Overview

The Department of Education acknowledges the important role that the arts play in preparing students to participate effectively as global citizens of the 21st century.
 
As one of the eight Learning Areas of the Western Australian Curriculum effective arts education is an integral part of a balanced school curriculum.
 

Adapting the Australian Curriculum

The School Curriculum and Standards Authority (the Authority) is responsible for the curriculum content and implementation timelines for Western Australia. The Authority has adapted the P (Foundation) -Year 10 Australian Curriculum to suit the specific needs of Western Australian students.
 

Western Australian Curriculum and Assessment Outline

The Western Australian Curriculum and Assessment Outline (the K10 Outline), accessible via the Authority's website www.scsa.wa.edu.au replaces the Curriculum Framework and is mandated for all Western Australian Schools.
 
The Outline incorporates the Pre-primary to Year 10 curriculum in seven learning areas: English, Mathematics, Science, Humanities and Social Sciences, Health and Physical Education, Technologies and The Arts and includes information on general capabilities, cross-curriculum priorities and student diversity. The curriculum for Languages was made available to schools for familiarisation at the beginning of Semester 2, 2016.
 
Read the letter about the Outline issued by the Authority to schools in September 2015 here.
 

Western Australian Curriculum: The Arts

A letter from Minister Collier was sent to all schools on Monday 20 July 2015 by the Authority confirming the Pre-primary to Year 10 syllabuses for Western Australia in the learning areas of Humanities and Social Sciences, Health and Physical Education, Technologies, and The Arts.
 
Teacher resources and achievement standards for The Arts will be progressively uploaded to the Authority's website.
 
Implementation remains the same as previously published i.e. expected to be in place in all schools with first reporting to parents by the end of Semester 1, 2018.
 
Read the full letter issued to schools here.
 
A media statement about the release of the curriculum was issued by Minister Collier on Tuesday 21 July 2015.
 
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