The Australian Curriculum: Work Studies Years 9–10 delivers a school-based subject that provides opportunities for students to undertake vocational learning and develop work-readiness skills in preparation for further study towards a skilled occupation or further education after leaving school. This elective curriculum will be available for students in Years 9 or 10 (one-year subject), or across Years 9–10 (two-year subject). The curriculum will also focus on further strengthening the general capabilities of the Australian Curriculum, and includes features such as applied learning and work exposure.
Implementing the Australian Curriculum: Work Studies, Years 9–10
The Australian Curriculum: Work Studies Years 9–10 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.
Work Studies Years 9–10
Awaiting final endorsement. Noted August 2014 and agreed that curriculum could be made available for state and territory use.
The Australian Curriculum: Work Studies Years 9–10 can be found at www.australiancurriculum.edu.au
Shaping of the Australian Curriculum: Work Studies, Years 9–10
Work Studies Years 9–10 Curriculum Development Paper
A national workshop, held on 22 October 2012 and involving over 90 expert teachers and stakeholders from education, industry and community, provided feedback on the Work Studies Years 9–10 Curriculum Development Paper.
The Draft Shape of the Australian Curriculum: Work Studies Years 9–10
The Draft Shape of the Australian Curriculum: Work Studies Years 9–10 was developed in 2012. The comments, suggestions and findings from the advisory group, national workshop, national panel and national consultation informed the final Shape of the Australian Curriculum: Work Studies Years 9–10.
Draft Shape of the Australian Curriculum: Work Studies Years 9–10 Consultation Report
Consultation on the Draft Shape of the Australian Curriculum: Work Studies Years 9–10 was held from December 2012 to March 2013. ACARA received 60 responses nationally to the online questionnaire and 20 written submissions. See the final report:
Shape of the Australian Curriculum: Work Studies Years 9–10
The Shape of the Australian Curriculum: Work Studies Years 9–10 set the broad direction for writing the Australian Curriculum for Work Studies Years 9–10. This was developed with significant input from teachers, academics, professional teachers’ associations, education authorities, industry and community representatives.
Writing of the Year 9–10 Australian Curriculum
In May 2013 ACARA appointed writers and advisory group members for the writing phase. The selection of the writers and the advisory group (writing phase) involved evaluating applicants who had registered an expression of interest for the roles. Expressions of interest ran from 8 February until 3 March 2013 and applications came from teachers and representatives of professional associations, education authorities, academics and industry professionals from all states and territories.
The Work Studies Years 9–10 Advisory Group (writing phase) was established to provide a balance of informed views on the work studies curriculum. Members include curriculum experts from a range of states and territories, teachers, academics and industry representatives.
Consultation on the draft Australian Curriculum: Work Studies, Years 9–10
ACARA consulted on the draft Australian Curriculum: Work Studies, Years 9-10 from 18 September to 8 December 2013. Submissions were received from the education sector, industry and the general community during this consultation period.
An independent organisation collated and analysed all feedback for the Draft Australian Curriculum: Work Studies Years 9–10 Consultation Report. This report informed the revisions to the curriculum. ACARA worked with a dedicated team of writers and advisory group members to revise the work studies curriculum based on the directions for revision approved by the ACARA Board in February 2014, with the aim of publishing a final version of the Australian Curriculum: Work Studies Years 9-10 in late-2014, following Ministerial endorsement.
Validation of Achievement Standards
Validation of the work studies Years 9–10 achievement standards began on 11 November 2014. The purpose of validation is to ensure that the achievement standards provide a clear progression of achievement across each year of learning. As part of this process, ACARA hosted a 2 day workshop with teachers and curriculum experts from across the country to critique and provide feedback about the pitch, progression and clarity of the achievement standards. No additional refinements were made, as feedback from participants in the validation process were positive.
Work Studies Year 9–10 Development Timeline