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Curriculum & Leadership Journal
An electronic journal for leaders in education
ISSN: 1448-0743
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Consultation on senior secondary and K–10 curricula

The Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) has reminded educators that feedback on the new K–10 national curriculum closes 30 May 2010. The senior secondary curriculum was launched 14 May 2010 and will be available for consultation until 30 July 2010. The draft achievement standards for each of the senior secondary courses will be available for consultation and trialling in early 2011. See ACARA statement and joint statement from Australian Minister for Education Julia Gillard and NSW Minister for Education and Training Verity Firth, both 14 May 2010.

Changes to data collection for My School website

Data collection practices for the My School website may be changed to improve the validity of comparisons between schools. See article in The Age 24 May 2010. See also article in Victoria's Port Philip Leader 25 May 2010 about teachers being rated online by students.

Principals may face disciplinary threat over future abstention from NAPLAN tests

School principals in NSW have been warned that engaging in future disputes over NAPLAN testing may result in disciplinary action being taken against them. See article in The Sydney Morning Herald 26 May 2010.

Concern expressed about implementation of the national history curriculum

Historian Stuart Macintyre, the leading writer on the national history curriculum, has expressed concern about some aspects of its implementation, according to an article in The Australian 25 May 2010.

Study challenges the value of competition as motivator for student improvement

A new study by The University of Sydney has challenged the value of competition as a motivator for student improvement. Over the course of a year, 1,866 Australian high school students were assessed on their academic personal best approach to school and schoolwork. They were also assessed on numerous measures of academic motivation, engagement and achievement. See statement by The University of Sydney and article in The Sydney Morning Herald, both 27 May 2010.

ACT online learning program

The ACT is trialling the use of an education portal that allows students to access learning materials from outside the classroom. See article in ABC News 25 May 2010.

Predicted change to principalship structure in SA

A predicted shortage of senior staff in South Australian schools may see changes in the leadership structure where principals lead two or more schools with a supporting management team. See article in The Advertiser 24 May 2010.

SA education campaign to tackle perceptions of Muslim community

South Australia has announced an education campaign to address misconceptions about Adelaide's Muslim community. See article in The Advertiser 24 May 2010.

Further discussion of Tasmania Tomorrow reform

Tasmanian Premier David Bartlett has said that Tasmania Tomorrow has faced a number of challenges that need to be addressed. See article in The Examiner 28 May 2010.

Back pay of penalty rates in Tasmania

The Community and Public Sector Union in Tasmania is pursuing a claim for two years' back pay for penalty allowances to school administrative staff. An article in The Examiner 28 May 2010 reports that payment of the claims could amount to over $220 million statewide.

Deakin announces school-based degrees to ease tertiary transition

Victoria's Deakin University is trialling a program where students can begin studying for an associate degree in school-based learning centres. The program is designed to ease transitions to higher education for disadvantaged students. See article in The Australian 26 May 2010.