English - Foundation to Year 12

Foundation to Year 10 Australian Curriculum

The Australian Curriculum in English includes:
The study of English is central to the learning and development of all young Australians. It is through the study of English that individuals learn to analyse, understand, communicate with and build relationships with others and with the world around them.

Implementing the Foundation to Year 10 Australian Curriculum

Schools, states and territories are responsible for implementation of the F-10 Australian Curriculum. Each state and territory has its own implementation plan, along with support programs for teachers. Further information about the implementation plans and programs of the F-10 Australian Curriculum: English for each state or territory can be found in the following summary of implementation, or by contacting your local school or education authority.

Writing of the Foundation to Year 10 Australian Curriculum

The writing of the F-10 Australian Curriculum: English commenced in 2009 with expert writers and advisory group members. The content for the F-10 Australian Curriculum: English was published in December 2010, following extensive consultation with a wide range of stakeholders, critical friend review and international benchmarking. It was developed with reference to the Shape of the Australian Curriculum: English (2009) and the Curriculum Design Paper v 2.2. Following validation of the F-10 achievement standards during 2011, the final F-10 Australian Curriculum: English (content and achievement standards) was published at the end of 2011 on the Australian Curriculum website www.australiancurriculum.edu.au.

English F-10 Development Timeline

english foundation development timeline

Senior Secondary Curriculum

Implementing the senior secondary Australian Curriculum

State and territory curriculum, assessment and certification authorities are responsible for how senior secondary courses are organised, and they will determine how the Australian Curriculum content and achievement standards are to be integrated into their courses. The state and territory authorities will also determine the assessment and certification specifications for those courses and any additional information, guidelines and rules to satisfy local requirements including advice on entry and exit points and credit for completed study. For more information, contact your local state or territory education authority.

Writing of the senior secondary Australian Curriculum

The writing of the senior secondary Australian Curriculum: English was developed with reference to Shape of the Australian Curriculum: English (2009) and the Curriculum Design Paper v 2.2 .

Australian Curriculum has been written for four senior secondary subjects within the English learning area. These are:

  • English

  • English as an Additional Language or Dialect

  • Essential English

  • Literature

The writing of the senior secondary Australian Curriculum commenced in 2009 with expert writers and advisory group members. An initial draft of the senior secondary English subjects was published for national consultation in 2010. Consultation meetings were held throughout June and July 2010 and many groups made submissions. Following consultation and in response to that feedback, writing recommenced in May 2011 and a national forum was held in August 2011. The recommendations of all the stakeholders were incorporated into the documents and further consultation with curriculum authorities and professional associations were undertaken prior to the release of the draft senior secondary Australian Curriculum for national public consultation between May and July 2012. The consultation feedback (see Consultation Report) along with national and international feedback contributed to further revisions and consultation with state and territory education authorities in August and September 2012. Final revised and quality assured documents were approved by the Standing Council of Ministers in December 2012. The final senior secondary curriculum is published on the Australian Curriculum website www.australiancurriculum.edu.au.

The senior secondary Australian Curriculum for English incorporates:

  • a statement of rationale and a set of aims

  • content descriptions that specify what students are to be taught across four units (and four bridging units in EALD)

  • achievement standards that describe the quality of learning expected of students at five levels for each pair of units (1 and 2; 3 and 4).

The senior secondary Australian Curriculum for English:

  • has been subject to extensive and sustained consultation during its development

  • has been reviewed against curricula of leading nations during the development process

  • sets challenging standards

  • does not overload the curriculum but encourages the pursuit of deeper learning.

Senior Secondary English Development Timeline

senior secondary english development timeline

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