The number of content descriptions of what teachers should teach and what students should learn has been cut by 21%. In primary school geography, 50% of these descriptions have gone or been reduced.
Questions submitted to the Curious Climate Schools project by Margate Primary School students.
More of the curriculum is devoted to climate change, but it’s still not presented holistically. Teachers also need more training and resources to help them prepare students for a changing climate.
Our research found that focused grammar teaching didn’t improve children’s writing.
By pushing the timing of approval back to April, likely just before the election, the government has put itself in a position to use the curriculum to score political points.
Teachers need to be equipped with the knowledge and the confidence to teach the curriculum.
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Grammatical nous has been found to give students a broader understanding of their own language and a key to learning others. The problem is, teachers aren’t being equipped to teach it.
Public debates about the Australian Curriculum are arguably a sign of democracy at work. Suggesting that some things, such as Anzac Day, are sacred and beyond critical inquiry is not.
The education sector has to constantly re-learn lessons about using digital technologies in teaching.
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The former journalist raised eyebrows recently when he lapsed into Nonstandard English which is frowned upon in his National Curriculum.
The curriculum is already overcrowded. Can we really ask teachers to take this on too?
While shifting cyber safety education beyond privacy is a step in the right direction, teachers already have to contend with an overcrowded curriculum.
Without new scientific work, we can expect another 30 years of reviews and critiques on the role of general capabilities in schooling.
The role of general capabilities in a subject-based curriculum has been a recurring theme in Australian curriculum history.
There are significant political hurdles to be overcome before the report’s recommendations can be translated into action.
The recently released Gonski 2.0 report focuses on overhauling core aspects of curriculum and reporting, and proposes a move away from the industrial model of education towards individualisation.
Who is portrayed as Australian? ‘Opening of the first parliament’ Tom Roberts c.1903.
Despite improvements to their content over time, secondary school history textbooks still imply that ‘real’ Australians are white.
Children taking part in a philosophical discussion at Buranda State School in Brisbane.
Teaching philosophy for just one hour a week can improve children’s progress in writing, maths and reading.
Action on Sugar doesn’t think much of David Cameron’s childhood obesity strategy, but will May do any better?
Rural schools don’t always have the latest tech.
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The Government changed the curriculum in 2014 so that all school children would be taught coding, but two years on this is far from reality.
Now Australia has a national curriculum, what does that mean for our kids?
Last week the states agreed to the implementation of changes to the national school curriculum brought about by the National Curriculum Review undertaken last year.
Presenting misinformation to our children about sex, sexual health and relationships is a risky practice.
Religious exemptions to the anti-discrimination act should end to ensure fear mongering and misinformation are not present in our schools.
Are we waving too many flags for Europe in history lessons?
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Claims by a group of eminent British historians that Eurohistory is taking over the school curriculum are unfounded.
Ofsted inspections are changing.
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In what Ofsted has hailed as some of the most radical changes to school inspection in England in its history, the schools regulator has published the results of a consultation into changes due to be introduced…
Trying their hardest.
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The shockwaves from the latest round of school league tables are still reverberating across staff rooms up and down the country. The headlines have been about a drop in the proportion of pupils achieving…