Teachers not with curriculum

COFFS Coast parents have the chance to voice their opinion on the newly unveiled Federal Government’s draft national curriculum while teachers are disappointed it was developed with little consultation.

The curriculum, which outlines education outcomes for kindergarten to Year 10 for English, maths, science and history, is now available online ( www.acara.edu.au) for public consultation until May 23.

“Teachers, who are trained and experienced in development and implementation of curriculum, have been sidelined,” the NSW Teachers’ Federation said in a statement yesterday.

“Whilst a consultation period has been announced, it is within a very limited timeframe . . . the implications for teachers are enormous. This is an unprecedented wholesale change in curriculum which impacts immediately on all teachers in primary schools and eventually all secondary teachers.”

Education Minister Julia Gillard said parents and educators had been calling for a national curriculum for more than 30 years.

“It’s a good thing for those 80,000 students who move interstate each year who have to confront a new curriculum as well as a new school,” she said in a statement on Sunday.

“It’s a good thing for teachers to be able to share resources . . . rather than having to separately reinvent the wheel in every State and Territory.”

Ms Gillard said teachers may require some professional development to be able to teach the new curriculum.

For the next three months, 150 Australian schools will road test the document and its final version will be implemented Australia-wide next year.

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