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Preparing schools for the new QCE system

To help schools prepare and plan for the new QCE system, QCAA has developed resources and activities for teachers and curriculum leaders to learn about the new quality assurance processes and familiarise themselves with the new General syllabuses.

Syllabus orientation


QCAA is providing fully-funded workshops for teachers of General syllabuses that will cover unit planning, teaching and learning, and assessment using the redeveloped syllabuses. Teachers will have the opportunity to map a sequence of learning and assessment using the syllabus and support materials, as well as discuss the significance of the syllabus construct for teaching and learning. The workshops will take place across the state from July 2017 for more than 24,000 participants.

Workshops for most General subjects will be one day in duration, with some new or significantly redeveloped subjects requiring two days. These subjects include: Business, Design, Digital Technology, Food and Nutrition, and Psychology.

Please contact your school’s administration office regarding attendance at these workshops.

Online modules

These modules provide background information on the senior assessment and tertiary entrance reforms, as well as the underpinning construct and design features of the new and redeveloped General syllabuses.

Teachers registered to attend a General syllabus workshop will receive an email from QCAA with a link to the modules six weeks prior to the date of their workshop. Those teachers are encouraged to prepare for their workshop by completing the online syllabus orientation modules which take approximately 45 to 60 minutes to complete.

All other senior teachers are also encouraged to view the modules in the School Portal.

If you cannot access the School Portal please follow the login help instructions.

Curriculum and assessment planning

QCAA is conducting workshops for senior secondary curriculum leaders to assist them to anticipate and plan for the changes associated with a more defined syllabus, quality assurance for school-based assessment, and the introduction of external assessment.

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