When policies are reviewed it’s often the case that key stakeholders are left out of the process, so with the NESA curriculum review looming the IEUA NSW/ACT is demanding their members be involved in consultations.
The senior curriculum in NSW is currently under significant development. English, Maths, Science and History have been reconfigured, with other subjects to follow.
The need for a further revamp is questionable according to Gloria Taylor Acting Secretary IEUA and any change must be predicated upon negotiated support for classroom teachers.
Turning a corner in NSW education is complex and agreed developments take time, resources and professional development.
The IEU does not oppose the review but consultation with the profession is paramount.
“Developing curriculum and implementing it must be the domain of teachers,” she said.
The NESA curriculum review, announced by the NSW Premier Rob Stokes last week, must keep the professionals who deliver the curriculum at the forefront of deliberations.
While not wishing to pre-empt the findings of the review, certain matters are emerging that may warrant change.
“The notion of standardised tests, like NAPLAN, leading to pedagogical change and improved student outcomes has been discredited,” Taylor said.
“Standardised testing is not aligned to the curriculum and as a consequence not aligned to what is being taught,” Taylor said.
“Rather, assessment implemented by classroom teachers based on their observations in the classroom, with the capacity for benchmarking, will assist teachers and students more.”
The Secret Agent Society program uses games to teach children about relationships and interaction. And it works, with the program winning the prestigious CRC Association Awards for Excellence in Innovation Read More
New research from Edith Cowan University has uncovered what students really want in the classroom and it’s quite different from what you might have expected. Read More
How much of a story can you tell with 10 words? Well that was 11 and not much story there so it’s a challenge which students can take on in the name of promoting Australian books. Read More
For any artist looking to get their name out there the 2019 Youth Touring program would be a great start; in 2018 it will put on 240 performances for 30,000 kids in classrooms and community groups in Queensland. Read More
IDP Education, a provider of international student placement services, and Cognizant have built a global platform that aims to digitally support students to access global study and career pathways. Read More