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The Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA) P–10 Australian Curriculum newsletter provides current curriculum information, and highlights the range of resources and professional learning opportunities the QCAA provides to support curriculum implementation.

Australian Curriculum website

Australian Curriculum new website

The new Australian Curriculum website went live on 12 July 2017. The new-look website responds to user feedback received by ACARA. It features:

  • an updated look and feel
  • content that is easier to find through a new ‘filter’ option on the homepage
  • greater prominence of parent and student diversity information.

There is no change to the actual curriculum, just how it is presented. The webpage address is unchanged and all links to curriculum and resources have been maintained through automatic redirects.

Users of the older version (7.5) of the Australian Curriculum will be able to access this from a link on the homepage until the end of 2017.

Support for digital technologies

The Australian Government released the National Innovation and Science Agenda (NISA) on 7 December 2015. $64.6 million has been committed to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education initiatives, aimed at ensuring all Australian students have the opportunity to embrace the digital age and develop the STEM skills they need for the jobs of tomorrow. The NISA initiative has championed a number of exciting projects to support digital technologies. Projects include:

  • the Digital Technologies Hub, which provides support for the Australian Curriculum Digital Technologies with lesson plans, case studies, advice for school leaders, and activities for students and families. The hub also provides opportunities for computing challenges and competitions. New resources include: assessments, scope and sequences, and webinars.
  • the CSER Digital Technologies MOOC program, created by the Computer Science Education Research Group (CSER), based at the University of Adelaide in the School of Computer Science. This well-established program provides open, free online professional learning in Digital Technologies for Australian teachers.
  • digIT, a six-month program that combines two residential camps and a mentoring program for Year 8 and 9 students. Central to these camps is the development of algorithmic thinking and coding skills. In a fun and supportive environment, the students will grow in confidence and ability while expanding their critical thinking, programming and problem-solving skills.

Professional learning program

Literacy and numeracy workshops

Limited spaces are still available in the remaining Literacy and Numeracy workshops for 2017. The workshops are developed to target aspects of literacy and numeracy as identified in statewide NAPLAN data. In Term 4 QCAA officers are heading to each district. Topics for this workshop series include:


  • Motivating students to engage in writing in Prep–Year 2
  • Extending writing skills in Years 7–9


  • Building confidence in number in Prep–Year 2
  • Making measurement meaningful in Years 3–6

Assessment in the Arts: Prep–Year 6 Australian Curriculum

The Arts curriculum engages students’ creativity, exploration, experimentation and critical thinking across a range of cultures and contexts to communicate ideas. This new workshop offering provides participants with the opportunity to develop their assessment knowledge and skills in relation to critical aspects of the Australian Curriculum: The Arts.

This is a limited series, so don’t miss out! Dates, location and registration are available online.

Learning area webinars

Due to popular demand, the QCAA is repeating the series of webinars designed to support schools preparing to implement the Australian Curriculum in HASS, Technologies and The Arts. The webinars unpack curriculum content and achievement standards to build teachers’ understanding of these learning areas. Register online.

Webinar dates
9 Oct

Prep–Year 2 Digital Technologies

Years 7–10 Performing Arts subjects

10 Oct

Prep–Year 2 Performing Arts subjects

Years 3–6 Digital Technologies

11 Oct

Years 3–6 Performing Arts subjects

Years 7–10 Digital Technologies

17 Oct

Prep–Year 2 Design and Technologies

Years 7–10 Visual Arts subjects

18 Oct

Prep–Year 2 Visual Arts subjects

Years 3–6 Design and Technologies

19 Oct

Years 3–6 Visual Arts subjects

Years 7–10 Design and Technologies

31 Oct Prep–Year 2 Visual Arts subjects
09 Nov Years 3–4 HASS
16 Nov Years 5–6 HASS

Conference for special schools: Navigating the Australian Curriculum and assessment for students with disabilities

Conference focus

  • national and international data and research trends for students with moderate to severe intellectual impairment
  • Australian Curriculum and assessment for students with disabilities
  • professional networking and sharing opportunities.

Announcing keynote presenter: Bree Jimenez

  • works nationally and internationally with school systems and government departments
  • Special Education Research Consultant with Mater Dei Special School, Camden, New South Wales
  • Honorary Research Associate in Special Education with the Faculty of Education and Social Work at the University of Sydney.

Please note that this conference is for leaders and teachers from special schools only.

Student-free days in 2018

Have you considered your professional learning program for 2018? The QCAA provides competitively priced, custom-designed professional learning tailored to the needs of your school or cluster. Examples of topics the QCAA can deliver include:

  • Australian Curriculum: planning and assessment and learning areas
  • literacy across phases of learning
  • numeracy across phases of learning
  • early years.

Student-free days are the most popular in the calendar and enquiries are coming in. Don’t miss out!

To discuss the opportunity to design a workshop specific to your needs, please complete and submit a request for professional development services form.

Book review

Visible Learning for Literacy book

Fisher, D., Frey, N. & Hattie, J. (2016). Visible Learning for Literacy, Grades K–12: Implementing the practices that work best to accelerate student learning, Corwin Press Thousand Oaks, CA.

Visible Learning for Literacy, a collaboration between Fisher, Frey and Hattie, is an accessible and practical teacher reference that outlines tangible strategies to maximise student literacy outcomes. The text succinctly outlines the groundwork required to enable visible learning for literacy, including the evidence base, classroom conditions and general literacy learning practices. It explains that the concept of visible learning for literacy is framed around three phases of learning: surface, deep and transfer phases. The text explores strategies that provide greatest effect at each phase of learning. Strategies are clearly described, applying Hattie’s ‘Barometer of Influence’ (2009) to classroom practices, using dozens of classroom scenarios. The text is enhanced by videos easily accessed via QR codes, which provide actual examples of the practices in classroom contexts.

QCAA’s Jen Ballin, Principal Project Officer (Literacy), with Professor Douglas Fisher

QCAA’s Jen Ballin, Principal Project Officer (Literacy), recently met one of the authors of Visible Learning for Literacy Professor Douglas Fisher at the Australian Council for Educational Leaders (ACEL) workshop in Melbourne. Professor Fisher was in Australia to talk about the book. His workshop outlined high-impact literacy approaches that support schools to accelerate student learning across the curriculum.

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