Queensland curriculum program to change after report highlights workload issues
Teachers in Queensland will be given more flexibility over how they teach the curriculum, the Education Minister has announced.
Kate Jones said teachers had told her they wanted changes to her department's Curriculum into the Classroom (C2C) resources, saying there was too much for them to get through.
"What teachers have been telling us is what they'd really like is more time for revision, extension or deeper learning so they can cater for all students in their classrooms," Ms Jones told 612 ABC Brisbane.
"They want more time instead of having to tick off every single unit, particularly where they feel there has been unnecessary repetition to dive a little bit deeper."
A report by the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA) into the Prep to Year 10 curriculum was released today.
The report found that "the volume of curriculum content has resulted in a range of workload issues for teachers".
It recommended a core curriculum be developed for Prep to Year 10.
"A way to achieve this is to make strategic modifications to learning areas other than English, mathematics and health and physical education (HPE) to identify core and discretionary content within each learning area, while providing options for implementing the curriculum in the remaining learning areas," the report stated.
Ms Jones said the Government would accept its main recommendations including revising the number of C2C units for maths and English.
"What the QCAA found was that there some unnecessary repetition particularly in math and English," Ms Jones said.
"Subjects such as history, geography and civics and citizenship will be combined into one humanities and social science subject for Prep to Year 6," she said.
"Science will have less duplication and schools will have greater flexibility in how they choose to deliver the arts."