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Thursday, 11 Feb 2016

Curriculum Projects: Register of curriculum writers

BOSTES is seeking people with expertise in writing and reviewing syllabuses and support materials, to join its register of curriculum writers for projects commencing in 2016.

Writers and reviewers across a range of key learning areas will be selected from the register at various times of the year. There is no closing date for this register and expressions of interest will be accepted on an ongoing basis.

To join download the expression of interest form and register.

For more information, contact:
Rhonda Clarke
Principal Project Officer
rhonda.clarke@bostes.nsw.edu.au
(02) 9367 8246

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Thursday, 11 Feb 2016

Student work samples to be retained for Stage 5 and Preliminary courses

BOS 16/16

Who needs to read this notice:
Principals
Curriculum Co-ordinators
Head Teachers
Teachers of Years 10 and 11

Effective immediately

BOSTES grade monitoring procedures for Stage 5 and Preliminary courses involve reviewing student work samples from a selection of schools across the state to ensure there is consistent understanding of the standards represented by each of the grades A to E. Work samples are requested in Term 1 or Term 2 each year.

Schools are required to keep student work samples and the associated assessment activities for the following courses in 2016. From 2018, schools will be required to retain work samples for all Stage 5 and Preliminary courses.

Stage 5 courses

Preliminary courses

English

English (Standard)

Geography

Mathematics

English (Advanced)

Legal Studies

Science

English as a Second Language

Modern History

Australian Geography

Mathematics

Society and Culture

History

Mathematics General

Studies of Religion

Commerce

Biology

Industrial Technology

Drama

Chemistry

Information Processes and Technology

Food Technology

Physics

Community and Family Studies

Industrial Technology

Senior Science

PDHPE

PDHPE

Ancient History

Visual Arts

Photographic and Digital Media

Business Studies

 

Visual Arts

Economics

 

 

A minimum of three work samples, representing the upper, middle and lower range of achievement of the current cohort, should be retained for each course in a format that can be uploaded electronically. Each work sample should demonstrate performance towards the end of the stage that is typical of students awarded a particular grade (A to E) by the school. Work samples must be students’ original work, not teachers’ comments on a performance or submitted work. They should be labelled with the relevant grade.

Information about the requirement to retain student work samples is available on the Grades section of the BOSTES website. A guide to assist teachers in retaining work samples is also provided.

For more information, contact:
Sharon Phillips
Senior Project Officer
sharon.phillips@bostes.nsw.edu.au
(02) 9367 8164

 

Thursday, 11 Feb 2016

Supporting Students with Special Education Needs

BOSTES Early Stage 1 to Stage 5 syllabuses are inclusive of the full range of learners.

Most students with special education needs will meet curriculum requirements by participating fully in learning experiences based on the regular syllabus outcomes and content.

Collaborative curriculum planning will determine the most appropriate curriculum options for all students with special education needs in keeping with their learning needs, strengths, goals and interests.

Some students may require additional support, including adjustments to teaching, learning and assessment activities.

Subject specific advice for teaching students with special education needs can be found on the BOSTES website.

For more information, contact:
Peter Lee
Inspector, Primary Education
peter.lee@bostes.nsw.edu.au
(02) 9367 8191

Thursday, 11 Feb 2016

Amendment to the existing Stage 6 Information and Digital Technology Curriculum Framework Syllabus for 2016

BOSTES 15/16

Who needs to read this notice:
Principals
VET coordinators
RTO managers
TVET coordinators
Information and Digital Technology teachers

A new national ICT Information and Communications Training Package was released on 25 March 2015. The current Stage 6 Information and Digital Technology Curriculum Framework (approved 2012) is based on the now-superseded ICA11v2 Training Package (referred to as the ‘old’ Framework).

Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) and students completing the ‘old’ Framework (240 indicative hours) course in 2016 have the option of meeting HSC course requirements, including coverage of the HSC focus areas (HSC Content), through equivalent units of competency and qualifications from the new Training Package.

Students who achieve ICT units of competency would be eligible for an ICT qualification. They will also be eligible to sit for the Information and Digital Technology HSC examination in 2016 and count the results from their examination towards their Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR).

Schools and colleges should consult with their school system and/or RTO regarding delivery of courses from the ‘old’ Framework for their students continuing study in 2016.

The HSC examination in 2016 will be based on the HSC Content (focus areas) and Certificate III employability skills from the ‘old’ Framework – refer to Section 3 of the syllabus for further details. The HSC examination specifications, which describe the format of the examination, are contained in the Assessment and Reporting in Information and Digital Technology Stage 6 document for the 2016 HSC examination.

For more information, contact:
VET team
vet@bostes.nsw.edu.au
(02) 9367 8310

Thursday, 11 Feb 2016

Updated Stage 6 Information and Digital Technology Curriculum Framework Syllabus

BOS 14/16

Who needs to read this notice:
Principals
VET coordinators
RTO managers
TVET coordinators
Information and Digital Technology teachers

Following the release of the new ICT Information and Communications Technology Training Package, BOSTES has updated the Stage 6 Information and Digital Technology Curriculum Framework syllabus. The updated syllabus, based on ICTv3, is now available and can be viewed, along with a range of associated documents, on the BOSTES website. 

Implementation commences in 2016. The first Information and Digital Technology HSC examination based on the updated syllabus will be conducted in 2017.

Further advice is available about students completing the existing Information and Digital Technology (240 indicative hours) course in 2016 – refer to Official Notice: Amendment to the existing Stage 6 Information and Digital Technology Curriculum Framework Syllabus for 2016 (BOSTES 15/16).

For more information, contact:
VET team
vet@bostes.nsw.edu.au
(02) 9367 8310 

Thursday, 11 Feb 2016

Further advice available for Stage 6 Drama and Dance

Further Advice to Teachers and Students is a new feature available on the Stage 6 syllabus page of the BOSTES website for:

Further Advice for Teachers and Students replaces previous FAQs. It provides direct links to syllabus information and requirements, and easy-to-navigate headers that expand to provide comprehensive information and links to key BOSTES website material.

For more information, contact:
Rosemary Gorman
Inspector, Creative Arts
rosemary.gorman@bostes.nsw.edu.au
(02) 9367 8161

Thursday, 11 Feb 2016

Schools Reconciliation Challenge

The 2016 Schools Reconciliation Challenge (SRC) is now open. This annual art and writing competition for students in Stage 3 and Stage 4 supports teachers by providing them with comprehensive resources and activities around reconciliation.

SRC uses art and writing to engage students in reconciliation and to assist educators teach students about Aboriginal issues in an informed, meaningful and culturally sensitive manner. It is also designed to foster respectful relationships between schools and local Aboriginal communities.

Teaching e-kits support teachers to stimulate discussion among primary and secondary students about reconciliation in Australia. Students are encouraged to use the ideas and concepts generated from the discussion to create short stories and artworks. E-kits can be downloaded from the SRC website

The theme for the SRC this year is “Always was and Always will be” and explores different moments across Australia’s history. The competition is open until Friday June 10.

More details are available via NSW reconciliation.org.au, or contact the NSW Reconciliation Council via email schools@nswreconciliation.org.au or phone (02) 8095 9600.

For more information, contact:
Peter Lee
Inspector, Primary Education
peter.lee@bostes.nsw.edu.au
(02) 9367 8191

Thursday, 11 Feb 2016

NAPLAN PAR – Applications for disability adjustments

The application process for disability adjustments in NAPLAN tests is changing. In 2016, all applications should be submitted via the Disability Adjustments link in the Participation and Registration (PAR) website.

Disability adjustments in NAPLAN tests, requiring prior approval from BOSTES, include:

  • special print materials (large print, braille and electronic tests)
  • use of a scribe in the writing test
  • computer use in any test.

Detailed information about the application process will be provided in the PAR Manual and PAR help file.

  • PAR – Phase 1 website will be open to all schools from Thursday 25 February to Friday 4 March.
  • Applications for special print material close on Friday 18 March.
  • Applications for scribe use and computer use close on Friday 29 April.

The principal, NAPLAN coordinator and support teacher, where appropriate, will be advised by email of the application outcome.

For more information, contact:
NAPLAN team
naplan.nsw@bostes.nsw.edu.au
(02) 9367 8382 

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Thursday, 04 Feb 2016

NAPLAN PAR information for independent schools

2016 NAPLAN information for independent schools was emailed to schools in November 2015.

All principals are required to read and accept the terms of the NAPLAN Code of Conduct which will be included on the Statement of Compliance page in the Participation and Registration (PAR) website.

All students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 are registered to sit the NAPLAN tests via the PAR website. Details for all eligible students should be entered on to the student details spreadsheet. It is essential that the spreadsheet is completed correctly, as per the information provided, and uploaded to PAR.

The PAR website can be accessed by independent schools from Wednesday 10 February (https://www.naplanpar.nsw.edu.au) and the deadline for uploading and confirming all student details is Wednesday 24 February.

Please note that in 2016, principals will be issued with a new password to access PAR. The PAR user name will not change. The new login details will be emailed to principals this week.

Independent schools should contact the NAPLAN team on (02) 9367 8382 for further information.

For more information, contact:
NAPLAN team
naplan.nsw@bos.nsw.edu.au
(02) 9367 8382 

Thursday, 04 Feb 2016

PDHPE: Implementing amended content relating to Domestic Violence

Amendments to the Year 7-10 Personal Development Health and Physical Education (PDHPE) syllabus to make content relating to domestic violence explicit, should now be incorporated into 2016 teaching and learning programs.

The PDHPE teacher toolkit: Prevention of domestic violence has been developed to assist in the implementation of the amended content. Key features of the domestic violence teacher toolkit include:

  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Definitions
  • Signs and symptoms of abuse
  • Suggested resources
  • Support available
  • Sample activities
  • Research and references

To further assist teachers in planning the integration and delivery of the amended content, the NSW Association of Independent Schools is running a PDHPE Webinar: Respectful Relationships and Domestic Violence on Tuesday 1 March from 4.00 - 6.00pm.

Please contact your education sector for assistance for additional support:

Association of Independent Schools of NSW
Assistant Director, Professional Learning, Jo McLean: JMcLean@aisnsw.edu.au 
Education Consultant, Student Wellbeing & PDHPE, Nicky Sloss: NSloss@aisnsw.edu.au  

Catholic Education Commission NSW
State Coordinator, Student Wellbeing, Peter Grace: Peter.Grace@cecnsw.catholic.edu.au 

NSW Department of Education
PDHPE Advisor 7–10, Renee West: Renee.West@det.nsw.edu.au

Schools can make a difference through whole-of-school policies and procedures, and the delivery of curriculum content relating to respectful relationships and domestic violence.

For more information, contact:
Karen Ingram 
Inspector, PDHPE
Karen.ingram@bostes.nsw.edu.au
(02) 9367-8150