The Final Report of the Review of the Australian Curriculum has been released. See the Initial Response of the Australian Government and statement by the Australian Minister for Education, Christopher Pyne, 12 October. For general commentary in the media see article and related article in the Sydney Morning Herald and report on ABC News, all 12 October, and critique 15 October and further commentary 16 October in The Conversation. See also opinion article in The Conversation 15 October, supporting the role of the general capabilities in the Australian Curriculum. For comment on the report's recommendations on the history curriculum see opinion article 20 October in The Conversation. For comment on issues surrounding the English curriculum see article in The Conversation 16 October 2014.
The Australian Government has announced funding to construct the national platform for online NAPLAN testing across Australian schools, which is to be available in 2016. See also ACARA's statement 25 October 2014. (CLJ update)
More than 1000 preschool services across the country have applied to be part of the Australian Government’s Early Learning Languages Australia (ELLA) trial in 2015. The pilot will introduce preschool children to a second language through play-based apps at 40 preschools. See statement by Assistant Minister for Education Sussan Ley, 20 October 2014.
An article in the Sydney Morning Herald 20 October warns that job opportunities for new graduate teachers are limited by oversupply and the use of casual employment, particularly in the case of primary and early childhood teachers. Shortages remain for secondary teachers in the fields of mathematics, science, and languages, and in some rural areas. A related article reports that the NSW Minister for Education, Adrian Piccoli, has called on the Australian Government to impose a quota on the number of students training to be teachers. See also critical commentary in Online Opinion 27 October 2014 (CLJ update).
In NSW, great successes have been reported for an intervention to raise the literacy and numeracy of disadvantaged K-2 students. See article and commentary in the Sydney Morning Herald, 17 October 2014.
The Australian Government is supporting a pilot of the ‘Pathways in Technology Early College High School’ (P-TECH) program, designed to help students acquire work skills through collaboration between schools and corporations. The program is already in place in the USA. See article in the Sydney Morning Herald 14 October, and article in Education HQ, report on ABC News, and opinion article in the Canberra Times, all 15 October 2014.
Students' concern to maximise ATAR scores is exacerbating the decline in enrolments for intermediate or advanced mathematics in secondary schools, according to an article in The Conversation 9 October 2014.
Industry grade technologies are now more accessible to the training sector as a result of research funded by the National VET E-learning Strategy. See media release 22 October 2014 from the Flexible Learning Advisory Group.
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