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Curriculum Requirements Policy

  1. What is this policy about?
    1. This policy sets out the responsibilities for the implementation of the ACT Curriculum in school plans and teaching and learning programs in ACT public schools.
  2. Policy Statement
    1. Under the Education Act 2004, Section 30 (the Act), the Director-General determines the curriculum requirements for students attending public schools (other than in years 11 and 12). These requirements include the framework of the curriculum and the principles on which the curriculum is based.
    2. Schools plan curriculum and develop teaching and learning programs that address the requirements of the ACT Curriculum.
    3. The school board develops, maintains and reviews the school curriculum plan.
    4. Schools decide how they organise their curriculum to maximise opportunities for students to access learning as set out in the ACT Curriculum.
  3. Who does this policy apply to?
    1. This policy applies to all ACT public schools with students in preschool to year 10.
  4. Context
    1. Student learning and development are at the centre of a school’s curriculum. The aim of curriculum is to develop students as learners and as people empowering them with the knowledge, understandings, capabilities and values to participate as active members of their community and society.
    2. Schools implement the ACT Curriculum as prescribed by the Director-General.
    3. This policy accords with the Melbourne Declaration on Education Goals for Young Australians 2008, specifically:
      • Australian schooling promotes equity and excellence
      • All young Australians become successful learners, confident and creative individuals, and active and informed citizens.
  5. Responsibilities
    1. School principals: lead and manage the implementation of the policy in schools, reporting their evaluations annually to the School Network Leader and through the school board report.
    2. School Boards: develop, maintain and review the school curriculum plan.
    3. School Network Leaders: monitor the implementation of the policy by the principals of their schools and inform the Director, Learning and Teaching of any identified development needs.
    4. Policy Owner: The Director, Learning and Teaching is responsible for this policy.
  6. Monitoring and Review
    1. The Policy Owner monitors the policy. This includes an annual scan of operation and review. A full review of the policy will be conducted within a three year period.
  7. Contact
    1. For support, contact the Learning and Teaching Branch on (02) 6205 9205.
  8. Complaints
    1. Any concerns about the application of this procedure or the procedure itself, should be raised with:
  9. References
    1. Definitions
      • Definitions are set out in the procedures. Key definitions are:
      • The ACT Curriculum Preschool to Year 10: is prescribed by the Director-General. It comprises the Australian Curriculum and Belonging, Being and Becoming: The Early Years Learning Framework.
      • School curriculum plan: is the overall scope and sequence of intended learning across the school years organised in key learning areas, subject or other school-specified categories.
      • Teaching and learning program: is a teacher’s plan of learning for a group of students in their designated care for a specified length of time, which includes the intended outcomes of the learning and the planned teaching activities and assessment strategies.
    2. Legislation
    3. Implementation Documents

Curriculum requirements in ACT Public Schools P-10 Policy: CRIAPS200903 is the unique identifier of this document. It is the responsibility of the user to verify that this is the current and complete version of the document, available on the Directorate’s website at

Policy Identifier: CRIAPS200903

Published: January 2016

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