11to12 Circulars - Edition 11 November 2020
SDA 2021 of selected Years 11 and 12 General and ATAR courses
Graeme Quelch (08) 9273 6758
Schools are advised that in 2021 the School Curriculum and Standards Authority (the Authority) will conduct a syllabus delivery audit (SDA) for selected Years 11 and 12 General and ATAR courses (see table below). This moderation activity is designed to ensure that all schools are teaching and assessing the current syllabus in line with the requirements of the WACE Manual 2021, available on the Authority website.
Schools are required to submit a separate course outline and assessment outline for each listed course delivered.
For courses with defined contexts, schools are required to upload a separate course outline and assessment outline for each defined context.
Schools are reminded that for Year 12 courses, the course outline and the assessment outline must cover both Unit 3 and Unit 4 (year-long).
The process will require the upload of documents to SIRS2.
The Syllabus Delivery Audit 2021 School Coordinator Handbook and the Syllabus Delivery Audit 2021 Teacher and Head of Learning Area (HoLA) Handbook will be sent to all Principals Thursday, 19 November 2020 via the Student Information and Records System (SIRS). The handbooks will be available on the Authority website from Friday, 20 November at https://senior-secondary.scsa.wa.edu.au/moderation/syllabus-delivery-audit. Schools are required to complete the task of uploading documents between 9.00 am Friday, 20 November 2020 and 4.00 pm Friday, 19 February 2021. The documents can be either in Microsoft Word or PDF format.
Following the Authority’s review of the documents in 2021, a report for each course will be available to schools. Schools will be informed if a document does not meet the requirements of the syllabus and/or the WACE Manual 2021. The report will specify the action/s that the school needs to take to ensure the document meets the requirements of the Authority.
Courses selected for the Syllabus Delivery Audit 2021 – Years 11 and 12 General and ATAR courses
Year 12 General Dance
Year 11 General Design
Year 12 General Drama
Year 12 ATAR English as an Additional Language or Dialect
Health and Physical Education
Year 11 General Physical Education Studies
Humanities and Social Sciences
Year 11 General Ancient History
Year 11 ATAR and Year 12 ATAR Economics
Year 11 General Religion and Life
Year 11 ATAR and Year 12 ATAR Arabic
Year 11 ATAR and Year 12 ATAR AUSLAN
Year 11 General Chinese: Second Language
Year 11 General French: Second Language
Year 11 General German: Second Language
Year 11 ATAR and Year 12 ATAR Hebrew
Year 11 General Indonesian: Second Language
Year 11 General Italian: Second Language
Year 11 General Japanese: Second Language
Year 11 ATAR and Year 12 ATAR Modern Greek
Year 11 ATAR and Year 12 ATAR Polish
Year 11 ATAR and Year 12 ATAR Russian
Year 11 ATAR and Year 12 ATAR Sinhala
Year 11 ATAR and Year 12 ATAR Tamil
Year 11 ATAR and Year 12 ATAR Turkish
Year 11 General Biology
Year 11 General Human Biology
Year 11 General Integrated Science
Year 11 General Psychology
Year 11 General Automotive Engineering and Technology
Year 11 General Building and Construction
Year 11 General Computer Science
Year 11 General Food Science and Technology
Suspension of the provision of Japanese: First Language at Year 12
Lisa Djanegara (08) 9273 6382
The School Curriculum and Standards Authority (the Authority) participates with other curriculum and assessment authorities across Australia in the delivery of small candidature language subjects for study at Year 11 and Year 12 that can be accredited towards the Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE).
The Japanese: First Language course (Japanese and Literature) will be suspended from 2022, due to the very low candidature of this subject nationally.
The last year for Year 12 enrolments and related ATAR course examination in this subject will be 2021.
The Authority has removed the Year 11 course materials from the course page. The Year 12 course materials remain for 2021.
EST 2021 mark allocation and course specific advice (where applicable)
Kerry Cribb (08) 9273 6787
Teachers are advised that the marks allocated to each General and Foundation Externally Set Task (EST) in 2021 is provided in a document located on the School Curriculum and Standards Authority website at https://senior-secondary.scsa.wa.edu.au/assessment/externally-set-tasks.
In addition specific course advice (where applicable) for each General and Foundation EST is available at https://senior-secondary.scsa.wa.edu.au/assessment/externally-set-tasks.
SIRS, Enrolments and General Information
2021 Curriculum and Assessment Advice for Schools – Letter to Principals from the School Curriculum and Standards Authority Board Chair
Jo Merrey (08) 9273 6348
To support schools’ planning processes, the Chair of the School Curriculum and Standards Authority (the Authority) Board, Emeritus Professor Patrick Garnett, has written to all school principals outlining the Authority’s curriculum and assessment advice for schools in 2021.
A copy of the letter sent to principals may be viewed at:
https://scsa.wa.edu.au/publications/communication-to-schools under Letters sent to schools – 2020.
WACE Manual 2021 is now available
Jo Merrey (08) 9273 6348
Principals should ensure that school policy documents for students who are in Year 11 and Year 12 in 2021 are consistent with information in the WACE Manual 2021. Teachers should ensure that their teaching and assessment practices reflect those presented in the WACE Manual 2021.
The overall structure and content of the WACE Manual 2021 continues from 2020.
In this edition of the WACE Manual 2021:
- alert to a particular process is indicated by a box around the text
- updates made during the year will be marked with double lines and/or a document icon that includes the date of the change.
The WACE Manual 2021 is available on the Authority website at https://www.scsa.wa.edu.au/publications/wace-manual and via the Further Resources tab in the Years 11 and 12 section at https://senior-secondary.scsa.wa.edu.au/further-resources/wace-manual.