Queensland Catholic Sector Concerned by “Overcrowding” of Australian Curriculum

12/03/2014

The Queensland Catholic Education Commission says that potential ‘overcrowding’ of the Australian Curriculum as Phase 2 and 3 subjects are rolled out is the most concerning issue that should be addressed by the review process currently underway.

Executive Director Mike Byrne says the review should carefully consider how the sheer volume of content
proposed will impact on teaching and learning.

“Our concerns relate mainly to the primary years, but particularly upper primary, where teachers and students could be expected to cover 16 different subjects,” he said.

“We are calling for the review to examine the content descriptions and achievement standards in these subjects
and assess how essential they are.”

Mr Byrne said the Queensland Catholic sector supported a measured approach to the curriculum review process.

“The Australian Curriculum has been developed through a process of expert input and wide consultation.

“Teachers have also put a great deal of work into implementing Phase 1 of the curriculum (English, mathematics, science and history) over the past three years.

“We support a robust, balanced and apolitical curriculum that will effectively prepare young Australians for the future.

“However, we believe that major changes to the Phase 1 subjects would be a significant and unnecessary
impost on teachers and school resources,” Mike Byrne said.

QCEC representatives will meet with the Australian Curriculum review panel in Brisbane on Monday 17 March.

Queensland’s 296 Catholic schools educate 143,000 or almost 1 in 5 students, and employ more than 17,000 teachers and staff.

Read the full QCEC submission to the Review of the Australian Curriculum