Issue 41
Thursday, 26 April 2012

Welcome to ACARA Update

In this edition:

Expressions of Interest: Schools to participate in Australian Curriculum General Capabilities Learning Continua Project

ACARA is seeking expressions of interest from schools to participate in a data-gathering project to inform the further development of general capabilities learning continua in the Australian Curriculum. The project will offer participating teachers opportunities for professional learning and networking with other schools across Australia via a dedicated SharePoint site and teleconferencing.

Participating schools will nominate one to three classes to each complete two assessment tasks across different general capabilities. The tasks are not learning area-specific and can be integrated into planned units of work or delivered as independent activities in two 45 minute lessons or one longer session.

Each school will receive a small grant to assist with costs associated with the project including the release of participating teachers to participate in a project briefing, collect student work, undertake assessment and complete a questionnaire.

Detailed information about the project and application forms are available on the ACARA website at

Key dates

Monday 21 May 2012Expressions of Interest close
By Monday 28 May 2012Schools notified of participation
Wednesday 30 May – Thursday 31 May 2012Briefings of participating schools by teleconference
1 June – 27 July 2012Teachers implement assessment tasks and complete questionnaires


Expressions of Interest: Curriculum writers and advisors for Health and Physical Education and Technologies

ACARA is seeking expressions of interest from suitably qualified and experienced individuals for the role of curriculum writer or advisory group member to assist in the development of the Australian Curriculum in the following learning areas:

Writers and advisors will have, for the respective learning area, extensive knowledge, understanding and expertise, teaching or related experience, and experience in writing and developing curriculum and/or assessment beyond the classroom context.

Applications for curriculum writers and advisors are now available on the ACARA website:

For Health and Physical Education, visit

For Technologies, visit

Please note that as part of the application process, all applicants will require approval in writing from their current employer prior to submission. All applicants must also ensure they are available for a four day induction in ACARA’s Sydney office between 7 and 10 August 2012.

Expressions of Interest close Sunday 20 May 2012 at 5:00pm (AEST).

For further information please contact:
Janice Atkin, Senior Project Officer, Health and Physical Education via email on or Julie King, Senior Project Officer, Technologies via email on

Curriculum resources to support implementation of the Australian Curriculum can be found in Scootle

Scootle is a one-stop shop for students and teachers for digital curriculum resources. This interactive website, developed by Education Services Australia, provides access to more than 8000 digital resources and its search facility links to the Australian Curriculum web site.

Scootle now contains a number of new features. The ‘Find by Australian Curriculum’ tab has been added to allow users to find resources that match curriculum content descriptions in the Australian Curriculum. Users can further refine their search to include the General Capabilities and the Cross-Curriculum Priorities.

On the resources page users can now view curriculum content descriptions, elaborations, general capabilities and ScOT terms used for a specific curriculum resource.

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