Kto10 Circulars - Edition 10 October 2021
Teaching and Learning
New Curriculum Support Materials – Kindergarten to Year 10
Mandy Hudson (08) 9273 6755
Trish Dunnett (08) 9273 6794
Schools are advised that new curriculum support materials for Years 3 to 10 have been published. There are currently 110 teaching and learning exemplars published, and more will be progressively published in Term 4, to assist teachers to implement the Western Australian Curriculum and Assessment Outline.
The resources are accessible on the new Year Level (Pre-primary to Year 6) and Learning Areas (Years 7 to 10) pages of the School Curriculum and Standards Authority (the Authority) website by clicking the buttons on the K–10 homepage at https://k10outline.scsa.wa.edu.au and then following the link to the Curriculum Support materials as shown below.
Access to the curriculum support materials require teachers to login or register for an Extranet account at https://www.scsa.wa.edu.au/extranet/login.
More materials are in development and will be available online, highlighted by a ‘new’ tag, as these are completed. These include early childhood materials (Kindergarten to Year 2), Years 3 to 10 teaching and learning sequences and assessment exemplars for each learning area.
The materials provide examples of approaches to teaching, learning and assessment using the Western Australian Curriculum and Achievement Standards and are reflective of the Principles of Teaching, Learning and Assessment.
It is the classroom teacher who is best placed to consider and respond to (accommodate) the diversity of their students. Reflecting on the learning experiences offered in the curriculum support materials will enable teachers to make appropriate adjustments (where applicable) to better cater for their students.
SIRS, Enrolments and General Information
2022 Activities Schedule availability
Jenny Offer(08) 9273 6313
The 2022 Activities Schedule is available on the School Curriculum and Standards Authority (the Authority) website at three locations:
The 2022 Term Calendar will be available on Monday, 15 November 2021.
The Outlook calendar will be available to download on a term-by-term basis. Any updates to the Activities Schedule will be noted in the Circular and replicated in new versions of the calendar.
The dates in this schedule are colour coded:
- Pink activity relates to or includes primary schools
- Orange updates are for items to be received by the Authority
- Blue updates are for items to be available to or received by schools/providers
- Green updates are significant to schools and the Authority.
Please see the PDF, on the Activities Schedule page, with an explanation of changes to the Activities Schedule for 2022.
Reminder: Application for recording of enrolment and achievement in ATAR Units 1 and 2 for students in Year 10 in 2023 (Year 8, 2021)
Kerry Tarrant (08) 9273 6770
Principals are reminded that Applications for recording of enrolment and achievement in ATAR Units 1 and 2 for students in Year 10 in 2023 (Year 8, 2021) must be received by the School Curriculum and Standards Authority (the Authority) no later than Thursday, 18 November 2021. The completed application form is to be emailed to email@example.com.
An application form can be downloaded from the Authority website at https://scsa.wa.edu.au/forms/forms under the Enrolments tab.
Schools should only apply if the studies are part of a longer-term program for students who are:
- either gifted and talented or
- accelerated language students.
For further information please refer to Section 7 in the 2021 WACE Manual. This publication is available on the Authority website via the following link: https://scsa.wa.edu.au/publications/wace-manual.
WASN requests for 2022
Data Services (08) 9273 6344
All current students in Western Australia should have been allocated 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.
From 18 October 2021, schools will only be able to request WASNs through the Student Information Record System (SIRS) for Kindergarten students commencing in 2022. If a student other than Kindergarten arrives at your school from another WA school, please check to see if they have a WASN first using the ‘Search for WASN’ process – explained in ‘How to Search for WA Student Numbers in SIRS’ in this circular.
Please note we do not issue numbers for Pre-Kindergarten students.
If you cannot locate a number, then contact firstname.lastname@example.org and give details of the student’s legal surname, legal first name, date of birth and academic year. It is also useful to include your school code in any correspondence. If schools request a WASN for a student who already has a number, the correct WASN number will be sent back to schools. The Authority will forward to schools new WASNs for those students without a number.
All secondary schools with a Year 7 intake can send a complete list (spreadsheet) of Year 7 students entering their school, including the student’s legal surname, legal first name and date of birth and the Authority will look up the numbers on their behalf.
A reminder that details of how to register students can be found in the Student Registration Procedures Manual 2021 – Primary Students found at https://www.scsa.wa.edu.au/publications/data-procedures-manual with links to assist schools using Integris (RTP), Civica Maze, and Excel.
How to Search for a WASN in SIRS
Data Services (08) 9273 6344
Please refer to the September 2021 circular item regarding registration and enrolment of P – 10 students transferring between schools in Western Australia. By checking a student number, the system will also give you a student’s current academic year.
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 a family name, given name and date of birth.
All student registrations are recorded in SIRS by the end of Term 1. After this time, you will be able to search for students including the student’s previous school/s. You will know where to send a transfer note, if required.
- Hover over Enrolments in the menu bar.
- Click on Student Enrolment > Student Maintenance > Find Student Number (see image below).
The Find Student Number directory will appear (see image below). Enter the student’s Family Name, Given Name and Date of Birth.
- 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 image below).
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 email@example.com and provide the student’s:
- Family Name (Surname)
- Given Name (First Name)
- Date of Birth
- Academic Year
- Previous School (if known).
Troubleshooting: Search WASN
- What happens if the requested information does not show?
Email firstname.lastname@example.org and provide student name, academic year and date of birth.
- What happens when a single year (e.g. 2012 to 2012) is entered in the date range?
Only a result for that year will be returned.
- What does it mean when the Department of Education is shown as the student’s main provider?
It means the student is likely to be under a Notice of Arrangements or may have been on the Whereabouts Unknown List (more likely with Years K-10).
Registration of students on SIRS in 2022
Data Services (08) 9273 6344
Schools and other education providers are asked to note the following important dates as the last date for the initial upload of student registration and demographic information to the Student Information Records System (SIRS) in 2022.
Thursday, 10 February 2022
- Initial 2022 registration and demographic information for Years 10–12 students (required for Online Literacy and Numeracy Assessment (OLNA) student lists and password generation (via SRGDG file).
- Initial 2022 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 2022 registration and demographic information for all Kindergarten – Year 6 students where these students attend schools using Brightpath (via SRGDG file).
- Initial 2022 registration information for all teachers where students attend schools using Brightpath (via THREG file).
Thursday, 31 March 2022
- Registration and demographic information for all remaining Kindergarten – Year 8 students other than those listed above is due to be uploaded by Thursday, 31 March 2022.
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 updated Data Procedures Manual 2021 with links to assist schools using Reporting to Parents, MAZE, and Excel. There is also a separate Student Registration Procedures Manual found at https://www.scsa.wa.edu.au/sirs-info/primary-schools to assist primary schools with creating and uploading their Student Registration and Demographic File (SRGDG).
Schools are requested to include their school code in any correspondence.