World Teachers' Day 2008 is to be celebrated in over 100 countries and will take place in Australia on Friday 31 October this year. The celebration was established by UNESCO in 1994 to draw attention to the significant role of teachers in building understanding of the world. Adapted from description on Queensland College of Teachers website.
More teachers have been trained to meet the growing demand for Aboriginal language classes in government schools across Western Australia. State Education Minister Liz Constable has announced that another eight educators have graduated from a two-year Aboriginal languages teacher training course. The number of schools offering Aboriginal languages has grown from eight to 75 since 1995. See Minister's media release, 10 October 2008.
Physical punishment of students at school would be legally banned in South Australia under proposed changes to the State’s Education Act. State Education Minister Jane Lomax-Smith has invited public comment on a discussion paper outlining possible changes to the Education Act 1972 and the Children’s Services Act 1985. See media release, 5 October 2008.