This is the final report for 2017 and I would like to take the opportunity to wish everyone a safe, relaxing and restorative festive season.
Dr Fiona Mueller left her position as Director, Curriculum in November and I am sure I speak on behalf of staff and stakeholders in acknowledging what an impact she made on improving the learning of all young Australians in her time at ACARA. Her unwavering dedication to students at the centre of Curriculum's work was inspirational for those who worked with her in the office and those in our many stakeholder groups.
The Curriculum unit at ACARA continues to support stakeholders in their implementation of the Australian Curriculum on request, while undertaking a program of research to inform future refinement of the curriculum. In October the unit hosted the annual meeting of Australian Alliance of Associations in Education (AAAE) at the ACARA Sydney office. This was an opportunity for representatives from a range of professional associations to provide input into some key questions about the purpose of curriculum and what students should learn.
ACARA's Curriculum Directors' meeting, hosted by the Department of Education in Hobart in late October, was complemented by a workshop on the Australian Curriculum Achievement Standards. The Curriculum Directors also explored those same key questions which will guide refinement of the Australian Curriculum.
A range of other curriculum activities are described in the reports below.
As always, please ensure that this Curriculum Activity Report retains its original format if it is circulated, and please share it with anyone you believe may be interested to read about our work.
Acting Director, Curriculum
The full report can be downloaded here