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The implementation of the Australian Curriculum requires staff to understand the intent and structure of the curriculum.

Knowledge and understanding about the Australian Curriculum will give insight into how to plan for the changes, how to articulate changes and possible strategies for developing others' understanding.

Embrace this challenge by leading curriculum improvement, reflecting on where you are and on the future of education to develop professional learning in teams and creating a professional learning agenda.

Resources found here will lead and assist you to create your own theories of practice through action inquiry.

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(Time 01.21) David York, an early career teacher reflects on how leaders support Australian Curriculum implementation.

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Developing self and others

The resources provided within this section will help principals learn about the Australian Curriculum requirements and assist with the implementation if you have little or no experience with curriculum change.

There are activities that will assist you in leading teams, building understanding and skills within school communities and learning to use feedback as a way of developing others by having the critical conversations such as:

  • what are we teaching?
  • how are we teaching?
  • why are we teaching that?
  • why do we do what we do?
  • what are the students expected to learn?
  • how do we know they are learning?


Leading improvement, innovation and change

Leadership of curriculum change management includes putting structures, resources and dedicated time and space in place, as well as measures to evaluate the success of your curriculum implementation. Principals need to critically reflect on their and others' achievements in terms of improving teaching and learning.

Within this section you will find resources to help you align professional learning with the school's educational goals and priorities. It will provide links to activities that assist in identifying structures and processes to support professional learning and tools for planning for professional learning.

Leading teaching and learning

Professional learning can improve the understanding of the Australian Curriculum by :

  • connecting with the evidence base of teacher impacts on student learning
  • balancing a whole school approach to implementation with the individual teacher and team interests and needs
  • identifying well-evidenced pedagogical practices
  • using data to inform practices in a cycle of inquiry.

Activities within leading teaching and learning, provide practical ideas across the curriculum or in particular areas.



Leading the management of the school

Leading the management of the school begins with a systematic collection and analysis of learning and assessment data and the use of this information to identify students' needs to make decisions and to set priorities.

Resources provided within this section will enable you to review the strengths and learning needs of the whole school community. You will have access to resources and activities that will assist principals with aligning current practices, processes, structures and resources with vision, values and moral purpose. Within this section there is information that will enable colleagues to explore possibilities so that structures and processes work effectively with the requirements to implement the Australian Curriculum. You will also find information and activities that will help engage and involve the school board and broader school community.

Engaging and working with the community

Curriculum improvement starts with leadership that provides clarity about :

  • what we want our school to look and feel like.
  • what it means for how we go about doing this.
  • what we want our parents to feel about our school.
  • how we will work in true partnership.

The resources provided here will help you to involve parents in understanding the curriculum and share understandings and practices in partnerships with schools and others.

This project is funded by the Australian Government Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations.

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