DEC Scan Journal : August 2011
Scan Vol 30 No 3 August 2011 33 A similar overview for the new draft K–10 English syllabus will be available when the draft syllabus is released. Indicative hours for Years 7–10 remain the same for NSW public schools. The NSW Education Act defines the minimum requirements for schooling in New South Wales. The Department has set some additional requirements, such as extra hours of study in English, Mathematics and Science over Years 7–10. The new Board syllabuses are being developed to be taught in the same number of hours currently available. At this stage, there are no plans to change requirements for students in NSW public schools. All new syllabuses will incorporate 13 cross-curriculum areas that: • are embedded in the descriptions of content • address issues, perspectives and policies that will assist students to achieve the broad learning outcomes • take account of the General capabilities and cross-curriculum priorities in the Australian Curriculum. The cross-curriculum areas are: 1. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures 2. Asia and Australia’s relationship with Asia 3. Civics and citizenship 4. Critical and creative thinking 5. Difference and diversity 6. Ethical understanding 7. Information and communication technologies 8. Intercultural understanding 9. Literacy 10. Numeracy 11. Personal and social competence 12. Sustainability and Environment 13. Work and enterprise. When will NSW public schools implement the new syllabuses? The NSW Minister is yet to announce an implementation timeline for each of the new NSW syllabuses. Australian Education Ministers have previously agreed that the Australian Curriculum in K–10 English, Mathematics, Science and History will be substantially implemented by the end of 2013. It is anticipated that the syllabuses will be considered by the Board of Studies NSW in October 2011, after which they can be sent to the Minister for approval. At this stage the completed syllabuses are intended to be available for teachers by the end of 2011. It seems likely, therefore, that 2012 will be an opportunity for schools to become familiar with the new NSW syllabuses and undertake professional learning to support implementation. Until implementation timelines are announced by the NSW Minister, teachers in NSW public schools are to continue teaching current NSW syllabuses K–12 . How can schools make a start? Teachers can view the draft NSW syllabuses on the Board of Studies NSW website, where they are available for consultation until 22 August 2011 (date still to be determined for K–10 English). NSW public school staff are encouraged to participate in the Board’s consultation processes which include an online survey and six meetings in metropolitan and regional areas for each learning area. See the Board’s website for more details. The NSW Curriculum and Learning Innovation Centre (CLIC) is also coordinating feedback from across the Department to develop consolidated advice to the Board about the suitabil- ity of the draft syllabuses for NSW public schools. The Department has prepared its own surveys, available on the CLIC website <clic.det.nsw.edu.au/aust_curricu- lum>, for NSW public school teachers to provide specific feedback on each draft syllabus. Schools are encouraged to use the Staff information package and PowerPoint presentations about each draft syllabus, available on the CLIC website, to introduce the draft NSW K–10 syllabuses in English, Mathematics, K–6 Science and Technology and 7–10 Science and History and to explore how the Australian Curriculum is incorporated in the new syllabuses. Schools are encouraged to include planning for implementation of the new K–10 syllabuses in their school plans and to regularly visit CLIC’s website <clic.det.nsw.edu.au/aust_ curriculum> for the latest news and resources. How will teachers and schools be supported in implementing the new syllabuses? Initial support materials to assist in the introduction of the syllabuses will be provided by the Board of Studies NSW as part of syllabus release. The Department of Education and Communities is responsible for supporting implementation in NSW public schools. State office directorates will collaborate with regions to develop professional learning materials and teaching and learning resources that assist Principals, school executive and teachers to implement the new syllabuses. Additional materials will be made available on the CLIC website (Figure 2). Resources currently available on this website include: • a staff information package, comprising a presentation and workshop activities introducing NSW public school staff are encouraged to participate in the Board’s consultation processes...