The Department of Education and Communities has put together a number of online training courses to guide staff through the implementation of the New NSW Syllabus' incorporating the Australian Curriculum. There are a number of generic online modules that would be useful for all staff, regardless of faculty. There are also a number of online modules available specifically for staff from English, Maths, Science and History. These can be accessed through the staff portal. From the staff portal (staff.det.nsw.edu.au), click on Curriculum resources, click on AC - NSW syllabuses for the Australian Curriculum, and then click on Professional Learning. The generic course are:
The learner and the new curriculum
Teaching and the new curriculum
For help accessing the courses, view the access guide.
The General Capabilities have been developed by ACARA and then incorporated into the new NSW syllabus documents. These are:
- Critical and creative thinking
- Ethical understanding
- Information and communication technology capability
- Intercultural understanding
- Personal and social capability
In developing your programs you should consider lesson ideas and activity that develop a range of these capabilities.
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Project Based Learning and the Australian Curriculum "General Capabilities"
Australian Curriculum and the General Capabilities - the role of the Teacher Librarian
Cross curriculum priorities have been developed by ACARA and incorporated into the new NSW syllabus documents. These are:
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures
- Asia and Australia's engagement with Asia
Other learning across the curriculum
Other areas have been identified by the Board of Studies for attention in NSW. These are:
- Civic and Citizenship
- Difference and diversity
- Work and enterprise
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Book lists for the Australian Curriculum Cross Curriculum Priorities.
Some important aspects of the new syllabuses include the provision of resources and more detailed guidance for teaching students with a variety of needs.
Planning for diversity
Student diversity and the Australian Curriculum
Meeting the needs of all students
Adjustments and the Australian Curriculum
Students with disabilities
Examples of adjustments for students with disabilities are currently being developed and should be available soon for examination.
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