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    Minister for Education and Training and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Rod Welford

    New curriculum framework for Queensland state schools

    Minister for Education and Training and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Rod Welford

    Wednesday, October 08, 2008

    New curriculum framework for Queensland state schools

    Education and Training Minister Rod Welford today announced the release of a new over-arching curriculum framework for Queensland state schools to support schools to deliver world-class education.

    Mr Welford said the P-12 Curriculum Framework for Queensland state schools consisted of a set of policies and guidelines showing teachers and schools how to implement curriculum across all years of schooling.

    “This framework will be the key reference for schools in setting goals, planning, teaching and monitoring students’ progress,” Mr Welford said.

    “It sets out clear requirements, expectations and principles of teaching and learning. It acknowledges the teacher’s critical role in delivering the best possible learning outcomes for students.

    “It recognises that students need multiple opportunities to learn something new by engaging with it in different ways or a variety of contexts.

    “Students have a range of learning styles and learn at different rates so teachers must present new material using a variety of strategies to ensure that all students will learn what they need to know. And when student learning is not progressing, teachers need to look at what they can do differently to engage students.”

    Mr Welford said the P-12 Curriculum Framework replaced the Years 1-10 Curriculum Framework for Education Queensland Schools, which was distributed to state schools in 2001. It reflects the significant changes in curriculum expectations and accountabilities since 2001, including:

    • the implementation of the Prep Year
    • the move from outcomes-based education to the Queensland Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Framework Essential Learnings and Standards in Years 1-9
    • the changed position of Year 10 as the foundation year of the Senior Phase of Learning
    • the introduction of the Queensland Certificate of Education, and reporting to parents using a common five-point scale.

    “Schools need to be very clear about the understandings and skills they value and those they want their students to demonstrate. It requires a focus in each classroom in every lesson, every day, on developing a deep understanding in every student of the key concepts in each learning area.

    “Educated and informed citizens, who can apply their skills and knowledge in innovative ways, will help Queensland to meet future social, economic and environmental challenges.”

    Mr Welford said the P-12 Curriculum Framework was a dynamic document which would undergo regular updates as further national and state policies and priorities were introduced.

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