Department of Education

Western Australian Curriculum Support

Implementation of the Western Australian Curriculum
Implementation of the Western Australian Curriculum
The Western Australian Curriculum sets out the core knowledge, understanding, skills and general capabilities important for all Western Australian students.

Western Australian Curriculum Support

The Pre-primary to Year 10 Western Australian Curriculum provides a coherent and comprehensive set of prescribed content and achievement standards which schools use to plan student learning programs, assess student progress and report to parents.  The curriculum is developed by the School Curriculum and Standards Authority (the Authority) who are responsible for Kindergarten to Year 12 curriculum, assessment, standards and reporting for all Western Australian schools.  In addition to meeting the requirements of the Authority, public schools must also follow the Department’s Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting policy and procedures.

Principles of support

The nature of the support provided for public schools to implement the Western Australian Curriculum is built on the following principles:

  • Teachers employ analytical and evaluative practices, and determine the information, advice and support they need to effectively implement the curriculum and improve student learning
  • Principals and curriculum leaders implement school-level teacher development that meets locally identified curriculum priorities, focuses on strengthening teacher quality, and builds whole-school consistent teaching practices
  • Teachers and principals learn best from their colleagues, and privilege the knowledge and experience of expert school-based practitioners
  • Delivery of professional learning and support at all levels and in all contexts is informed by data, built on evidence and responsive to identified need.

Types of support

Three broad classifications of support assist implementation of the Western Australian Curriculum:

  1. Universal Support is available to all public school teachers.  It includes the curriculum and classroom resources provided for all teachers  to teach the curriculum and assess student learning.  It also includes profession-led support and communities that share the expertise of teachers with other teachers
  2. Targeted Support is tailored to specific curriculum components, phases of learning, and/or professional groups. It addresses identified needs or new priorities as they emerge 
  3. Strategic Support focuses on system-wide initiatives that seek to lift overall standards of student achievement, increase student engagement, and/or transform teaching practice, in identified domains of the curriculum. 
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