With the first phase of the Australian Curriculum underway, schools around the country have begun planning for and implementing the new Foundation to Year 10 English, mathematics, science and history curriculum structures.
It is expected that Phase 2 (geography, languages and the arts) and Phase 3 (health and physical education; technologies, economics and business; and civics and citizenship) will be implemented once Phase 1 subjects are fully operational. Meanwhile, the senior secondary curriculum (Years 11 and 12) is still in drafting stages, with drafts released for all phase 1 subject areas.
Australian Curriculum implementation timeline
Queensland schools have already adopted the Australian Curriculum for English, mathematics and science from Prep to Year 10. Teachers are also becoming familiar with the new history curriculum, which will be implemented in 2013. See the Queensland Studies Authority for more information.
Victorian schools have delayed the rollout until 2013. Victoria has also taken a slightly different approach by making the decision to incorporate phase one subjects into the AusVELS curriculum structure — designed by the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA) to provide the benefits of a national approach while still reflecting Victorian priorities.
New South Wales schools will implement the Australian Curriculum in 2014. It is expected that the planning phase will begin in 2013.
ACARA is conducting consultations on the draft curriculums for senior secondary years (English, mathematics, science and history) and the arts. The senior secondary consultations close on 20 July, while consultations for the arts curriculum (Foundation to Year 10) close on 23 September. Before submitting feedback, you must register on ACARA’s Australian Curriculum Consultation website. All Australian Curriculum consultations are open to the public.