Subject renewal

Principles and process

The SACE Board regularly renews its accredited subjects to ensure that students have access to a relevant, contemporary, high quality senior secondary education.

The curriculum renewal process is guided by the following set of principles:

  • quality learning
  • engagement
  • innovation
  • quality assessment
  • manageability.

Process

Reference groups

A reference group comprising subject and industry experts, school sector and tertiary representation, and SACE officers oversees the drafting process.

Writers

Writers are selected from the reference group, and provide drafts to the group at key delivery points.

Focus group

Subject-specific practising teachers representative of sector and metropolitan and country regions provide feedback to the writers on the draft subject outline.

Consultation

Feedback on the completed draft subject outline is sought from the community via an online survey.

Improvement

Consultation feedback is analysed and improvements are made to the draft subject outline.

Accreditation

The draft subject outline is presented to the SACE Board for accreditation. Subjects are usually accredited by the Board in May or June of each year, and taught at Stage 1 in the following year.

Consultation

Music subjects — available for consultation until 5 May

Physical Education — available for consultation until 5 May

Subjects for teaching in 2018

The following redeveloped subjects will be taught for the first time in 2018:

Stage 2

Future subject renewals

Work has begun on the renewal of the following Stage 1 and Stage 2 subjects:

Digital Technologies

  • The draft subject outlines for Stage 1 and Stage 2 Digital Technologies were available for online consultation from 6 September–10 October 2016.
  • Digital Technologies was accredited by the Board in November 2016.
  • Stage 1 implementation workshops are scheduled for Term 3, 2017.
  • Stage 1 Digital Technologies is scheduled to be taught for the first time in 2018.
  • Stage 2 implementation workshops are scheduled for Term 2, 2018.
  • Stage 2 Digital Technologies is scheduled to be taught for the first time in 2019.

Music subjects — available for consultation until 5 May

  • Draft subject outlines for Stage 1 and Stage 2 Music are now available for consultation. Consultation closes 5 May 2017.
  • Accreditation of Music subjects is planned for June 2017.
  • Stage 1 implementation workshops are scheduled for Term 3, 2017.
  • Stage 1 Music is scheduled to be taught for the first time in 2018.
  • Stage 2 implementation workshops are scheduled for Term 2, 2018.
  • Stage 2 Music is scheduled to be taught for the first time in 2019.

Physical Education — available for consultation until 5 May

  • Draft subject outlines for Stage 1 and Stage 2 Physical Education are now available for consultation. Consultation closes 5 May 2017.
  • Accreditation of Physical Education is planned for June 2017.
  • Stage 1 implementation workshops are scheduled to be offered in Term 3, 2017.
  • Stage 1 Physical Education is scheduled to be taught for the first time in 2018.
  • Stage 2 implementation workshops are scheduled to be offered in Term 2, 2018.
  • Stage 2 Physical Education is scheduled to be taught for the first time in 2019.

Aboriginal Studies

  • The draft subject outlines for Stage 1 and Stage 2 Aboriginal Studies will be available for consultation from 15 May to 23 June 2017.
  • Accreditation of Aboriginal Studies is planned for August 2017.
  • Stage 1 and Stage 2 implementation workshops are scheduled to be offered in Term 3, 2017.
  • Stage 1 and Stage 2 Aboriginal Studies is scheduled to be taught for the first time in 2018.

Integrated Learning

  • The draft subject outlines for Stage 1 and Stage 2 Integrated Learning will be available for consultation from 8 May to 19 June 2017.
  • Accreditation of Integrated Learning is planned for July 2017.
  • Stage 1 and Stage 2 implementation workshops are scheduled to be offered in Term 3, 2017.
  • Stage 1 and Stage 2 Integrated Learning is scheduled to be taught for the first time in 2018.

Scientific Studies

  • Work is under way on the renewal of this subject.

Business and Enterprise

  • It is anticipated that work will begin on the renewal of this subject in Term 1, 2017.

More information

Contact

Kate Cooper
Manager, Learning and Assessment Design
+61 8 8372 7598
kate.cooper@sa.gov.au