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Outdoor Education Stage 1
Subject outline

Version 4.0 - For teaching in 2024.
Accredited in August 2019 for teaching at Stage 1 from 2020.

Stage 1 | Subject outline | Assessment design criteria

Assessment design criteria

The assessment design criteria are based on the learning requirements and are used by teachers to:

  • clarify for the student what they need to learn
  • design opportunities for students to provide evidence of their learning at the highest possible level of achievement.

The assessment design criteria consist of specific features that:

  • students should demonstrate in their learning
  • teachers look for as evidence that students have met the learning requirements.

For this subject the assessment design criteria are:

  • planning
  • evaluation and reflective practice
  • exploration, understanding, and analysis.

The specific features of these criteria are described below.

The set of assessments, as a whole, must give students opportunities to demonstrate each of the specific features by the completion of study of the subject. 


The specific features are as follows:

P1 Planning of safe and sustainable outdoor activities and journeys.

Evaluation and Reflective Practice 

The specific features are as follows:

ERP1 Reflective practice of personal experiences and social skills in a natural environment.
ERP2 Evaluation and reflective practice of the development and application of practical outdoor skills.

Exploration, Understanding, and Analysis  

The specific features are as follows: 

EUA1 Exploration of the natural environment, considering different perspectives.
EUA2 Understanding and analysis of environmental systems and/or issues to recognise actions required to enhance sustainability of natural environments.