Minister for Education, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, along with state and territory education ministers have taken the important first step towards improving the Australian Curriculum today in Canberra.
All ministers have agreed to refer the recommendations relating to overcrowding of the curriculum, parental engagement, accessibility for students with a disability and rebalancing the curriculum, outlined in the Australian Government’s initial response to the review, to the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA), the body that oversees the curriculum, for advice.
ACARA will report to the Education Ministers’ council at its first meeting in 2015.
Mr Pyne said this was an important agreement on the future of the Australian Curriculum following the review completed earlier in the year.
“This agreement is an important first step in strengthening our curriculum and a victory for practical, common-sense reform,” Mr Pyne said.
“Australia’s curriculum authority will have a key role in implementing any possible changes agreed to by the council and over the summer months ACARA will consider the review and report back early next year.”
“A strong national curriculum is a foundation of the top performing education systems around the world and a key pillar in the Australian Government’s Students First policy.”
“The curriculum should never be viewed as a static document, it is necessary to ensure it is the best it can be and the review of the curriculum makes many common-sense recommendations and was widely welcomed.”
“I look forward to continuing the genuine open discussion with my state and territory colleagues about how to progress the recommendations of the curriculum review.”
“Along with expanding school autonomy, lifting the activities and involvement of parents within their child’s school and improving the standard of teacher education, ensuring we have a robust curriculum is how the Australian Government is putting students first,” he said.
The Government’s Students First approach focusses on four areas to make a difference to students:
•engaging parents in education
•strengthening the curriculum.
For more information, including viewing the Australian Government’s initial response or the final report to the Review of the Australian Curriculum visit: http://www.studentsfirst.gov. au/review-australian-curriculum