Frequently asked questions
Q. Teachers in our high school spent an inordinate amount of time last year preparing for the year 7 students coming this year. We have a modified junior secondary program as a result. Does the directive mean that we have to discard these revised work programs?
A. No. The directive applies to those learning areas that have not yet commenced. If your school became familiar with new learning areas, such as the arts, HPE etc, in 2014, and teachers have changed work programs accordingly, then the directive does not apply in this instance.
Q. Draft C2C materials are now available in civics and citizenship, economics and business and HPE. Should we be using these materials in class this year?
A. Not if the teachers at your school did not become familiar with the Australian Curriculum that they are designed to supplement during 2014. Just because these materials are now available does not imply that you have to automatically integrate them in to your work programs and units of work. If the school has not commenced familiarisation with these Australian Curriculum learning areas during 2014, then teachers should not commence using the C2C units in the respective subject during 2015.
Q. We are one of the few schools who have not implemented geography in 2014. We intend to modify our units on the student free days and start teaching Australian Curriculum geography from day 1, 2015. Are we able to do this?
A. No. If during last year, your school did not take the time to become familiar with geography, attend any professional development, or spend any time planning changes to units of work, then it should be considered a new learning area, and as such, the directive applies and teachers should halt its implementation.
Q. I thought Italian was supposed to be fully implemented in 2015. Our school has not started to look at it yet. I suppose that the directive would apply in this instance?
A. The ACARA website states: “The Australian Curriculum: Languages for Chinese, French, Indonesian and Italian has been published on the Australian Curriculum website as ‘Available for use; awaiting final endorsement’. State and territory curriculum and school authorities will advise schools of their implementation plans.” The QCAA P-10 Phase 2&3 implementation schedule lists languages for implementation by the end of 2016, and therefore, in our view, language teachers should not implement the subject from the start of 2015. Again, if the school has not looked at it, then the directive applies.
QTU stands in solidarity
The Queensland Teachers’ Union wishes to express its shock at the killing of 17 people at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, and stands in solidarity with the many brave teachers who risked their own lives to protect the students in their care.
These horrific events reveal the deep commitment and bravery of members of our profession under the most extreme of circumstances, and we are proud to stand with them at this terrible time.QTU, 16 Feb 2018
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