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Middle Years of Schooling (Years 5-8)

Middle Years of Schooling (Years 5-8)

How does your state/territory define the 'middle years'?
What initiatives/programs are currently being implemented in the 'middle years' in your state or territory?
What are some of the current issues being addressed in your state/territory?

How does your state/territory define the 'middle years'?

The  South Australian Curriculum Standards and Accountability Framework defines the ‘Middle Years Band’ as years 6-9. The framework describes the characteristics of learners in this band in order to assist teachers to shape curriculum delivery appropriate to the needs of these learners.

Year 10 is often included in the Middle Years band and is represented in the Australian Curriculum (K-10) in phase 1. Year 10 is also aligned to the New SACE (South Australian Certificate of Education) structure.

What initiatives/programs are currently being implemented in the 'middle years' in your state or territory?

A number of schools: 

  • have developed transition networks that meet regularly to focus on creating a seamless transition from year 7 to 8. Such networks include primary and secondary school sites, incorporate a professional learning component and the sharing of learning programs that support the curriculum requirements.
  • A bi-annual International Middle Years of Schooling Conference is hosted in Adelaide. The next conference is September, 2010 and the theme is Our Worlds: Connecting in the Middle. This event is designed to provide an opportunity for national and international educators to connect, give voice to current, global and local research and practice.
  • have developed year 8 and 9 student presentations whereby students make explicit connections between their learning and the Essential Learnings from the South Australian Curriculum Standards and Accountability Framework. Such presentations occur to a panel of adults including teachers, parent(s), community members.
  • A number of projects have been undertaken with National Partnership funding. These include Literacy and Numeracy coaches and Teaching for Effective Learning Pedagogy Specialist Teachers working with teachers in schools. This involves professional development, inquiry and student achievement.
  • State initiatives include the Primary Maths Science Strategy focused on the Primary Years of schooling. This program has been designed to support teachers and school leaders in the teaching and learning of Mathematics and Science.

What are some of the current issues being addressed in your state/territory?

The department’s Enterprise and Vocational Education Team are supporting the development of enterprise and vocational learning in the middle years. Work and community-based learning is included. The South Australian Curriculum Standards and Accountability Framework supports these developments through their explicit incorporation in the framework and the professional development and teaching, learning and assessing materials.

The implementation of the Australian Curriculum from 2013 with the South Australian Teaching for Effective Learning Pedagogy Framework aims to engage adolescents, consider their learning and global needs and develop capabilities that are reflected in the 2008 Melbourne Declaration on Educational Goals for Young Australians. Appropriate and relevant Middle Years pedagogy will be supported through the development of South Australian Teaching for Effective Learning Framework (TfEL) resources.

The Department of Education and Children’s Services has established a Middle Years Advisory Group with representation from professional associations, tertiary education, parent organisations, teachers, school leaders, regional and central office personnel. The purpose of this group is to advise on the writing and implementation of the Australian Curriculum.
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