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Western Australian Curriculum

Our schools follow the Western Australian Curriculum and Assessment Outline which lays out the Kindergarten to Year 10 curriculum for all Western Australian children.

It provides teachers and supporting staff with information to help plan and assess learning programs, and report those outcomes back to you. Our schools also offer special programs for children to extend their learning including:

What is the Western Australian Curriculum and Assessment Outline?

Replacing the curriculum framework, the Western Australian Curriculum and Assessment Outline lays out the Kindergarten to Year 10 curriculum for all Western Australian children. It provides teachers and supporting staff with information to help plan and assess learning programs, and report those outcomes back to you.

What learning areas does the Western Australian Curriculum cover?

There are seven learning areas:

  • English
  • mathematics
  • science
  • humanities and social sciences (including history, geography, civics and citizenship and economics and business)
  • the Arts
  • languages
  • health and physical education
  • technologies. 

An additional eighth learning area – languages – will be available from Semester 2, 2016.

These learning areas remain broadly consistent with the Australian curriculum but have been modified to suit Western Australian teachers and the children they teach.

You can find out about the specific content for each learning area and each year level from Pre-primary to Year 10 at School Curriculum and Standards Authority.

What is the timeline for the implementation of each learning area?

Year Learning Area
2015 Full implementation for English, mathematics and science into schools.
2016

Health and physical education, humanities and social sciences, technologies and the arts learning areas available to schools to start in Semester 1.

Languages learning area available to schools to start in Semester 2.

2017 Implementation of health and physical education, and humanities and social sciences learning areas.
2018 Implementation of the arts, technologies and languages learning areas.

What is the Western Australian Certificate of Education?

The Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) is the certificate that all young people in Western Australia receive after they successfully complete secondary school.

The WACE requires each person to demonstrate a breadth and depth of study, and to reach a specified achievement standard, including a literacy and numeracy. Young people typically complete their WACE in their final two years of secondary school, however there is no specified time limit for completion. Study towards achievement of the WACE can be undertaken over a lifetime.

How do I find out about reporting requirements for my children?

The School Curriculum and Standards Authority has established the reporting requirements for all schools in Western Australia.

Every public school must have an assessment and reporting plan which tells you how it reports your children’s progress to you.

Your children’s teachers should also keep you informed of your children’s progress during the school year, including their learning, depth of understanding and skills.

For further information you can contact your local school at any time.

What is the role of the School Curriculum and Standards Authority?

The School Curriculum and Standards Authority is an independent statutory authority that regulates school curriculum and assessment for all Western Australian children from Kindergarten to Year 12. 

It is responsible for:

  • setting standards of achievement, and assessment and certification, for your children
  • developing an outline of curriculum and assessment that sets out the knowledge, understanding, skills, values and attitudes your children are expected to acquire
  • developing guidelines for the assessment of achievement
  • developing and accrediting courses for schools by setting and recording each person’s achievement against standards, and reporting on those standards.

Where do I go for more information?

If you would like to know more about the Western Australian curriculum, talk with your local school or visit The School Curriculum and Standards Authority.