The Queensland Catholic Education Commission says that potential ‘overcrowding’ of the Australian Curriculum as Phase 2 and 3 subjects are rolled out is the most concerning issue that should be addressed by the review process currently underway.
In a media statement yesterday, Executive Director Mike Byrne said the review should carefully consider how the sheer volume of content proposed will impact on teaching and learning.
'Our concerns relate mainly to the primary years, but particularly upper primary, where teachers and students could be expected to cover 16 different subjects,' he said. 'We are calling for the review to examine the content descriptions and achievement standards in these subjects and assess how essential they are.'
Mr Byrne said the Queensland Catholic sector supported a measured approach to the curriculum review process. 'The Australian Curriculum has been developed through a process of expert input and wide consultation.
'Teachers have also put a great deal of work into implementing Phase 1 of the curriculum (English, mathematics, science and history) over the past three years. We support a robust, balanced and apolitical curriculum that will effectively prepare young Australians for the future.'
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