The midday news bulletins carried the news that state education ministers have agreed to endorse the first four courses of the Gillard government's national curriculum, but not as a final document.

Federal, state and territory education ministers agreed at a meeting in Canberra this morning that work will continue on developing the curriculum before it is finalised by October next year, after concerns were raised by NSW and Western Australia that it was not yet ready for implementation.

The meeting also endorsed a proposal from NSW to develop a blueprint for the entire national curriculum, setting out how the different subjects fit into the school timetable. The blueprint is expected to address these concerns and describe how all the content will be covered in existing school hours.

The meeting also called for a timetable for the development and validation of achievement standards which set out what students are expected to learn in each year.

Additional content for students with learning difficulties and those who are gifted and talented will also be developed before the document is finalised.

The VCAA is inviting government, Catholic and independent schools from across all regions to register their potential interest in participating in a 2011 pilot program  that would focus in particular on the validation of the Australian Curriculum achievement standards. This pilot program will be managed by the VCAA in partnership with DEECD, CECV and Independent Schools Victoria. There seems to be a likelihood that Victoria will progress its intention to introduce national curricula in Maths, Science, English and History during 2012.

Olwyn Gray
Executive Officer
Council of Professional Teaching Associations of Victoria

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