11to12 Circulars - Edition 11 November 2021


Syllabus Review Information Meetings for ATAR Design

Claire Hodge
(08) 9273 6342

Teachers and stakeholders of the ATAR Design course are invited to attend the ATAR Year 11 and 12 Design syllabus review information meetings.

Consultation is an important part of the School Curriculum and Standards Authority’s curriculum and assessment development and review process.

Teachers and stakeholders are invited to register to attend a face-to-face meeting or a Webex meeting to:

  • analyse the feedback received via the 2020 survey on the Design ATAR course
  • identify the main changes between the current and the proposed course syllabuses
  • learn about the draft revised syllabuses
  • ask clarifying questions
  • provide feedback through an online survey.

Teachers and stakeholders are requested to bring their own copy of the draft materials with them when attending the information meetings. These materials can be found under Syllabus Review at: https://senior-secondary.scsa.wa.edu.au/syllabus-and-support-materials/arts/design.

Following the information meeting, teachers and stakeholders are encouraged to complete the syllabus review consultation survey.

The information meetings are free to attend, but schools are responsible for teacher relief and any travel and accommodation expenses.

Registrations are now open at: https://www.scsa.wa.edu.au/events/design-atar-years-11-and-12-draft-syllabus-consultation

English Non-ATAR Curriculum Advisory Committee

Maureen Lorimer
(08) 9273 6397 [Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday]

Practising teachers, and representatives of the following organisations: school systems/sector education offices, professional associations, universities, training, industry and community, are invited to nominate for the newly established English Non-ATAR Curriculum Advisory Committee. The committee is scheduled to commence meetings in February 2022.

Practising teachers of Years 11 and 12 General, Foundation and Preliminary English courses are encouraged to apply including teachers and representatives from regional areas.  Webex meetings are available to support online attendance.

The Nomination and Endorsement Forms are available by contacting Maureen Lorimer.  As part of the nomination process you will be required to attach a three page curriculum vitae.

The Terms of Reference are available via https://www.scsa.wa.edu.au/about-us/curriculum-advisory-committees and describe the structure and composition of the committees.

Applications close on Thursday 9 December 2021.

Please contact Ms Maureen Lorimer, Principal Consultant – Strategic Projects, by email (Maureen.Lorimer@scsa.wa.edu.au) if you require further information.

WACE Language course applications – Year 11 or 12 2022

Adriana Douglas
(08) 9273 6784

Schools are advised that the 2021 date for submission of a WACE Language course application has been closed. Applications for new enrolments in Year 11 and Year 12 will open from Monday 24 January 2022 to Thursday 24 February 2022.

Applications are to be submitted online via the Student Records Management System (SRMS) student portal https://studentportal.scsa.wa.edu.au/.

How to check the language course application status of students intending to enrol in a language course
To complement report CSE208 (Language Course Application Status) in the Student Information Records System (SIRS), a new report (CSE229 – SRMS Language Course Application Status) has been developed. CSE229 shows the status of all online language course applications submitted via the Student Record Management System (SRMS) student portal. CSE208 shows the application status of students who have submitted language applications using the paper form, and those students who have submitted online language applications through the student portal that have been finalised. CSE208 will be phased out in 2024.

CSE229 is available via the following SIRS pathway:

Reports > Other reports > Report type: Enrolments, Report: CSE229 – SRMS Language Course Application Status.

After selecting the current calendar year, it is important to select the relevant Academic Year (eg: Year 10 in 2021 for students intending to enrol in Year 11 in 2022).

If you have any questions, please use the School guide for online applications for WACE language courses or Student guide for online applications for WACE language courses to assist you/your students in completing the applications, or email languagesenrolment@scsa.wa.edu.au.

Key Messages for the Teaching and Assessing of Mathematics Year 11 and 12

Leith Pavlinovich
(08) 9273 6718

Suzie Harman (08) 9273 6768

Teachers and Heads of Learning Area of Years 11 and 12 General and ATAR Mathematics are advised that the School Curriculum and Standards Authority will be conducting workshops designed to support the teaching and assessing of Years 11 and 12 General and ATAR Mathematics courses.

The workshops will focus on the rationale of each of the courses and the effective use of assessment types that elicit a full range of achievement. Teachers will be provided with examples of Practical Applications, Investigations and Response tasks, with marking guides, developed for use in West Australian schools.

The dates for the workshops are as follows:

  • Face-to-face workshop (East Fremantle): Tuesday 30 November, 9.00 am – 11.30 am
  • Face-to-face workshop (East Fremantle): Tuesday 30 November, 1.00 pm – 3.30 pm
  • Face-to-face workshop (Wembley): Wednesday 1 December, 9.00 am – 11.30 am
  • Face-to-face workshop (Wembley): Wednesday 1 December, 1.00 pm – 3.30 pm
  • Webex Meeting (Online): Monday 6 December, 1.00 pm – 3.30 pm.

Registration is essential for all face to face workshops. The workshops are free to attend and are not compulsory. Schools are responsible for any costs incurred (for example, teacher relief or travel) as a result of attendance at the workshops.

Please note: Refreshments will not be provided.

Register online at https://www.scsa.wa.edu.au/events/key-messages-for-the-teaching-and-assessing-of-mathematics-year-11-and-12


2022 Assessment Task Review of selected Years 11 and 12 General and ATAR courses

Graeme Quelch
(08) 9273 6758

Schools are advised that in 2022 the School Curriculum and Standards Authority (the Authority) will conduct a second trial of the Assessment Task Review process (ATR) for selected Year 11 and 12 General and ATAR courses (see table below). This moderation activity is designed to support teachers to develop assessment tasks and marking keys that reflect the appropriate pitch and demand of the course, and meet the syllabus requirements.

Please note that only selected schools will be required to participate in the 2022 ATR moderation process. Further correspondence will be sent directly to these selected schools on Tuesday, 8February 2022.

The schools selected for the ATR are required to submit a separate assessment task and marking key for each of the nominated assessment types for each course they offer (see table below). The process will require the upload of documents to SIRS2.

Following the Authority’s review of the documents in 2022, a report for each course will be made available to schools. The report will outline suggested action/s the teacher may take to improve the quality of the assessment tasks or marking keys submitted.

Courses selected for the 2022 ATR – Years 11 and 12 General and ATAR courses

Learning Area


Nominated Assessment Types


Year 12 General Drama

- Performance/production

- Response

Year 11 General Music

- Composing and arranging

- Investigation and analysis


Year 11 General Literature

- Short written response

- Creative production

Year 12 General Literature

- Short written response

- Oral

Humanities and Social Sciences

Year 11 ATAR Politics and Law

- Short answer

- Source analysis


Year 11 ATAR Japanese: Second Language

- Response: Viewing and reading

- Written communication


Year 11 ATAR Applied Information Technology

- Project

- Extended answer

Year 11 General Materials Design and Technology

- Design

- Production

2022 EST mark allocation and course specific requirements (where applicable)

Gabby Raggio
(08) 9273 6787

Teachers are advised that the marks allocated to each General and Foundation Externally Set Task (EST) in 2022 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 requirements (where applicable) for each General and Foundation EST is also available on this page.

Vocational Education and Training (VET)

Endorsed Programs update November 2021

Arti Dogra
(08) 9273 6751

The following programs were endorsed by the School Curriculum and Standards Authority (the Authority) Board on 14 September 2021 and are available to students in Years 10, 11 and 12 for WACE recognition from 2021:

Provider-developed endorsed programs:

  • Anglican Schools Commission: Anglican Religious Studies program
  • Australian Swimming Coaches and Teachers Association (ASCTA): Swim Australia Teacher of Swimming and Water Safety
  • Busselton Jetty Inc: Youth Leadership program
  • Cambridge Assessment International Education: Cambridge International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) Global Perspective
  • Cisco Networking Australia: Networking Essentials
  • MieLab Pty Ltd: Shark Tank eSchool
  • Première Classe: Reston Formés!

A description of each program, the provider’s contact details, the allocated unit equivalence and the period of endorsement are detailed on the Authority website. The web link for endorsed programs is:


SIRS, Enrolments and General Information

2022 Term Calendar availability

Jenny Offer (08) 9273 6313

The 2022 Term Calendar is available on the School Curriculum and Standards Authority website at three locations:

The Term Calendar is based on the Activities Schedule.

The Outlook calendar will be available to download on a term-by-term basis. Any updates to the Activities Schedule will be noted in the Circular and replicated in new versions of the calendar.

Reminder: Application for recording of enrolment and achievement in ATAR Units 1 and 2 for students in Year 10 in 2023 (Year 8, 2021)

Kerry Tarrant (08) 9273 6770

Principals are reminded that Applications for recording of enrolment and achievement in ATAR Units 1 and 2 for students in Year 10 in 2023 (Year 8, 2021) must be received by the School Curriculum and Standards Authority (the Authority) no later than Thursday, 18 November 2021. The completed application form is to be emailed to certification@scsa.wa.edu.au.

An application form can be downloaded from the Authority website at https://scsa.wa.edu.au/forms/forms under the Enrolments tab.

Schools should only apply if the studies are part of a longer-term program for students who are:

  • either gifted and talented or
  • accelerated language students.

For further information please refer to Section 7 in the WACE Manual 2021. This publication is available on the Authority website via the following link: https://scsa.wa.edu.au/publications/wace-manual.