Tight timelines for Year 11 2018 a concern

The revamping of senior syllabuses in English, Mathematics, History and Science and consequent planned implementation in 2018 are conflicting with school based planning for student subject selection and staffing.

The IEU supported the position that NESA adopted in relation to Mathematics. That being, calculus based syllabuses are being delayed until Year 11 2019.

‘Hasten slowly’ captures the mood of many IEU members tasked with the adoption of the revised senior syllabuses. The IEU has had a long held view that as a minimum, one year is required for familiarisation and planning of new syllabuses.

While acknowledging the work of members in terms of preparation for Year 11 2018, the complexities of not being in receipt of necessary assessment details (examination specifications) and various support documents, adds to the call for a delayed implementation.

The foundations for a stronger HSC are being unnecessarily rushed.

The choosing of subjects by incoming Year 11 students requires a suite of information that guides students and parents in the making of significant decisions.

Teachers require planning time to collaborate and develop programs and gather resources. Professional development, the upskilling of staff new to Stage 6 and the development of assessment schedules are all critical areas of work to be undertaken by teachers.

Members who have developed English, Mathematics, Science and History in the 7-10 context over the last four years are aware of the time required to ensure courses reflect the changes NESA is seeking. Specimen examination papers (or their equivalent) are vital for this work. The work completed to date by teachers will be enhanced by the provision of additional time and support.

A synchronised approach to such a fundamental change would benefit all concerned. A delayed implementation of English, Mathematics, Science and History until 2019 (Year 11) should be considered.

Mark Northam
Assistant Secretary