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    Minister for Education and Training
    The Honourable Geoff Wilson


    Minister for Education and Training
    The Honourable Geoff Wilson

    Monday, March 01, 2010


    Education and Training Minister Geoff Wilson has welcomed the draft National Curriculum released by the Federal Government today.

    “The Bligh Government supports the development of a high quality National Curriculum and I’m pleased to see this process moving forward,” Mr Wilson said.

    “Queensland has been heavily involved in the development of the national curriculum through our representatives on the Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA).

    “It has been a two-year process and today marks the release of the proposed curriculum for the first four subject areas – maths, English, science and history.

    “The development of the National Curriculum will help ensure consistency of learning throughout Australia.

    “It will also be helpful for those 80,000 students who move interstate each year.”

    Mr Wilson said the draft curriculum focused on the fundamentals of literacy and numeracy.

    “Here in Queensland we are already increasing our focus on these key learning areas because we know they are critical skills for students,” he said.

    “We also have a strong focus on teacher professional development, particularly in these subject areas.

    “We want to make sure our teachers have all the confidence, knowledge and skills they need to effectively teach these subjects.

    “That’s why we have literacy and numeracy coaches now on the ground in schools, helping staff further develop their literacy and numeracy teaching skills.

    “Our 100 specialist science teachers and 15 regional science managers are doing the same in science.”

    Mr Wilson said a solid understanding of history was vital for students, and he supported its inclusion in the National Curriculum.

    “It’s important that students are exposed to a broad range of perspectives when it comes to studying our nation’s history,” he said.

    “I look forward to hearing feedback from the community around the proposed National Curriculum.

    “I would encourage all parents, educators and interested community members to have a look at the draft and have their say.”

    The draft can be found at

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