Australia at a Glance• Size 7,617,930 sq Km• Population, 2008 22,431,178• School enrolment, 2008 3,444,474• Number of schools, 2008 9,562 (6,488 primary, 3074 secondary) Source: 2008 Australian National Report on Schooling
State/Territory Total No. of Percentage Population schools (approx)New South 7 million 3 109 32.5%WalesVictoria 5.4 million 2 288 23.9%Queensland 4.4 million 1 713 17.9%South Australia 1.6 million 795 8.3%Western 2.2 million 1 065 11.2%AustraliaTasmania 500 000 277 2.9%Northern 220 000 187 2.0%TerritoryAustralian 350 000 128 1.3%Capital TerritoryAustralia 21.67 million 9 562 100%
Schools by Sector, 2008 Number PercentageGovernment Schools 6,833 71.5%Non-Government Schools • Catholic 1,705 17.8% • Independent 1,024 10.7%Total Australian Schools 9,562 100%Source: 2008 Australian National Report on Schooling
Key National Initiatives• Australian Curriculum• Transparent reporting• Quality teaching and learning and school leadership• Digital education• Online assessment
Australian Curriculum–Phase 1 - English, mathematics, history and science (K-10)–Phase 2 - Geography, languages and the arts (K-10)–Phase 3 - ICT and design & technology, health and physical education, economics, business and civics and citizenship (K-10)–Senior secondary curriculum being negotiated
Australian Curriculum• General capabilities: literacy, numeracy, ICT, thinking skills, ethical behavior, creativity, self-management, teamwork, intercultural understanding and social competence.• Cross-curriculum dimensions: Indigenous history and culture, Asia and Australia’s engagement with Asia and sustainability.
Digital Education$2.4 billion national investment over 4 years for: – hardware for secondary schools and for students in Years 9 to 12, a 1:1 ratio – fast broadband services – ICT proficiency of teachers and school leaders – online curriculum tools and resources to support the Australian Curriculum – online diagnostic tools & online assessment
National Architecture for Schooling AITSL ACARA Quality Teaching Curriculum Leadership Assessment Professional Reporting Learning Standards ESA Digital Learning Resources Information Technology, Curriculum, Assessment, and Professional Learning Services
Education Services Australia• not-for-profit company providing services to the education Ministers: – to advance key nationally-agreed education initiatives, programs and projects – to create, publish, disseminate and market curriculum and assessment materials, ICT based solutions, products and services to support learning, teaching, leadership and administration
Education Services Australia120 projects and services covering:• Education technology systems• Curriculum• Online print and electronic library cataloguing• National online careers advice• Online assessment• Digital content
National Digital Learning Resource Network – Over15000 digital curriculum resources – National sharing by teachers and states and territories – Access to resources from cultural agencies and public and private providers – Digital rights – Accessed by teachers through Scootle where State or Territory does not have portal
The video on Scootle can be viewed at http://esa.edu.au/scootle
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