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Strategy to strengthen the teaching profession

Initiatives that will improve how the education sector recruits, trains, and places high quality teachers will be implemented where they are needed most, in a strategy set out by the NSW Government.

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Your Aid, We Deliver

Charity seeking Australian educators to help Cambodian students

An Australian-based not-for-profit, Your Aid, We Deliver aims to privide clean water, education, dental and medical services to communities in rural Cambodia.

Constantly seeking donations in the form of teaching resources and even the time of qualified teachers, Your Aid, We Deliver is currently promoting its new drive. Teachers, teaching students and student teachers are asked to consider applying for one of many positions teaching over 2,500 students English and computer skills.

Your Aid, We Deliver is fully funded through The Buddhist Library, meaning all donations and funds go directly to its projects, rather than needing to spend money on administration.

“We also have a mobile library and a Tuk Tuk library to provide education books to children in very remote areas,” said Paget Sayers, Founder of The Buddhist Library and Your Aid, We Deliver.

“The experience ​​our ​volunteers ​ha​ve​ ​in these communities and schools is incredibly enriching​​,​ invaluable​ and ​is great practical experience to develop their skills and gain global experience​,” he said. “The volunteers have a ​profound and ​long term positive impact on these communities by improving ​the opportunities for these children and giving them a chance to learn, grow and be literate.”

Your Aid, We Deliver doesn’t charge volunteers to assist them, and a contribution may be as small as the donation of an old textbook.

Visit the volunteer page on the group’s website for more details.


What does the new Victorian Curriculum mean for you?

This article has been provided courtesy of Jacaranda.

In September 2015, the Victorian Government announced the new Victorian Curriculum as a key pillar of its plan to become the ‘Education State’.

As many teachers will know, change in curriculum is not new in Victoria, and the state has long been at the forefront of innovation in curriculum development. A quick snapshot of the past two decades alone reveals a commitment to ongoing reform and to improving learning outcomes for students.

Here’s a summary of the major innovations:

1995: The Curriculum and Standards Framework (CSF) was first implemented in Victorian schools.
2000: The CFS was republished as the CSF II. The CSF described explicitly what Victorian students should know from years prep through to Year 10 in eight key learning areas.
2006: The CSF II was replaced by the Victorian Essential Learning Standards (VELS) which was built on the strong foundations of the CSF but also emphasised the interdisciplinary skills students needed to succeed in the world; skills such as how to relate to each other, how to understand the world and how to communicate ideas.
2013: The Australian Curriculum in Victoria (AusVELS) was implemented.
2015: The Victorian Government introduced the new Victorian Curriculum, which can be implemented from 2016 and must be implemented by 2017. The curriculum ‘is the common set of knowledge and skills required by students for life-long learning, social development and active and informed citizenship.’1

As with any curriculum change, there are differences will need to be factored in. While teachers in Victorian schools have proven themselves highly adept at incorporating practical and aspirational elements of each curriculum reform phase, managing the transition can be an overwhelming task. In particular, the 2017 Victorian Curriculum not only introduces several changes that apply across all learning areas, but a number of subject-specific changes as well.

Victorian Curriculum by Jacaranda.
Guide to the new Victorian Curriculum by Jacaranda.

The overall impact, therefore, will inevitably vary by subject. To find out what the 2017 Victorian Curriculum means for you, download Jacaranda’s fact sheet. There’s one for each learning area: Mathematics, Science, Humanities, English and Health and Physical Education. This definitive guide will provide:

      Summary of the key changes that all teachers must implement
      Description of the General Capabilities
      Outline of structural and content changes for each learning area
      Insights from our publishing team


We hope the fact sheet is a useful resource to help teachers gain confidence going into 2017. If you have any additional questions about what the curriculum changes mean for you, don’t hesitate to email us.

1. Source: http://victoriancurriculum.vcaa.vic.edu.au/