Kto10 Circulars

March 2019

General Information

Pre-primary to Year 12 school information briefings

Contact
Sven Sorenson
(08) 9273 6390
sven.sorenson@scsa.wa.edu.au

Patricia Dunnett (08) 9273 6794
patricia.dunnett@scsa.wa.edu.au

Briefings for secondary school administrators will run from late March until May. They are an opportunity to be updated on curriculum, assessment and moderation for Years 7 – 12 and to provide feedback to the School Curriculum and Standards Authority Board.

In Term 2, the School Curriculum and Standards Authority will offer a workshop/briefing for primary administrators and curriculum leaders focusing on strategies, developed with practising teachers, on planning for all eight learning areas in recognition of the teaching time available to schools.

For more information including registration for sessions, please go to https://www.scsa.wa.edu.au/events/2019-briefings.


2019 – Areas of Emphasis Letter to Schools

Contact
Patricia Dunnett
(08) 9273 6794
Patricia.Dunnett@scsa.wa.edu.au

Teachers and School Leaders are encouraged to read the letter from the Chair of the School Curriculum and Standards Authority (the Authority) Board that outlines areas of emphasis for 2019. The purpose of the letter is to signal areas of emphasis that the School Curriculum and Standards Authority will be focusing on in 2019:

  • ongoing partnerships with the school systems/sector
  • Kindergarten to Year 10 curriculum and standards including the implementation of Year 4 Languages in 2019, Brightpath and Year 6 and Year 7 moderation processes for English, Mathematics, Humanities and Social Sciences and Science
  • Year 11 and Year 12 curriculum and standards including moderation processes, the non-approval of grades process for significant non-compliance and the review of the compulsory Certificate II requirement for students not enrolled in an ATAR pathway
  • Pre-primary to Year 12 school information briefings
  • the upcoming launch of the Parents and Community website.

To read a copy of the letter, please go to https://www.scsa.wa.edu.au/publications/communication-to-schools.

General Information, SIRS and Enrolments

Parents and Community website

Contact
Patricia Dunnett
(08) 9273 6794
Patricia.Dunnett@scsa.wa.edu.au

The School Curriculum and Standards Authority (the Authority) has developed a website to support parents and members of the community. The Parents and Community website is accessible on the School Curriculum and Standards Authority website https://www.scsa.wa.edu.au via a new
tab – Parents and Community.

The website has been developed for parents and community members as a guide to:

  • the Western Australian Curriculum and Assessment Outline (the Outline), Kindergarten through to Year 10
  • the Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE), Years 11 and 12.

The website is designed to provide information for parents and the community about:

  • what children and young people should learn
  • how they are assessed
  • the standards children and young people are expected to reach at each year level.

The website promotes the role of the Authority to parents and community and provides a supportive pathway into the Authority’s existing website.

The website presents information that parents often ask the Authority and will enhance their communication with schools. It has been developed with input from representatives of key parent groups and the site will continue to be developed in response to user need. Feedback and suggestions from school groups will be welcome via the link on the website.

The Parents and Community website sits alongside the Authority's existing website, which is designed for teachers and school leaders and includes some information for senior secondary students.

The Authority encourages Principals to communicate this information to parents and other stakeholders. A sample newsletter item with a screen shot of the Parents and Community website homepage is available here https://parent.scsa.wa.edu.au.


Social media 2019

Contact
Jo Merrey (08) 9273 6348
jo.merrey@scsa.wa.edu.au

The School Curriculum and Standards Authority (the Authority)  will continue to use its Facebook and Twitter accounts in 2019 to provide information to its stakeholders.

https://facebook.com/SCSAWA is for students in Years 10, 11 and 12, their parents, teachers and community stakeholders. The focus of the page is on providing information to students working towards the WACE.

https://facebook.com/SCSAWAteachers is for teachers and community stakeholders. The focus of the page is on providing information to teachers delivering the Western Australian curriculum from Kindergarten to Year 12. Reminders about key dates as listed in the Activities Schedule are published on this page.

https://twitter.com/scsawa provides general information to the Authority’s stakeholders.

The Authority treats its social media spaces as ‘family friendly’ and has a zero tolerance approach to abusive and offensive posts. The Facebook pages operate as moderated forums.

Teachers, students and stakeholders who use social media platforms are encouraged to use the Authority’s Facebook and Twitter pages to access information and stay in touch with Authority. Those who do not wish to use social media platforms are reminded the Authority has a general email address at info@scsa.wa.edu.au.


Teaching and Assessment

Registration for Year 6 and Year 7 Moderation 2019

Contact
Mandy Hudson
(08) 9273 6755
Mandy.Hudson@scsa.wa.edu.au

Registrations are open to participate in Year 6 and Year 7 moderation in 2019 in English, Mathematics, Science and Humanities and Social Sciences.

The link to the registration page is provided below. The registration process provides schools with the opportunity to participate in all learning areas or a selection of learning areas with a single class or multiple classes:

http://sgiz.mobi/s3/Year-6-7-Moderation-Registration


Teacher Support Materials for Year 4 Languages implementation in 2019

Contact
Mandy Hudson
(08) 9273 6755
Mandy.Hudson@scsa.wa.edu.au

Schools are advised the School Curriculum and Standards Authority (the Authority) has published Year 4 sample teaching and learning outlines. As outlined in the Pre-primary to Year 10: Teaching, Assessing and Reporting Policy and Policy Standards schools are required to fully implement (teach, assess and report on student achievement) Languages (Year 4) in 2019.

The link below provides access to the curriculum for Year 4:

https://k10outline.scsa.wa.edu.au/home/teaching/curriculum-browser/languages

Teacher support materials available to support implementation include:

  • sample teaching and learning outlines for Year 3 and Year 4

https://k10outline.scsa.wa.edu.au/home/teaching/teaching-support-materials

  • assessment snapshots from Pre-primary to Year 10

https://k10outline.scsa.wa.edu.au/home/assessment/snap-shots-choose-a-year/year-4/languages

  • sample assessment activities from Pre-primary to Year 10

https://k10outline.scsa.wa.edu.au/home/assessment/assessment-activities/year4

  • Judging Standards, including Achievement Standards, Assessment Pointers and Annotated Work Samples (extranet login required)

https://k10outline.scsa.wa.edu.au/home/assessment/judgingstandards


Primary Curriculum Planning Workshop

Contact
Mandy Hudson
(08) 9273 6755
Mandy.Hudson@scsa.wa.edu.au

Schools, across the state, are advised the School Curriculum and Standards Authority (the Authority) is offering a workshop focusing on strategies for planning for the eight learning areas in the Western Australian Curriculum and Assessment Outline.

The workshop will showcase a planning model that may be applied across the learning areas and year levels referencing the notional time allocation used to develop the mandated Western Australian Curriculum.

To register for the workshop follow the link below:

http://scsawebapps.scsa.wa.edu.au/apps/Bookings/Events.aspx?EventId=3661

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