The Australian Curriculum at John Colet School – an update
John Colet School has been following the development of the Australian (ie National) Curriculum since the first drafts for English were available for public consultation in 2009. Senior staff members have attended conferences and participated in the consultations each year and kept abreast of developments and implementation timelines.
The rollout of the implementation of the Australian Curriculum has commenced in NSW as of 2014. So this means:
The NSW Board of Studies (BOS) is now called Board of Studies, Teaching & Educational Standards (BOSTES). They’re in the process of developing a new website.
Currently the new NSW syllabus based on the Australian Curriculum is being titled by BOSTES as: “NSW Syllabuses for the Australian Curriculum”
English: 2014 is the year for full implementation of the new NSW English Syllabus ie “NSW English Syllabus for the Australian Curriculum”. The JCS teaching staff commenced phasing it in last year (2013) as BOSTES ruled this to be optional. The JCS teachers had had several intensive full days on-site of Professional Development (PD) from the AIS on the new English Syllabus the year before in 2012. All classes are now being taught the new English Syllabus in line with the BOSTES roll-out requirements.
Maths: It is optional in 2014 whether schools teach the new NSW Maths Syllabus for the Australian Curriculum. Our teachers have had several intensive full days on-site of Professional Development (PD) from the AIS in the new Maths syllabus in December 2013 and Jan 2014. As it is an optional year for teaching the new Maths syllabus, there is some phasing-in occurring at JCS; however all classes will be receiving it from term 1 2014 in accordance with BOSTES requirements for full implementation.
Science: The new NSW Science Syllabus for the Australian Curriculum is to be fully implemented in 2015. PD has been booked for this year with the AIS for some full days of on-site training of the JCS staff. Full implementation is to happen in 2015. All NSW schools will still be teaching the existing NSW Science & Technology Syllabus this year.
History: NSW K-10 History Syllabus for the Australian Curriculum is due for implementation in 2016. All NSW schools will still be teaching the NSW HSIE Syllabus until then.
Creative Arts and Language syllabuses are basically complete by ACARA (Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority, ie the national body that is writing the Australian Curriculum and produces NAPLAN). BOSTES then get to work and write their own NSW syllabus based on that. So the NSW mandatory implementation of the new syllabus for these areas will be a few years off; there is no firm indication of a timeline for implementation as yet.
Other states have already been teaching the completed subjects of the Australian Curriculum because their state educational authorities (ie the equivalent of the NSW BOSTES) mandated the implementation of the Australian Curriculum fairly swiftly.
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