[pl. curricula (UK) or curriculums (US)] - the subjects studied in a school, college, etc. and what
each subject includes.
- ORIGIN : Latin ‘a course, but of the kind that one runs around [it came from currere, to run]’.
[pl. syllabuses or syllabi] - [a plan showing] the subjects or books to be studied in a particular course,
especially a course that leads to an exam.
- ORIGIN : From Late Latin syllabus, “list”, ultimately a misreading of Greek sittybos, “parchment label, table of contents”, of unknown origin.
Cambridge Dictionary and Online Etymology Dictionary
As part of a federal system, each state and territory previously developed their own curriculum. A national [Australian] curriculum is now being implemented covering Foundation [first year of school] to Year 12.
As the Australian
Curriculum site indicates -
‘The Australian Curriculum sets the goal for what all students should learn as they progress through their school life – wherever they live in Australia and whichever school they attend’.
At the same time -
‘‘The Australian Curriculum can be used flexibly by schools, according to jurisdictional and system policies and schedules, to develop programs that meet the educational needs of their students and that extend and challenge students. Schools implement the Australian Curriculum in ways that value teachers’ professional knowledge, reflect local contexts and take into account individual students’ family, cultural and community backgrounds’. [Australian Curriculum]’.
Each of the Australian Curriculum and the state and territory sections is structured in the following
The body/bodies in charge of curriculum;
information about the curriculum in that sector including other bodies, specific policies, other documents/reviews, . . . , and finally,
any related information considered worthy of inclusion.
This page covers the Australian Curriculum, curriculum and syllabi in all states & territories, other curriculum sources and related information, . . .
Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority [ACARA]
- Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority ACARA
‘An independent authority providing a rigorous, national approach to education through the national curriculum, national assessment program and national data collection and reporting program’. Check their :
‘We are responsible for the development of the National Assessment Program [NAP]’.
‘ACARA has developed the Australian Curriculum that provides teachers, parents, students and the community with a clear understanding of what students should learn, regardless of where in Australia they live or which school they attend’. [See link to the Australian Curriculum below.]
- News and Media
Media Releases; News; Resources for parents and carers; education blog; presentations and articles; newsletters; more.
‘ACARA is responsible for collecting, managing, analysing, evaluating and reporting statistical and related information about educational outcomes’.
- Video Library
- ACARA Annual Report 2018-2019
Reporting on all aspects of their performance
- Key Performance
Measures for Schooling in Australia
‘Data are shown for Australia but may also be selected for individual states or territories or for particular demographics e.g. Indigenous students, male/female if available’.
Framework for Schooling
‘We publish the Measurement Framework for Schooling in Australia, which the Education Council uses as the basis for reporting to the community on progress towards the Melbourne Declaration on Educational Goals for Young Australians. At its December 2019 meeting, Education Council signed the new Alice Springs [Mparntwe] Education Declaration setting out the national education goals for the next ten years’.
- Monitoring and Evaluation
‘The annual monitoring reports enable the identification, documentation and tracking of issues related to the Australian Curriculum and the sharing of these findings’. The latest report at this time is for 2019.
National Report on Schooling in Australia Data Portal
‘This includes data sets for areas such as school numbers; school funding; student-teacher ratios; school students with disability’ plus links to the National Report on Schooling in Australia.
- Australian Curriculum
Now v8.4. F-10 Curriculum; Senior secondary curriculum; Parent information; Student diversity; Resources/publications.
Australian Curriculum Sectors
- F-10 Curriculum
This major section of the site covers the following :
- Understand how F–10 curriculum
‘Structure; Learning F-2; Learning 3-6; Learning 7-10; Implications for teaching, assessing and reporting; and Implementation of the Australian Curriculum’.
- Learning Areas
‘Presented as a developmental sequence of learning from Foundation - Year 10, the Australian Curriculum describes to teachers, parents, students and others in the wider community what is to be taught and the quality of learning expected of young people as they progress through school’.
- General Capabilities
‘The general capabilities play a significant role in the Australian Curriculum in equipping young Australians to live and work successfully in the twenty-first century’.
‘The priorities provide national, regional and global dimensions which will enrich the curriculum through development of considered and focused content that fits naturally within learning areas. They enable the delivery of learning area content at the same time as developing knowledge, understanding and skills relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures, Asia and Australia’s Engagement with Asia and/or Sustainability’.
- Senior Secondary Curriculum
This major section of the site covers the following :
‘Introduction; video presentation; Information sheets’.
‘Understanding how English Works; English; English as an Additional Language or Dialect; Essential English; Literature’.
‘Understanding how Mathematics Works; Essential Mathematics; General mathematics; Mathematical Methods; Specialist Mathematics’.
‘Understanding how Science Works; Biology; Chemistry; Earth and Environmental Science; Physics’.
- Humanities and Social Sciences
‘Understanding how Humanities and Social Sciences Works; Ancient History; Geography; Modern History’.
- Parent Information
This major section of the site covers the following :
- The Australian Curriculum : An overview for parents
Multi-page, downloadable Information sheet’.
- A guide for parents to the National Literacy and Numeracy Learning Progressions
‘Videos; Infographics; FAQs’.
- Handy links
Click on the Handy Links box for links in relation to curriculum for all states and territory systems.
Click on the FAQs box for access to many frequently asked questions and responses to these.
- Specific School Year information
Click on the bottom boxes for information sheets relating to specific years from Foundation to Years 9-10.
- Student Diversity
This major section of the site covers the following :
- The Australian Curriculum : An overview for parents
Multi-page, downloadable Information sheet’.
- Meeting the needs of Students with a Disability
‘Definition of students with a disability; Planning for students with disability; Disability legislation, policies and principles; Links to state and territory resources; View further resources [choose from options provided]’.
- Planning for Student Diversity
‘All students have unique talents, abilities and capacity to learn. Schools cater for the diversity of students in different ways. The three dimensions of the Australian Curriculum support teachers as they plan educational programs, with advice on meeting the needs of all learners’.
- Meeting the needs of gifted and talented students
‘Definition of students who are gifted and talented; Planning for students who are gifted and talented; Gifted and Talented legislation, policies and principles; Links to state and territory resources; View more resources [choose from options provided]’.
- Meeting the needs of students for whom English is an additional language or
‘Definition of students for whom English is an additional language or dialect; Planning for students for whom English is an additional language or dialect; EAL/D legislation, policies and principles; Links to state and territory resources; View more resources [choose from options provided]’.
Illustrations of Practice
‘ACARA has developed a set of videos and associated resources known as illustrations of practice, to demonstrate effective pedagogy and practice in diverse contexts. These have been filmed across a range of schools, year levels and teaching and learning environments. They demonstrate how the three dimensions of the Australian Curriculum, learning areas, general capabilities and cross-curriculum priorities, can be integrated into learning plans. Note the copyright information at the bottom of the page’.
- Download The Australian Curriculum
You can download a copy of the curriculum. Each component can be downloaded in .pdf format. You can also download the complete F-10 package in Excel format [.xslx]
‘Primary Matters; Curriculum activity report; Program of research [2017-2020]’.
‘This site houses a range of resources that can be used to support teachers as they implement the Australian Curriculum. The resources have been developed by ACARA after intensive work with a range of schools and teachers. The resources include illustrations of practice, work samples, connections to the curriculum and teaching and learning tools [as well as links to reports and relevant research - see link above]’.
- The Australian Curriculum
- Mobile Edition
‘Developed for iPhone’.
- Asia Education Foundation
‘AEF provides teachers, education leaders and school communities with innovative programmes, curriculum resources and networks to support the achievement of Asia literacy for every young Australian’.
- Education Council
‘The COAG Education Council provides a forum through which strategic policy on school education, early childhood and higher education can be coordinated at the national level and through which information can be shared, and resources used collaboratively, to address issues of national significance’.
- Education Services Australia
‘Education Services Australia is a ministerial company established by the Education Council. ESA was established by education ministers to create, publish, disseminate and market curriculum and assessment materials, ICT-based solutions, products and services to support learning, teaching, leadership and administration and to act as required as the legal company for the Education Council’.
- Education Services Australia [ESA]
‘Click on a product or service [below] to read more about some of the recent solutions we have developed and maintained [e.g. Scootle, Schools Catalogue Information Service (SCIS), Early Learning Languages Australia (ELLA), Student Wellbeing Hub, ...]’.
- National Museum of Australia
‘The National Museum of Australia’s free, curriculum-linked classroom resources help to bring the stories behind the objects in our collection to life, for students and teachers’. An emphasis is placed on Indigenous studies.
- Quality Schools Package
‘The Quality Schools frequently asked questions and Quality Schools fact sheets’ provide information about the aims and other aspects of the package.
- Schools Online Thesaurus
‘Provides a controlled vocabulary of terms used in Australian and New Zealand schools. It encompasses all subject areas as well as terms describing educational and administrative processes’.
‘A national repository that provides Australian schools with more than 20 000 digital resources aligned to the Australian Curriculum’.
Australian Capital Territory
Curriculum Bodies in the ACT
- ACT Board of Senior Secondary Studies
In relation to curriculum ‘The principal functions of the Board are to accredit or register courses taught by recognised educational institutions; to approve recognised education institutions for teaching vocational education courses and to establish guidelines for the development of courses’ in the senior secondary area.
- ACT Education Directorate
‘We aim to develop and deliver educational services to empower each child and young person in the ACT to learn for life’. See curriculum information in the next section.
Curriculum in the ACT
- ACT Senior Secondary Curriculum
‘The ACT Board of Senior Secondary Studies registers and accredits all courses for teaching in schools offering the ACT senior secondary certificate. Teachers develop courses under the relevant Frameworks. Once courses are developed, they are closely examined by the relevant subject-area panels to ensure they meet the Board’s policies and procedures. The courses are then endorsed by the Board. When courses are accredited, they become Board courses, and other colleges may choose to adopt them for their own use’. Links to a range of other areas.
‘All ACT Kindergarten to Year 10 schools use the Australian Curriculum’.
Catholic Early Learning Curriculum Guide
This provides further information about the Early Learning Curriculum.
- Curriculum – Catholic Education
‘Curriculum Overview; Early Learning Curriculum; Religious Education Curriculum; ACT Curriculum; NSW Curriculum; Curriculum, Pedagogy, Assessment and Reporting’.
- Curriculum Overview – Catholic
Education - ACT
‘Curriculum Overview; Curriculum content; Curriculum Context’.
- Curriculum Policy
The Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn Catholic Education Office.
- Curriculum Requirements Policy
Monitoring of the Australian Curriculum Report 2019 : an ACT cross-sectoral response
‘This report is the collaborative work of the ACT Education Directorate [ACTED], Archdiocese of Canberra Goulburn Catholic Education [CECG] and the Association of Independent Schools ACT [AISACT]. All sectors work together as integral partners in the implementation of the ACT’s Future of Education : An ACT Education Strategy for the Next Ten Years and support ACT schools in the implementation of the Australian Curriculum’.
- Our Curriculum
‘Australian Curriculum; Languages in Schools; Health and Wellbeing; Religious Education; Aqua Safe Water Safety and Awareness Program; Board of Senior Secondary Studies’.
- The Future of Education Strategy
‘The ACT Government believes every child deserves a great education and the life chances which flow from it. Our education system must support all children to overcome and achieve. The Future of Education Strategy sets out how the ACT Government will strive towards this for the next generation. It applies to the whole system including all schools, government and non-government’. FAQs answer many specific questions.
New South Wales
Curriculum Bodies in NSW
- NSW Education Standards Authority
‘The NSW Education Standards Authority is an independent statutory authority reporting to an independent Board and the NSW Minister for Education. Making sure all children and young people in NSW leave school ready to take advantage of life’s opportunities, as well as to rise to its inevitable challenges, is at the heart of what we do. We achieve this by supporting the school sectors to deliver the best possible outcomes for students through high-quality syllabuses, assessment, teaching standards and school environment’. For specific area information see links in the next section
Curriculum in NSW
- NSW Education Standards Authority
Provides the following information :
- Implementing New Syllabuses
‘See which year new primary and secondary syllabuses will start to be taught in NSW schools’.
‘All news; News stories; Official notices; Media releases’.
- Kindergarten - Year 10
Select Kindergarten - Year 10 from the top menu. ‘Years [linked to stages]; Learning Areas; Understanding the curriculum; Diversity in Learning; Resources; Leaving school’.
- NSW and the Australian Curriculum
‘In NSW, Australian Curriculum is incorporated into K–10 syllabuses and is represented through codes and icons within syllabus documents. For Stage 6 courses, Australian Curriculum is the agreed common base for development of courses with flexibility to modify, re-order and supplement the Australian Curriculum to maintain the breadth and high standards of NSW senior secondary curriculum and to ensure compatibility with the NSW assessment and examination system’.
- Parents’ Guide
‘Schooling in NSW; Transitioning to school; Primary school K–6; High school : Years 7–10; High school : HSC; HSC minimum standard; Parent Charter; Parent Guide; Parent Guide to the NSW Primary Syllabuses and more.
- Student Guide
‘Study Tools; Exam Checklist [multiple sections e.g. Check assessment requirements for your course, Know the rules]; Results; Receiving your HSC’. For students in Years 11-12.
- Syllabus Development Process
‘The NSW Education Standards Authority is committed to a syllabus development process that provides opportunities for consultation, establishes achievable timelines and ensures quality syllabuses. The process involves four phases : Syllabus review; Writing brief development; Syllabus development; Implementation’.
- Year K-10 Syllabuses
Listed alphabetically, and includes those for K-10 and 7-10.
- Year 11 - Year 12
Select Year 11 - Year 12 from the top menu. ‘Learning Areas; HSC; Leaving school; Understanding the curriculum; Diversity in Learning; Resources’.
- Years 11-12 Syllabuses
All syllabuses listed alphabetically.
‘Teaching and learning in NSW public schools. Key Learning Areas; Learning across the curriculum; Literacy and numeracy; Multicultural education; Early Learning; Rural and Distance education; Career learning and vocational education and training; Compliance; Curriculum support news; Quick Links [related topics]’.
- Curriculum and Learning Activities Policy library
Policies relating to curriculum aspects and specific areas, e.g. Literacy K-12 Policy, Curriculum planning and programming, assessing and reporting to parents K-12.
The Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn Catholic Education Office.
NSW Curriculum Review [NSW Education Standards Authority
‘On 13 May 2018, the NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Minister for Education Rob Stokes announced that NESA will undertake a review of the NSW curriculum. The delivery of the NSW Curriculum Review in 2020 will see NESA lead the revitalisation of the school curriculum so our students, community and economy continue to thrive well into the 21st century’.
- Board of Studies Teaching and Educational Standards
‘This is an archive-only site. Links to other NESA sites; Authority Portals; Partner Websites; more’.
- Curriculum for Record of School
Achievement [Years 7 to 10]
‘The curriculum for the Record of School Achievement provided by a registered and accredited non-government school must meet the requirements of the Education Act 1990 [NSW]. The curriculum from Year 7 to Year 10 for students who are candidates for the RoSA must meet the study requirements for each key learning area as detailed on the ACE website and be taught in accordance with a syllabus developed by NESA and approved by the Minister’.
- Curriculum for Higher School Certificate
[Years 11 to 12]
‘The curriculum for the Higher School Certificate provided by a registered and accredited non- government school must meet the requirements of the Education Act. Schools must refer to the ACE website and NESA Official Notices for details of their responsibilities’.
Literacy and Numeracy Strategy
2017-2020. ‘As part of the strategy, NESA is also working on a range of strategies and resources to help teachers boost students’ literacy and numeracy skills’.
- Program Builder
‘Create teaching programs from the new NSW syllabuses’. For staff. Program, video guides, more.
Curriculum Bodies in the Northern Territory
Territory Board of Studies
‘The Northern Territory Board of Studies [NTBOS] provides advice on curriculum, assessment, reporting and certification to all schools in the NT. The Board also issues certificates of educational attainment and manages student awards including the Northern Territory Certificate of Education and Training [NTCET]. Go to the Department of Education website for more about the Northern Territory Board of Studies [About the Board; Members; Policies and Guidelines; and Publications’.
Curriculum in the Northern Territory
- Curriculum Resources
: Learning Links
‘A comprehensive range of resources have been developed to support teachers. Learning Links includes teaching materials and resources, information and professional learning modules. The resources in Learning Links are available to all Territory teachers in both government and non-government schools’.
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- Keeping Indigenous Languages and Cultures Strong
‘A plan for the teaching and learning of Indigenous Languages and Cultures in Northern Territory schools’.
Territory School Curriculum
Covers Primary Years Curriculum, Middle Years Curriculum and the Senior Years Curriculum.
Territory Preschool Curriculum
‘A curriculum for teachers to implement the five outcomes of the Early Years Learning Framework and supports intentional teaching of language, literacy and numeracy through play based learning’.
- NTBOS Year 10
‘This page contains information for teachers about the Northern Territory Certificate of Education and Training [NTCET] including forms and guidelines; NTBOS Year 10 templates; Stage 1 and 2 information; Other documentation’.
- STEM in
the Territory Strategy 2018-2022
‘The STEM in the Territory Strategy 2018–2022 is a response to the National STEM School Education Strategy and will guide and support schools to prepare students for life-long learning and work by supporting quality STEM education opportunities; ensure all young people in the NT are equipped with coding skills as an emerging essential literacy; implement professional learning opportunities for teachers and trainers in STEM education and pedagogy; and expand enterprise education and innovation programs so students receive advice and training in newly emerging industries’. Download STEM in the Territory Strategy 2018–2022 here.
- Teaching & Learning [Catholic Education
‘Primary Years; Middle Years; Senior Years; Vocational Education and Training; Numeracy; Literacy; Religious Education; NAPLAN Assessment and Reporting; Inclusion Support Services; Aboriginal Education’.
- The Northern Territory
Indigenous Languages and Cultures Curriculum
‘The revised Northern Territory Indigenous Languages and Cultures Curriculum is now complete and available for schools. The curriculum was developed by a reference group led by Indigenous educators from across the Northern Territory. At the heart of the curriculum is cultural knowledge, organised across three strands’.
- NTBOS Publications
‘Annual Reports; Confirmed Minutes; Strategies and Discussion papers’.
Curriculum Bodies in Queensland
- Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority
‘The QCAA is responsible for Kindergarten guideline and senior secondary syllabus development, and for providing resources and services to help teachers develop curriculum, teaching and learning programs from Kindergarten to Year 12. It also provides testing, assessment, moderation, certification and vocational education and training services to Queensland’s education community’.
Curriculum in Queensland
- Australian Curriculum in Queensland
‘Queensland schools plan, teach, assess and report using the Australian Curriculum in Prep – Year 10.Includes P–10 Australian Curriculum Newsletter; Learning Areas; General capabilities; Cross-curriculum priorities; Implementation Advice; Professional development; P-10 Resources Search; Frequently used resources; Career/Work Education’.
- Curriculum [Department of Education]
‘P–12 curriculum, assessment and reporting framework; Respectful relationships education; Curriculum Activity Risk Assessment [CARA] process; Alcohol and other drugs education program; STEM Hub; other areas’.
- ISQ - Educational Performance & Development
Includes a section covering the Australian Curriculum and Progression points which have been developed and implemented by them.
- Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority
Covers curriculum for :
- Kindergarten including the Queensland Kindergarten Learning Guideline [QKLG].
- Prep – Year 10, in which there are multiple sections. There is also a link to the Queensland Curriculum for schools still using Queensland Curriculum until the end of 2020.
- Senior secondary [Queensland Curriculum and Assessment
This section contains information about the new QCE system, including certificates and qualifications; subject syllabuses and resources; internal and external assessment; VET; key dates; the Australian Tertiary Admission Rank [ATAR]; Information for school communities; more.
- Teaching & Learning QCEC
This includes sections on Curriculum; Early Childhood Education; Inclusive Education; Vocational Education and Training plus more.
- News and Data [Queensland Curriculum and Assessment
‘This contains our annual report; brochures and factsheets and newsletters and magazines for students, schools, and parents/carer, memos about actions required by schools; statistics on NAPLAN outcomes, subject enrolments and levels of achievement’.
- Past Curriculum Documents [QCAA]
‘This page contains past curriculum documents. Past Queensland curriculum documents remain a valuable resource, providing guidance for scope and sequence’.
- Reports and Papers
‘This page provides links to QCAA and QSA research reports’.
Curriculum Bodies in South Australia
- SACE Board of South Australia
‘The SACE Board of SA is responsible for the accreditation of subjects, the recognition of learning, and the assessment of student learning that contribute to meeting the completion requirements of the South Australian Certificate of Education [SACE]. The SACE Board provides the SACE to schools in government, independent and Catholic sectors in South Australia’. Covers ‘Teaching the SACE; Coordinating the SACE; Studying the SACE’.
Curriculum in South Australia
- Curriculum [Department for Education]
‘An overview of curriculum taught to South Australia students from birth to Year 10. The national Early Years Learning Framework guides the learning of children from birth to 5 years of age and through the transition to school. It is a guide to the programs in a range of early childhood settings. The Australian Curriculum is taught in government schools for Reception to Year 10 students’.
- Curriculum and
‘Assessment and school reports; Curriculum in South Australian schools; Programs and extra-curricular activities; Learning plans; and Student support programs’.
- Curriculum and Teaching
Department for Education. ‘Curriculum in the Early Years; Primary and Secondary Curriculum; Literacy and Numeracy; Learning Support; Keeping Safe : Child Protection Curriculum; Cultural Context; STEM Learning Strategy; Responding to Drugs and Alcohol; Entrepreneurial Learning; International Education Strategy; Teaching and Learning Resources’.
in the Early Years
‘Curriculum in the early years content outlines a range of programs and projects that support the learning of children from birth to 8 years. You will find information on the frameworks that guide what and how your children are taught and cared for in SA government preschools, schools and child care services’.
- Curriculum in South Australian Schools
‘Curriculum describes the core knowledge, understanding, skills and capabilities students should learn as they progress through school’. Included on the page is information on the Curriculum for Reception to Year 10, Curriculum for Years 10 to 12, Vocational Pathways in Schools, Industry Pathway Programs, Related Information and links to Other websites.
- Curriculum taught in South Australia
‘Early years; Schooling - Reception to Year 10; Years 10 to 12; Keeping Safe : Child Protection Curriculum; Contact’.
- Learning & Teaching [Catholic Education South
‘Our teachers deliver a comprehensive curriculum in their classrooms, supported by school leadership and our parents - in a partnership designed to ensure every student experiences success according to their unique characteristics and talent. Our schools use the Australian Curriculum as the basis for their teaching and learning programs’.
- Making the Australian Curriculum work for us in SA
Leading Learning. ‘A resource for SA schools to support working with the Australian Curriculum, to design engaging and intellectually stretching learning experiences for all students. Provided are a range of stimulus and workshop materials to lead ongoing professional development’.
- SACE and Subject Renewal
‘Subjects in the SACE are regularly renewed to make sure students are learning the skills and capabilities to succeed in the 21st century. During the renewal process we work with educators, industry specialists, students, and the wider community. View the list of subjects currently being renewed’.
- CSER Digital Technologies Education [University of
‘We run a range of Digital Technologies programs for Australian teachers, including our free, online CSER MOOC courses, free professional learning events, and our National Lending Library’.
- Special Provisions
in Curriculum and Assessment Policy [SACE]
‘The SACE Board of South Australia is committed to providing all students with opportunities for success in completing the South Australian Certificate of Education [SACE]’.
Curriculum Bodies in Tasmania
- Office of Tasmanian Assessment, Standards and Certification [TASC]
‘TASC is responsible for the development of appropriate standards, the accreditation of courses, and the assessment and certification of student achievement in senior secondary schooling across all educational sectors in Tasmania. The Courses component is only one of a number of areas’.
Curriculum in Tasmania
- Belonging, Being and Becoming – Early Years Learning Framework
‘The Belonging, Being and Becoming – Early Years Learning Framework has been fully implemented in Tasmanian Kindergartens’.
‘Tasmania has joined all states and territories in endorsing and implementing the Australian Curriculum. Teachers are working with the endorsed Australian Curriculum. View and download information about each of the learning areas on the Australian Curriculum website. Key links are listed’.
- Catholic Education Tasmania
‘Learning and Teaching- Australian Curriculum Contents; Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education; Early Learning; Gifted Education/Extended Learning; Vocational Education and Training’. They also have an F-10 Curriculum page.
- Information for Parents [TASC]
‘TCE course planner; TASC qualifications and certificates; Academic integrity – all my own work; External assessment and exams; Special provisions for exams, link to courses’.
- What will your child
learn in Tasmanian Government Schools ?
Parent Fact Sheet.
Curriculum Bodies in Victoria
- Victorian Curriculum & Assessment Authority
‘Early Years; Foundation-10; Victorian Certificate of Education [VCE]; VCE VET Programs; Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning [VCAL]; Student Guides’.
Curriculum in Victoria
- CECV - Your Child’s Learning - Primary
‘All our schools meet the curriculum, assessment and reporting requirements set by the Victorian and Australian governments. Catholic schools base their curriculum on the Victorian Curriculum F–10, including Towards Foundation Levels A–D, which sets out what every student should learn during their first 11 years of schooling’.
- CECV - Your Child’s Learning - Secondary
‘Catholic schools base their curriculum on the Victorian Curriculum F–10, including Towards Foundation Levels A–D, which sets out what every student should learn during their first 11 years of schooling. Some Catholic secondary schools offer the International Baccalaureate, which includes its Middle Years Programme [students aged 11 to 16] and Diploma Programme [students aged 16 to 19]’.
- Curriculum - School Policy
Education and Training. ‘Overview; Links to related topics in the Curriculum area’.
- Curriculum Planning
Education and Training. ‘Curriculum frameworks and advice; Resources; In practice examples; Additional resources ’.
for Students with Disabilities Policy
Policy, Related Policies; Department Resources; Other resources
- Victorian Early Years Learning
and Development Framework
‘The Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework [VEYLDF] focuses on early experiences and learning from birth, and gives best practice advice to early childhood professionals on ways to support children and families through the first eight years of a child’s life’.
- Victorian Curriculum F-10
‘Sets out what every student should learn during their first eleven years of schooling. It incorporates the Australian Curriculum and reflects Victorian priorities and standards’. A second page for this is found here.
- Curriculum Planning Resource
‘By School; By Curriculum Area; By Year Level; By Unit/Lessons; Resources’.
- Download Curriculum
Use this page to download any or all curriculum documents.
- Frequently asked Questions
- VCAL Curriculum
‘The VCAL has four curriculum areas, called strands. For further information about VCAL, contact the VCAL unit’.
- VCE Curriculum
‘Study Designs; International Programs; Higher Education Studies; FAQs; General Advice and Policy; I want to . . .; Northern Hemisphere Timetable; Student Guides’.
- VCE VET Programs
‘VCE VET programs are VET qualifications approved by the VCAA following consultation with schools, industry and training providers. They lead to nationally recognised qualifications and provide an opportunity for students to receive credit towards their VCE or VCAL’.
- Previous curricula
Covers, and has links to, ‘AusVELS [2013-2016], Victorian Essential Learning Standards [VELS] [2005-2013] and Curriculum and Standards Framework [1995-2005]’.
‘ Applying the FISO Improvement Model to Year 6 - 7 transition; Applying the Improvement Cycle to Year 6 - 7 transitions; Applying the Continua of Practice for School Improvement to Year 6 - 7 transitions; Using the curriculum as a framework for Year 6 - 7 transition planning; Addressing the gender differences in Years 6-7 literacy and numeracy outcome’.
Curriculum Bodies in Western Australia
- School Curriculum and Standards Authority [SCSA]
‘The School Curriculum and Standards Authority is responsible for Kindergarten to Year 12 curriculum, assessment, standards and reporting for all Western Australian schools. The Authority; Kindergarten to Year 10; Years 11 and 12; Student Information; Parents and Community; International Schools; Publications; Events; Forms. To keep up to date, subscribe to our monthly online circulars [available from the home page]’. The FAQS page is helpful.
Curriculum in Western Australia
- Learning and Wellbeing [CEWA]
Includes Diverse Learning, Wellbeing and Safety and Learning programs which incorporates Curriculum K-12
- The Anglican Schools Commission - Curriculum
‘Western Australian Anglican Schools Commission schools meet all requirements of the Western Australian Curriculum Council and offer a comprehensive range of subjects to students in accordance with the WA Curriculum Framework. The curriculum follows a developmental sequence from Kindergarten through to Year 10. At Years 11 and 12, students are able to undertake a comprehensive range of Tertiary Entrance subjects. They are also able to undertake vocational courses and school-based apprenticeships’.
- Western Australian Curriculum
[Department of Education]
Overview covering the Kindergarten to Year 10 curriculum and information about the Western Australian Certificate of Education.
- Western Australian
Pre-primary to Year 10. ‘The Western Australian curriculum encompasses ACARA’s Australian curriculum English, Mathematics and Science. In addition, year-level syllabuses for Humanities and Social Sciences, Health and Physical Education, Technologies, The Arts and Languages remain broadly consistent with the Australian curriculum but have been contextualised to make them more suitable for Western Australian students and teachers’.
- K-10 Outline
‘For all students from Kindergarten to Year 10. It sets out the mandated curriculum, guiding principles for teaching, learning and assessment and support for teachers in their assessment and reporting of student achievement’.
- Guiding Principles
‘The Guiding Principles for Western Australian Schools promote equity and excellence in Western Australian schools’.
Done in calendar years to 2023 with implementation position clearly indicated
- The Kindergarten Curriculum Guidelines
This includes The Early Years Learning Framework. You can download multiple documents about the Framework from this site.
- Year 11 and 12 [SCSA]
‘Find materials and information relating to Years 11 and 12 including :’
- Further Resources
Be sure to check this section in the top menu. It includes manuals, handbooks, videos, background information and much more.
- Overview of the changes to the WACE
- Syllabus and Support
‘Syllabus and Support Materials; Learning Areas and Courses’.
- Vocational Education and Training
Includes VET Industry Specific Courses; VET Accredited Courses; Endorsed Programs; and Resources and Links.
‘Schools who plan to implement a curriculum that is different to the P-10 Western Australian Curriculum and/or a different method of reporting student achievement, must apply to the School Curriculum and Standards Authority [the Authority] to seek recognition’.
- Curriculum Change in Western
‘This paper traces the history and the nature of curriculum change in the lower secondary education system in Western Australian State High schools. The paper begins with a discussion of the nature of change, including a definition of how change is viewed in terms of this paper’.
- Curriculum Framework for Kindergarten to Year 12 Education in Western Australia
‘The document is designed for use in conjunction with the “Outcomes and Standards Framework Overview - Student Outcome Statements”  published by the Education Department of Western Australia’.
- Review of the
Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting policy and procedures [CAR]
Department of Education, 2019. ‘Differences between CAR 2015 and the new CAR in public schools policy and procedures ’.
The following link to curriculums from other countries.
- Alberta Education - Programs of Study
‘Alberta’s Early Childhood Services [ECS] to Grade 12 curriculum is outlined in provincial programs of study, which identify what students are expected to learn and do in all subjects and grades’.
- British Columbia - New Curriculum
‘Sets education standards for students in grades K to 12 through the provincial curriculum. These are called Prescribed Learning Outcomes [PLOs]. PLOs outline the expectations for what students should know and be able to do at each grade and within each subject area. Additional information can be found on our previous curriculum website’.
- The Ontario Curriculum
‘Elementary level. Information given by Grade and by Subject’. Additional information link for education at levels from Child Care to Adult Learning.
Curriculum & Learning Resources. Individual areas including documents, related documents, resources, links to further Saskatchewan curriculum information.
- The New Zealand Curriculum
‘The National Curriculum is composed of The New Zealand Curriculum and Te Marautanga o Aotearoa which set the direction for student learning and provide guidance for schools as they design and review their curriculum. Although both come from different perspectives, each start with a vision of young people developing the competencies they need for study, work, and lifelong learning, so they may go on to realise their potential’. Downloads available - Curriculum; Revised technologies area; Curriculum achievement objectives by level.
- The NZ Curriculum Online
‘This site offers information, resources, news, advice, and guidance, inspiring school stories, practical ideas, research reports, how to get support, and much, much more’.
- Curriculum and Subjects [Primary]
‘The primary school curriculum is designed to give children of school-going age a strong foundation in learning. Learn about the school syllabus, subjects and programmes. Overview; Mother Tongue languages; Subjects and syllabuses; Subject-based banding; Learning support’.
- Courses and subjects for Secondary Schools
‘Courses are pathways that shape a student’s journey through secondary school. Each course offers a suite of subjects catering to students’ strengths and interests. Eligible students can transfer between courses, or take certain subjects at a higher level through subject-based banding. Explore courses and subjects and learn about educational pathways in our Secondary Schools Education booklet’.
- England - National Curriculum
‘The national curriculum for England to be taught in all local-authority-maintained schools. Curriculum by Key Stages; Programmes of Study by subject; Other curriculum subjects; Curriculum assessment; Curriculum interviews’. Covers all levels.
- Northern Ireland - Curriculum [CCEA]
‘The Northern Ireland Curriculum was introduced in 2007 and covers all 12 years of compulsory education. It’s a curriculum that focuses on the learning process and learners’ needs, as well as their knowledge, understanding and skills’. Aim and Objectives; Skills and Capabilities; Areas of Learning; Learning Experiences; Attitudes and Dispositions; Assessment. Links to other areas on the larger site.
- Scotland - School Curriculum and Qualifications
‘The Curriculum for Excellence [CfE] is the national curriculum used from nursery to secondary school. It was implemented in 2010. It comprises a broad general education up to the end of S3 [third year in secondary] followed by a senior phase of learning from S4 to S6. Emphasis is placed on inter-disciplinary learning, skills development and encouraging personal achievement’. Links to a range of further information.
- Wales - Curriculum and Assessment
‘Curriculum for Wales; Curriculum for Wales 2008; Curriculum Plans; Curriculum Reviews. Current school curriculum.’.
- Wales - Education is changing
‘The biggest change is a new curriculum for schools and funded non-maintained settings [ ] in Wales from September 2022. It will affect all schools other than independent schools. The curriculum has been made in Wales but shaped by the best ideas from around the world. The new curriculum will be taught in all schools and funded non-maintained settings up to Year 7 from September 2022. It will then roll out year by year until it includes Year 11 by 2026’.
United States [USA]
- Common Core State Standards Initiative
‘To ensure all students are ready for success after high school, the Common Core State Standards establish clear, consistent guidelines for what every student should know and be able to do in maths and English language arts from kindergarten through 12th grade’. Multiple sections.
- Edinformatics - US Curriculum
‘Every state [e.g. California] and most major US cities [e.g. Philadelphia] are developing their own curriculum frameworks. Most have the completed frameworks online’. Also has links to other curriculum bodies and numerous educational databases.
- Why Does Every State In The U.S.
Have A Different Educational Curriculum ?
TeAchnology. ‘At present, the state curriculum is developed by the state with the help of education experts, school system, school administrators and teachers themselves. A curriculum guide is often presented on the district level. The teachers often have the upper hand on developing the modules of what they will be included in their teachings’. Links to all state education departments. Use this to find curriculum information for each state.
- International Baccalaureate ®
This group operates several programs for different age groups with a curriculum which is not necessarily the same as that in standard schools.
- Montessori Curriculum & Program
‘Programs at our Montessori schools are defined by the practical application of sensory-based and self-directed learning through the authentic Montessori Method’.
- Positive Education Enhanced
‘PEEC is research-based explicit Positive Education curriculum that has been developmentally sequenced from Early Learning [age four] through to Year 12. The curriculum is built on ten years of experience with Positive Education at Geelong Grammar School and is designed in consultation with world-renowned researchers in the field of positive psychology’.
- Curriculum - Rudolf Steiner School
‘At the Rudolf Steiner School, we integrate the arts in all academic disciplines for children from preschool through twelfth grade to create a comprehensive educational experience’. There is an Australian Steiner Curriculum Framework ‘developed in response to the 2009 Federal Government’s proposal to create a mandatory Australian Curriculum for all schools’.
‘Supporting the professional interests of educators in curriculum work from all levels and sectors within and beyond Australia’. Publications, IDEAS, Projects, Awards, Conferences, Webinars, Events.
- Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development
‘A global community dedicated to excellence in learning, teaching, and leading’. Their journal Educational Leadership is worth considering. They also have a range of webinars available to members
- Australasian Curriculum Assessment Certification Authorities
‘National body for the chief executives of the statutory bodies in the Australian States and Territories and New Zealand responsible for curriculum, assessment certification in education’.
‘CCR brings together non-governmental organisations, jurisdictions, academic institutions, corporations, and organisations including foundations’. NSW and Victoria are members.
UNESCO. Use the filter options to refine what you are looking for.
- Kraus Curriculum Development Library
‘Searchable microfiche database of curricula brings together educational objectives, content, instructional strategies, evaluative techniques for all subjects covered in Pre K-12 and Adult Basic Education’. Fee-based or access via a group or organisation.
For all educational journals, see the Education Journals page.