Hon Peter Collier BA DipEd MLC

Hon Peter Collier BA DipEd MLC

Former Minister for Education; Aboriginal Affairs; Electoral Affairs

    Major step for Western Australian curriculum

    21/07/2015 6:30 AM
    • New curriculum available five months ahead of schedule
    • Pre-primary to Year 10 syllabuses for WA schools
    • Teachers have more time to prepare

    The new Western Australian curriculum will be available for WA schools earlier than expected, with new syllabuses released to schools.


    Education Minister Peter Collier said the majority of subjects from pre-primary to Year 10 had now been adopted and adapted from the Australian curriculum to meet the needs of students and teachers in Western Australia.


    "The syllabuses are now available to schools five months ahead of schedule, giving teachers extra time to familiarise themselves with the content," Mr Collier said.


    The School Curriculum and Standards Authority co-ordinated the changes and release of syllabuses in humanities and social sciences, health and physical education, technologies and the arts.


    This follows full implementation of English, mathematics, science and history in Western Australian schools this year.


    "The latest set of syllabuses, developed by the authority through extensive consultation with Western Australian teachers, has made the curriculum more manageable," the Minister said.


    This was achieved by:

    • identifying core content and additional content
    • changing organisation of the curriculum into year-level syllabuses rather than from two-three year bands
    • developing the humanities and social sciences learning area to include civics and citizenship, economics and business, geography and history

    By 2018, the Western Australian syllabuses will form the basis of the State's mandated curriculum that will guide student education in WA.


    Fact File

    • The School Curriculum and Standards Authority was established in 2012, replacing the Curriculum Council
    • The authority develops curriculum and standards for kindergarten to Year 12

    Minister's office - 6552 6300