Kto10 Circulars – Edition 1 February 2023


Notification of communications to schools 2023

Patricia Dunnett
(08) 9273 6794

All schools should note two letters sent to principals by the Board Chair, Mrs Pauline White with key themes and priorities for 2023. A copy of those letters can be found via the following link:

https://scsa.wa.edu.au/publications/communication-to-schools under ‘Letters sent to schools – 2023’.

For more details, please refer to the relevant letters to schools or contact Patricia Dunnett.

Teaching And Learning

Consultation on proposed revisions to Australian Curriculum Languages – Arabic, Hindi, Turkish and Vietnamese

Adriana Douglas
(08) 9273 6784

The Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) have released proposed revisions to the Australian Curriculum: Languages -Arabic, Hindi, Turkish and Vietnamese, for Foundation to Year 10, as part of the Australian Curriculum review. Registration is now open for consultation workshops.

Materials can be accessed from the following link on the School Curriculum and Standards Authority (the Authority) website: https://k10outline.scsa.wa.edu.au/home/teaching/consultation-on-proposed-revisions-to-australian-curriculum-languages.

The Authority has scheduled consultation workshops to assist teachers to unpack the documents and to collect feedback to inform the Western Australian jurisdictional feedback to ACARA.

Registrations are now open for the consultation workshops.

Languages consultation workshop: Primary and Secondary

Thursday, 2 March 1.00 – 3.00 pm, online via Webex (a link will be sent to registered participants the day before)


Languages consultation workshop: Primary and Secondary

Thursday, 2 March 4.00 – 6.00 pm, online via Webex (a link will be sent to registered participants the day before)


Feedback on the proposed revisions is invited via the Authority’s survey link until: 10am Monday, 6 March 2023: survey link

Release of the revised Belonging, Being and Becoming: The Early Years Learning Framework

Rose Smith
(08) 9273 6346

School Leaders and Early Childhood teachers are advised of the release of the updated Belonging, Being and Becoming: The Early Years Learning Framework for Australia V2.0, 2022 (EYLF) by the Australian Government.

The Authority will be able to finalise the draft Kindergarten Curriculum Guidelines (the Guidelines) and the Pre-primary–Year 2 resources. The Guidelines (https://k10outline.scsa.wa.edu.au/home/teaching/kindergarten-curriculum-guidelines) support educators to develop Kindergarten curriculum for Western Australian children. It is based on the key ideas and related content from the EYLF and supports teachers to construct curriculum to ensure that all children in Kindergarten experience quality teaching and learning.

The Belonging, Being and Becoming: The Early Years Learning Framework can be located on the Authority website at https://k10outline.scsa.wa.edu.au/home/teaching/early-years-learning-framework.

Information session for the development of Judging Standards Materials for Years 9 and 10 Languages (7–10 sequence)

Sonia Low
(08) 9273 6725

The School Curriculum and Standards Authority (the Authority) has developed Year 9 and Year 10 Assessment Tasks for schools and is seeking expressions of interest from teachers of Languages who would like to be involved in the development of Judging Standards Materials and administer the tasks during Semester 1, 2023.

The Judging Standards Materials include the Assessment Pointers, Achievement Standard and Annotated Work Samples for each year, and for each of the following Languages: Chinese: Second Language,
French: Second Language, German: Second Language, Indonesian: Second Language, Italian: Second Language and Japanese: Second Language.

The information session is designed to:

  • provide teachers with the assessment tasks and marking keys
  • discuss the timeline for administration and collection of assessment task samples
  • answer any queries from teachers about the tasks or process.

The online information sessions will be held for individual language subjects from 3.45 pm to 5.15 pm on the following days:

Tuesday, 21 February 2023

German: Second Language

Wednesday, 22 February 2023

Japanese: Second Language

Thursday, 23 February 2023

French: Second Language

Thursday, 23 February 2023

Indonesian: Second Language

Thursday, 23 February 2023

Italian: Second Language

Tuesday, 28 February 2023

Chinese: Second Language

Please register here, should you wish to contribute to the work of the Authority.

Revisions to Health and Physical Education P–10, and English P–6 curriculum

Health and Physical Education:
Antoniett Halden
(08) 9273 6791

Alison Aldersea
(Monday to Wednesday) (08) 9273 6733
Leanne Santaromita (08) 94429745

Revised curriculum for Health and Physical Education (HPE) P–10 for consent and first aid, and for English P–6 for phonics and word knowledge, have now been released for familiarisation in 2023, and implementation in 2024.

The changes only affect curriculum content for consent, first aid, and phonics and word knowledge. All other aspects of the Health and Physical Education and English curriculum remain unchanged.

A revised Scope and sequence and summary of revisions document are available for both Health and Physical Education and English on the curriculum pages of the Authority’s website.

Health and Physical Education: https://k10outline.scsa.wa.edu.au/home/teaching/curriculum-browser/health-and-physical-education

English: https://k10outline.scsa.wa.edu.au/home/teaching/curriculum-browser/english-v8

All other aspects of the Western Australian curriculum, as published in the Western Australian Curriculum and Assessment Outline (https://k10outline.scsa.wa.edu.au/) remain unchanged as the mandated curriculum for Western Australia, and must continue to be implemented in your school until advised otherwise.

General Information, SIRS and Enrolments

Disability Access and Inclusion Plan Review Survey 2023

Daisy Tyson
(08) 9273 6314

The School Curriculum and Standards Authority (the Authority) is reviewing its Disability Access and Inclusion Plan (DAIP). You are invited to provide feedback by completing the survey located at https://survey.alchemer.com/s3/7174183/Disability-Access-and-Inclusion-Plan-2023-2027-survey.

The DAIP plan will focus on access to buildings, facilities, events, services, information, skilled staff and complaint and consultation mechanisms of the Authority in meeting the DAIP outcomes. Visit the Authority webpage http://www.scsa.wa.edu.au/ for more details on the DAIP.

To request an alternative format of the survey or way to contribute to the DAIP, please contact us via email at info@scsa.wa.edu.au or phone (08) 9273 6314.

The survey and consultation period closes on 16 February 2023.

The final DAIP 2023-2027 will be made available on the Authority website in March 2023.

2023 How to Search for a WASN in SIRS

Data Services
(08) 9273 6344

All current students in Western Australia are required to a Western Australian student number (WASN) and be registered with the School Curriculum and Standards Authority (the Authority). This number remains with the student throughout their school life. Schools need to recognise the importance of the WASN to avoid duplication of records and maintain continuity of student data.

If a student arrives at your school from another school in Western Australia, or even from overseas/interstate, you have the ability to search in the Student Information Records System (SIRS) for that student’s Western Australian student number (WASN) using the family name, given name and date of birth.

All student registrations are recorded in SIRS by the end of Term 1 2023. After this time, you will be able to search for students in the database.

Please note we do not issue numbers for Pre-Kindergarten students.

  1. Hover over Enrolments in the menu bar.
  2. Click on Student Enrolment > Student Maintenance > Find Student Number (see screenshot below).
  3. SIRS screenshot

    The Find Student Number directory will appear (see screenshot below). Enter the student’s Family Name, Given Name and Date of Birth.

    SIRS screenshot

  4. Click Search.If the information you have entered exactly matches the information in SIRS, you will find a result even if the student is not at your school (see screenshot below).

SIRS Screenshot

If the details you have requested are different from the information in SIRS (e.g. date of birth is different, Jackie is spelt as Jacky), no information will be found. In this case, please email numbers@scsa.wa.edu.au and provide the student’s:

  • Family name (surname)
  • Given name (first name)
  • Date of birth
  • Academic year
  • Previous school (if known).

Troubleshooting: Search WASN

  1. What happens if I search for a student number and no information is returned?

    Email numbers@scsa.wa.edu.au and provide the student family name, first name, academic year and date of birth.

  2. What happens when a single year (e.g. 2022 to 2022) is entered in the date range?

    Only a result for that year will be returned.

  3. What does it mean when Notice of Arrangement is shown as the student’s main provider?

It means the student is likely to be under a Notice of Arrangement or may have been on the Whereabouts Unknown List.

2023 Registration of students on SIRS

Data Services
(08) 9273 6344

Schools and other education providers are reminded that in 2023, NAPLAN tests will be conducted from Wednesday 15 March to Monday 27 March 2023 (instead of being administered in May, as was the case in 2022).

Therefore, schools must ensure that the registration uploads for students in Year 3, 5, 7 and 9 must be completed by Thursday 9 February 2023. After Thursday, 9 February 2023, only new school enrolments for NAPLAN and OLNA can be registered in SIRS until Friday, 24 February 2023. It will no longer be possible for school data to be transferred to the NAPLAN platform beyond this date.

Please also note the following important dates as the dates for the upload of student registration and demographic information to the Student Information Records System (SIRS) in 2023.

Thursday, 9 February 2023

  • Initial 2023 registration and demographic information for Years 11–12 students (required for Online Literacy and Numeracy Assessment (OLNA) student lists and password generation (via SRGDG file).
  • Initial 2023 registration and demographic information for students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 (required for National Assessment Program for Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) (via SRGDG file)).
  • Initial 2023 registration information for all teachers where students attend schools using Brightpath (via THREG file).

Thursday, 30 March 2023

  • Registration and demographic information for all remaining Kindergarten – Year 8 students other than those listed above is due to be uploaded.

Please note we do not issue numbers for Pre-Kindergarten students.

Updates to registration and demographic information should be uploaded into SIRS on a regular basis for the remainder of the year.

Details of how to register students are provided in the Data Procedures Manual with links to assist schools using various school databases.

There is also a separate Student Registration Procedures Manual to assist schools with creating and uploading their Student Registration and Demographic File (SRGDG) and Teacher Registration File (THREG) for schools participating in Brightpath.

More information about SIRS including training videos may be found on our website SIRS Information and Training Videos.

Schools are requested to include their school code in any correspondence.

Recognition of student achievement in Year 11 ATAR course units for Year 10 students in 2025 (Year 8, 2023)

Kerry Tarrant (08) 9273 6770

Schools are required to identify potential students in Year 8 (2023) and to submit the application form demonstrating how the Year 9 and Year 10 Western Australian Curriculum will be compacted and reported on.

Schools should apply only if the studies are part of a longer-term program for students who are either:

  • gifted and talented or
  • accelerated language students.

To apply for recognition and recording of student achievement in ATAR Units 1 and 2 for Year 10 students in 2025, the school needs to complete the Application for recording of enrolment and achievement in ATAR Units 1 and 2 for students in Year 10 in 2025 (Year 8, 2023) form, available on the School Curriculum and Standards Authority (the Authority) website at https://scsa.wa.edu.au/forms/forms under Enrolments.

For further information please refer to Section 7 in the WACE Manual 2023. This publication is available on the Authority website via the following link: https://www.scsa.wa.edu.au/publications/wace-manual.

The completed application form is to be returned to the Senior Consultant – Certification, certification@scsa.wa.edu.au at the Authority, no later than Thursday, 16 November 2023.

Request to change academic year Pre-primary to Year 10

Kerry Tarrant (08) 9273 6770

Kerry.Tarrant @scsa.wa.edu.au

Schools are reminded of the online form Request to change academic year Pre-Primary to Year 10.

At times, schools may identify a student to be at another academic year and may request a change. To request a change the new online form must be completed.

The form Request to change academic year P–10 and detailed information can be found on the School Curriculum and Standards Authority website at https://www.scsa.wa.edu.au/forms/forms under Registrations.

Please refer to the Pre-primary to Year 10: Teaching, Assessing and Reporting Policy and Policy Standards (https://k10outline.scsa.wa.edu.au/home/policy/policy-standards), which sets out the mandatory requirements for teaching the Western Australian curriculum and for assessing and reporting on student achievement, before submitting an application.

P–10 students transferring between schools in Western Australia

Schools are reminded that students in Western Australia transferring between schools part way through the calendar year must remain enrolled in their current academic year.

Upon registration, schools should check SIRS for the student’s previous school details and ensure students are enrolled to continue in the same academic year as they were in at their previous school. This ensures students continue with their current year-level studies within the Western Australian Curriculum and Assessment Outline.

Any queries please email dataservices@scsa.wa.edu.au.

Brightpath Update 2023

Maureen Lorimer
(08) 9273 6397 [Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday]

School leaders are advised that in 2023 they may register for Brightpath throughout the year by contacting Maureen Lorimer, Principal Consultant – Strategic Projects.

Additional data transfer dates will occur in 2023 allowing for all schools to regularly update their Brightpath student and teacher information through the registration process in SIRS throughout the year.

Data transfers to Brightpath will occur on the following dates in 2023:

  • Term 1 – Friday of weeks 4, 6 and 8 – 24 February, 10 March and 24 March
  • Term 2 – Friday of weeks 2, 5 and 8 – 5 May, 26 May and 16 June
  • Term 3 – Friday of weeks 2, 5 and 8 – 28 July, 18 August and 8 September
  • Term 4 – Friday of weeks 2, 5 and 8 – 20 October, 10 November and 1 December.

Please ensure that the relevant school officer and Brightpath Coordinator are aware of this information and have data uploaded to SIRS the day prior to transfers.