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NSW Department of Education and Communities

Curriculum support for NSW Public Schools

Australian Curriculum: Health and Physical Education K-10

The Australian Curriculum: Health and Physical Education (HPE) will assist students to develop the knowledge, understanding, skills, values and attitudes to lead healthy, productive and satisfying lives. The HPE curriculum will also provide learning opportunities to explore, develop, and master skills in a range of contexts (practical and theoretical) and provide invaluable opportunities for creativity, life-skill exploration, and socialisation within a structured and safe learning environment (ACARA, 2011).

What should NSW teachers know about the Australia Curriculum: Health and Physical Education K-10

The Australian Curriculum: Health and Physical Education is due for release from ACARA at the end of 2013. However, this does not mean it will be implemented in NSW Public Schools in 2014.

The Board of Studies NSW released a memorandum to Principals - Update on NSW syllabuses incorporating the Australian curriculum (24 July 2013), advising for PDHPE (and other K-10 learning areas not included in Phase 1), that:

Any decisions about adopting the Australian curriculum, developing syllabuses, and planning subsequent implementation will be made only after thorough consultation with NSW stakeholders. (Board of Studies NSW, 24 July 2013)

Teachers of PDHPE in K-6 and Years 7-10 should continue to implement current approved NSW syllabuses until advised otherwise by the Board of Studies NSW.

In relation to new syllabus development for PDHPE in NSW, the Joint memorandum to Principals Update on the Implementation of Australian Curriculum in NSW (31 July 2012) advised that:

The Board will follow its regular cycle of curriculum evaluation and review which will identify priorities for curriculum renewal. When a current syllabus or learning area is identified for renewal the Board will take the opportunity to incorporate Australian curriculum content. (Board of Studies, 31 July 2012)

Draft Australian Curriculum: Health and Physical Education

Earlier this year we developed a video presentation for teachers to clarify any misconceptions about the Australian Curriculum: Health and Physical Education. We have updated this video presentation to include the recent changes in the draft curriculum.

  

The new video presentation is 15 minutes in length and provides:

  • an explanation of the process of curriculum development nationally and in NSW
  • a timeline for the process
  • an overview of the structure and organisation of the Draft Australian Curriculum: Health and Physical Education
  • ideas for how to review the draft curriculum and what to look for when providing feedback
  • ideas for professional learning around the Australian Curriculum for teachers K-10

It is designed to be viewed by individuals or used by schools, networks, stage groups or faculties as a form of professional learning.

Shape of the Australian Curriculum: Health and Physical Education released (August 2012)

The Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) released the Shape of the Australian Curriculum: Health and Physical Education. This sets the broad direction for writing the Australian Curriculum: Health and Physical Education.

You can check on the progress of the Health and Physical Education curriculum on the ACARA site http://www.acara.edu.au/HPE.html and can also register for ACARA updates on http://www.acara.edu.au/news_media/subscribe.html

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