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Developing a curriculum

The home education program and the child's progress are evaluated according to the School Curriculum and Standards Authority Act 1997.
To access the Pre-primary to Year 12 curriculum visit the School Curriculum and Standards Authority's website.

Curriculum development is undertaken by home educators who may choose to include in their programs materials prepared by outside sources.

The Curriculum Support branch website provides links to teaching and learning supports.

The Australian Curriculum

The Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) is developing a national curriculum. Click here to visit the ACARA website.

WA Curriculum and Assessment Outline

The Outline is the source of Kindergarten–Year 10 curriculum for all Western Australian students. It provides comprehensive information that schools and home educators can use to plan student learning programs, assess student progress and for reporting purposes.

The Outline sets out 'the knowledge, understanding, skills, values and attitudes that students are expected to acquire and guidelines for the assessment of student achievement'. The Outline includes curriculum, policy advice and guidelines for all Western Australian education sectors – public schools, private schools and home educators.

Information on how the Outline will be updated to reflect the Australian Curriculum is available on the School Curriculum and Standards Authority website.

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Syllabus

The K-10 syllabuses can be accessed through the School Curriculum and Standards Authority website. The Western Australian syllabuses remain broadly consistent with the Australian curriculum but have been contextualised to make them more suitable for Western Australian students and teachers.

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National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN)

The National Assessment Program Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) assesses student achievement in literacy and numeracy. All students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 in schools across Australia do the same tests on the same days.

Naplan testing is conducted in May.

Home educated students are able to participate in the NAPLAN.

NAPLAN information and registration forms are available from the School Curriculum and Standards Authority.

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Online Numeracy and Literacy Assessment

The Online Numeracy and Literacy Assessment assesses student achievement in literacy and numeracy.
OLNA testing is conducted in March.
Home educated students are able to participate in the OLNA.
Information about the OLNA and how to register may be obtained from the School Curriculum and Standards Authority.

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Work experience during home education

Home educators of secondary students who wish to have work experience while studying at home need to make the necessary arrangements (for example, inspection of work sites to ensure suitability for work experience and insurance).

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Community Service Program during home education

In 2009 the requirement for students to complete 20 hours community service over Years 10-12 in order to achieve the WA Certificate of Education (WACE) was removed.

Information about the current arrangements for community service may be obtained from the School Curriculum and Standards Authority.

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Accreditation

Home education programs are not graded. The home educator provides evidence of achievement by the student. The education office can provide statements confirming registration of the home educator.

Information about the Western Australian Certificate of Education can be obtained from the WACE Manual on the School Curriculum and Standards Authority website.

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Studying at TAFE Colleges and Universities

Home educated students may wish to seek entry to TAFE Colleges and universities during or after their home education program. TAFE Colleges accept students into some courses before Year 10. The home educator remains responsible for the student's full program when evaluation by the moderator is continuing.

Students who are seeking entry to higher education institutions should contact the relevant institution. Contact well in advance of seeking entry is advisable in order to ensure sufficient preparation to qualify for entry.

For TAFE entry, contact the Career Centre on telephone 13 23 98 (free call) or email career.centre@dtwd.wa.gov.au.

For local university entry, contact the Tertiary Institutions Services Centre TISCLine on telephone (08) 9318 8000 or email info@tisc.edu.au.

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