Late last year, Education Council tasked ACARA with undertaking a review of the Foundation to Year 10 Australian Curriculum. The review is, once again, charged with “addressing an overcrowded curriculum” and “lifting Australia’s performance in literacy,numeracy and science”. For those involved in education for any length of time this aim seems vaguely familiar.
In endorsing the Terms of Reference and timelines for the review today, Ministers have asked that ACARA consider how to:
- refine and reduce the amount of content across all eight learning areas of the Australian Curriculum F–10, with a priority on the primary years, to focus on essential content or core concepts;
- improve the quality of content descriptions and achievement standards by removing ambiguity and unnecessary duplication, and ensuring consistency and clarity of language and cognitive demand;
- rationalise and improve content elaborations, ensuring they are fit for purpose and they suggest to teachers the most authentic ways to treat general capabilities and cross curriculum priorities when teaching the learning area content; and
- improve the digital presentation of the Australian Curriculum in line with agreed content changes and user experience.
The Terms of Reference for the review and accompanying support documentation are published on the ACARA website. There will be opportunities for input into the review in early 2021 with the revised curriculum, if approved by Ministers, scheduled for adoption from the beginning of 2022.