National Report on Schooling Australia 2012

National initiatives and achievements

2.4 Enhancing middle years development

Australian governments are committed to working with all school sectors to ensure that schools provide programs that are responsive to students’ developmental and learning needs in the middle years, and which are challenging, engaging and rewarding (Melbourne Declaration on Educational Goals for Young Australians 2008).

Jurisdictions are continuing to progress work in this area on an individual basis.

In addition, the Improving Teacher Quality National Partnership has supported a range of strategies and actions for students in the middle years of schooling, including:
• developing teaching and learning approaches and innovative learning technologies that respond to the needs and characteristics of this phase of education
• providing relevant experiences, excursions and school–community links.

The Low Socio-economic Status School Communities National Partnership has also assisted participating schools in engaging students in the middle years by providing support that addresses their personal circumstances and local contexts.

More information on these partnerships is available in Part 2.1: National initiatives and achievements – developing stronger partnerships.

The development and implementation of the Foundation to Year 10 Australian Curriculum is also central to the provision of challenging, engaging and rewarding programs in the middle years. This initiative is outlined in Part 2.6: National initiatives and achievements – promoting world-class curriculum and assessment and on the ACARA Australian Curriculum website.