National Report on Schooling in Australia 2013

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).

States and territories continue to progress work in this area on an individual basis.


In addition, the national partnerships on improving teacher quality and on low socio-economic status school communities have supported a range of strategies to assist schools in engaging students in the middle years of schooling. Information on these partnerships is available in Part 2.1: National initiatives and achievements – developing stronger partnerships.

The development and implementation of the Foundation – Year 10 Australian Curriculum has also catered for 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.

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