English, Foundation – Year 10

The Australian Curriculum: English includes:

The study of English is central to the learning and development of all young Australians. It helps create confident communicators, imaginative thinkers and informed citizens. It is through the study of English that individuals gain increasing control over language to analyse, understand, communicate and build relationships with others and with the world around them.

The Foundation – Year 10 Australian Curriculum: English develops students' understanding and use of the standard Australian English through the study of the three interrelated strands of the curriculum: language, literature and literacy. Literacy, which is essential for learning in all areas of the Australian Curriculum, is explicitly taught in the English curriculum. Threaded through each of the strands and made explicit in the content statements is the development of knowledge, skills and understanding in listening, speaking, reading and writing.

The revised Foundation – Year 10 Australian Curriculum: English was published in December 2015.

Visit the Australian Curriculum website to view the 'Foundation – Year 10 Australian Curriculum: English' pages.

The development of the Australian Curriculum: English

2008–09

The development of the Australian Curriculum: English began in 2008 with the National English Curriculum: Framing paper (PDF 232 kb) and continued in 2009 with the Shape of the Australian Curriculum: English paper (PDF 280 kb), which included the definition of English, the aim of the curriculum, the structure and key terms that would be used in the curriculum.  

Writers, supported by expert advisory groups, developed the curriculum. Key stakeholders, including teachers and schools, state and territory education authorities, universities, parents, members of the public and industry and community groups, provided feedback.

2010–2012

The F–10 Australian Curriculum: English was first published in December 2010. Following the validation of the F–10 achievement standards during 2011, a revised F–10 Australian Curriculum: English (content, achievement standards and work sample portfolio) was published at the end of 2011.

Minor modifications were made to some of the grammar content descriptions and some of the elaborations in 2012. The senior secondary Australian Curriculum: English was published in 2012.

Student work sample portfolios were published to support the implementation of the Foundation – Year 10 Australian Curriculum: English. 

2014

Revised students work sample portfolios were published on the Australian Curriculum website to support the implementation of the Foundation – Year 10 Australian Curriculum: English. 

2015

The Australian Curriculum: English was reviewed in 2015 and the endorsed, revised Foundation – Year 10 Australian Curriculum: English was published in December 2015. Changes to the English curriculum included strengthening the focus on literacy, particularly in the early years. Based on available research and consultation with experts in the field, the presence of phonics and phonemic awareness in the Australian Curriculum: English was strengthened.

2018–19

The Australian Curriculum: English work samples portfolios are being reviewed and updated on the Australian Curriculum website.

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