11to12 Circulars - Edition 3 April 2021

Courses

Syllabus Review Information Meetings for Drama ATAR

Contact
Maxwell Leech
(08) 9273 6740
Max.Leech@scsa.wa.edu.au

The following courses are ready for public consultation:

  • Year 11 and 12 Drama (ATAR)

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

From the commencement of Term Two, the proposed draft syllabuses will be available to download from the Drama course webpage.

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

  • identify the main changes between the current and the proposed course syllabuses
  • learn about the draft revised syllabuses
  • ask 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.

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://scsa.wa.edu.au/events/syllabus-review-information-meetings.


Syllabus Review Information Meetings for Geography ATAR

Contact
Carolyn Fleischer
(08) 9273 6735
Carolyn.Fleischer@scsa.wa.edu.au

The following courses are ready for public consultation:

  • Year 11 and 12 Geography (ATAR)

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

From the commencement of Term Two, the proposed draft syllabuses will be available to download from the Geography course webpage.

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

  • identify the main changes between the current and the proposed course syllabuses
  • learn about the draft revised syllabuses
  • ask 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.

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://scsa.wa.edu.au/events/syllabus-review-information-meetings.


Syllabus Review Information Meetings for Media Production and Analysis ATAR

Contact
Gemma Wright
(08) 9273 6783
Gemma.Wright@scsa.wa.edu.au

The following courses are ready for public consultation:

  • Year 11 and 12 Media Production and Analysis (ATAR).

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

From the commencement of Term Two, the proposed draft syllabuses will be available to download from the Media Production and Analysis course page.

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

  • identify the main changes between the current and the proposed course syllabuses
  • learn about the draft revised syllabuses
  • ask 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.

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://scsa.wa.edu.au/events/syllabus-review-information-meetings.


Syllabus Review Consultation Forum for Music ATAR

Contact
Nick Fielding
(08) 9273 6756
Nick.Fielding@scsa.wa.edu.au

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

Teachers and stakeholders are invited to register to attend a whole-day consultation forum on Thursday, 3 June to:

  • analyse the feedback received via the 2020 survey on the Music ATAR course
  • explore options for the future draft Music ATAR syllabus, stemming from the survey feedback
  • provide direction for the future draft Music ATAR syllabus through an online survey during the event.

Schools offering the Year 11 and/or Year 12 Music ATAR course may register one teacher to attend the event. Schools with large student enrolments in the Music ATAR course may request to register additional teachers by contacting the Authority via the contact listed above.

Non-school-based stakeholders will be contacted directly to invite them to register. Non-school-based stakeholders include representatives from Instrumental Music School Services, Universities and relevant professional associations.

Teachers and stakeholders are requested to bring with them:

  • an electronic device for completing online feedback (e.g. smart phone, laptop)
  • a copy of the current syllabus (either hard copy or digital)

There is no charge to schools or individuals to attend the event, but schools are responsible for teacher relief and any travel and accommodation expenses. Morning tea and lunch will be provided.

Registrations are now open at https://www.scsa.wa.edu.au/events/music-syllabus-review-consultation


Vocational Education and Training (VET)

Nominal hours for Certificate II qualifications

Contact
Arti Dogra
(08) 9273 6751
Arti.Dogra@scsa.wa.edu.au

Rachael Davidson (08) 9273 6750
Rachael.Davidson@scsa.wa.edu.au

Students who complete a Certificate II qualification with units of competency that amount to less than 220 nominal hours will meet the minimum Certificate II requirement; however, the qualification will only contribute towards the WACE as two Year 11 unit equivalents.

Depending on the selection of elective units of competency, common qualifications with low total nominal hours include SIS20319 Certificate II in Sport Coaching and FSK20119 Certificate II in Skills for Work and Vocational Pathways.

The nominal hours for units of competency can be accessed from the Department of Training and Workforce Development via the training product search: https://www.dtwd.wa.gov.au/training-product-search.

Further information about the allocation of unit equivalence for VET qualifications can be found on page 67 of the 2021 WACE Manual https://scsa.wa.edu.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0003/637104/WACE-Manual-2021-January-2021.PDF.


Examinations

2021 Year 12 Practical examination requirements documents and practical marking keys for ATAR courses

Contact
Gabby Raggio
(08) 9273 6360
Gabby.Raggio@scsa.wa.edu.au

Barclay Jones (08) 9273 6309
Barclay.Jones@scsa.wa.edu.au

Teachers are advised that the 2021 Year 12 Practical examination requirements documents and the practical marking keys for ATAR courses with practical examinations are available on the School Curriculum and Standards Authority website. Please see the links below. The materials are located on the relevant ATAR course page.

Both teachers and students must be familiar with the course specific practical examination requirements document and practical marking keys. They contain important information about the reporting of achievement, how the examination is structured and conducted as well as key dates.

Aviation
https://senior-secondary.scsa.wa.edu.au/syllabus-and-support-materials/technologies/aviation

Chinese: Second Language
https://senior-secondary.scsa.wa.edu.au/syllabus-and-support-materials/languages/chinese-second-language

Dance
https://senior-secondary.scsa.wa.edu.au/syllabus-and-support-materials/arts/dance

Design
https://senior-secondary.scsa.wa.edu.au/syllabus-and-support-materials/arts/design

Drama
https://senior-secondary.scsa.wa.edu.au/syllabus-and-support-materials/arts/drama

English as an Additional Language/Dialect
https://senior-secondary.scsa.wa.edu.au/syllabus-and-support-materials/english/english-as-an-additional-language-or-dialect

French: Background Language
https://senior-secondary.scsa.wa.edu.au/syllabus-and-support-materials/languages/french-background-language

French: Second Language
https://senior-secondary.scsa.wa.edu.au/syllabus-and-support-materials/languages/french-second-language

German: Background Language
https://senior-secondary.scsa.wa.edu.au/syllabus-and-support-materials/languages/german-background-language

German: Second Language
https://senior-secondary.scsa.wa.edu.au/syllabus-and-support-materials/languages/german-second-language

Indonesian: Second Language
https://senior-secondary.scsa.wa.edu.au/syllabus-and-support-materials/languages/indonesian-second-language

Italian: Background Language
https://senior-secondary.scsa.wa.edu.au/syllabus-and-support-materials/languages/italian-background-language

Italian: Second Language
https://senior-secondary.scsa.wa.edu.au/syllabus-and-support-materials/languages/italian-second-language

Japanese: Second Language
https://senior-secondary.scsa.wa.edu.au/syllabus-and-support-materials/languages/japanese-second-language

Materials Design and Technology
https://senior-secondary.scsa.wa.edu.au/syllabus-and-support-materials/technologies/materials-design-and-technology

Media Production and Analysis
https://senior-secondary.scsa.wa.edu.au/syllabus-and-support-materials/arts/media-production-and-analysis

Music
https://senior-secondary.scsa.wa.edu.au/syllabus-and-support-materials/arts/music

Physical Education Studies
https://senior-secondary.scsa.wa.edu.au/syllabus-and-support-materials/health-and-physical-education/physical-education-studies

Visual Arts
https://senior-secondary.scsa.wa.edu.au/syllabus-and-support-materials/arts/visual-arts


Examination reports for the 2020 ATAR course examinations

Contact
Gabby Raggio
(08) 9273 6360
Gabby.Raggio@scsa.wa.edu.au

Teachers are advised that the 2020 ATAR summary examination reports for candidates are available on the course page of the School Curriculum and Standards Authority website. The full version of the examination reports for teachers are also available on the website once logged into the Extranet.

The Extranet is the Authority’s secure area for teachers to access materials and resources to support them in their work. Please use the link below to log into the Extranet or to register:

https://scsa.wa.edu.au/extranet/login

An examination report is not available for some courses where there were insufficient candidates to enable any valid statistical analysis.


2021 Rules of conduct for Year 12 ATAR course examinations

Contact
Barclay Jones
(08) 9273 6309
Barclay.Jones@scsa.wa.edu.au

The rules of conduct for the Year 12 ATAR course examinations conducted by the School Curriculum and Standards Authority (the Authority) will be available in the Year 12 Information Handbook Part II: Examinations 2021, published on the Authority website in July 2021. It is the responsibility of all candidates to ensure that they understand all instructions relating to the examinations. The examination centre supervisor (written examinations) and the chief marker (practical examinations) will report alleged breach of examination rules to the Manager, Examinations Logistics at the Authority.

Information relating to breaches of examination rules and the maximum penalties that might apply in an examination can be located on the Authority website at https://senior-secondary.scsa.wa.edu.au/assessment/examinations/rules-of-conduct-for-atar-course-examinations. The generic instructions, read aloud by supervisors to candidates prior to the commencement of reading time for written examinations, can also be located on this webpage. It is strongly recommended that schools familiarise students with the breach rules and conduct school-based examinations using the generic instructions to ensure students are prepared for the external examinations conducted by the Authority.

Please note that no candidate will be permitted to wear or take a watch (analogue, digital or smart watch) or similar wireless-enabled technology device (for example, Fitbit) into the examination room in 2021. These items will be considered as unauthorised items. Ensure that all students are made aware of this rule.


General Information, SIRS and Enrolments

Year 11 and Year 12 student enrolments in course units for 2021 - timeline

Contact
Jenny Offer
(08) 9273 6313
Jenny.Offer@scsa.wa.edu.au

Last dates for changes and withdrawals
Schools are reminded that the last date for changes to enrolments is Thursday, 1 April 2021 for:

  • ATAR, General, Foundation, Preliminary and VET industry specific courses for Year 12 students
  • ATAR, General and Foundation courses (Units 3 and 4) for Year 11 students.

After Thursday, 1 April:
SIRS will be locked and no further changes (except withdrawals) will be accepted in the above courses

  • Year 11 and Year 12 students are able to withdraw from ATAR courses (Units 3 and 4) with practical examination components until Thursday, 22 July 2021
  • Year 11 and Year 12 students are able to withdraw from ATAR courses (Units 3 and 4) which do not have practical examination components until Monday, 9 August 2021
  • Year 12 students are able to withdraw from ATAR (Units 1 and 2), General, Foundation, Preliminary and VET industry specific courses until Monday, 9 August 2021.

If schools do not withdraw students from Year 12 ATAR courses before the above deadlines, then these students are enrolled in the course and are required to sit the ATAR course examinations. Where the Year 12 ATAR course has both written and practical examinations, students are required to sit for both of these examinations. Students who do not sit an ATAR course examination and do not have an approved sickness/misadventure application for that course, will not have the grades for the pair of units completed in that year contribute to the calculation of the Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE). Further details relating to the consequences of not sitting examinations and WACE requirements can be found in the WACE Manual 2021 at https://www.scsa.wa.edu.au/publications/wace-manual under Explanatory notes relating to WACE requirements 2021 (Number 5).

The final date for upload into SIRS for enrolments in year-long Year 11 courses for Year 11 students is Tuesday, 29 June 2021. After this date, SIRS will be locked and no further changes (except withdrawals from these courses) will be accepted. From this date, Year 11 students may only be enrolled into single units for Semester 2. Schools are also reminded that the last date for changes to enrolments in VET industry specific courses for Year 11 students is Thursday, 12 August 2021.

Non-school candidate enrolments
Enrolments as non-school candidates in ATAR course examinations must be received at the Authority by Thursday, 1 April 2021. No further applications will be accepted after this date. This form can be found on the Authority website at https://www.scsa.wa.edu.au/forms/forms (under Enrolments).

Overseas full fee-paying student declaration forms
Year 10 and Year 11 Overseas full fee-paying student declaration form – 2021 and/or Year 12 Overseas full fee-paying student declaration form – 2021 with payment (for schools in Western Australia only) are due on Tuesday, 11 May 2021. It should be noted that payment of these fees is required before the Western Australian Statement of Student Achievement (WASSA) and Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) can be issued by the Authority.

These form can be found on the Authority website at https://www.scsa.wa.edu.au/forms/forms (under Declarations).


Applications for marking the 2021 EST

Contact
Melanie Jasper
(08) 9273 6732
Melanie.Jasper@scsa.wa.edu.au

Cristina Caruso (08) 9273 6317
Cristina.Caruso@scsa.wa.edu.au

The School Curriculum and Standards Authority is seeking qualified people interested in marking the 2021 Externally Set Tasks (EST). For information regarding marker applications for the 2021 EST please refer to:

https://www.scsa.wa.edu.au/about-us/employment.

Applications will close Wednesday, 28 April 2021.


Endorsed Program update April 2021

Contact
Arti Dogra
(08) 9273 6751
Arti.Dogra@scsa.wa.edu.au

Schools are advised that the BikeRescue program developed by Dismantle Inc. is no longer endorsed by the School Curriculum and Standards Authority (the Authority).

Secondary school students who are currently undertaking the BikeRescue program will not be able to gain unit equivalence for this program towards the achievement of their Western Australian certificate of Education (WACE) from 2021 onwards and the program will not be listed on their Western Australian Statement of Student Attainment (WASSA). Please contact Arti Dogra (Principal Consultant – VET and Endorsed Programs) at 08 9273 6751 or Arti.Dogra@scsa.wa.edu.au if your school has already enrolled students in this program for 2021.

2021 Endorsed programs list
The revised list of endorsed programs available to students in Years 10, 11 and 12 in 2021 can be accessed from the Authority website. The web link for endorsed programs is:https://senior-secondary.scsa.wa.edu.au/syllabus-and-support-materials/endorsed-programs. Scroll to the bottom of the web page and select the Excel document titled ‘2021 Endorsed program codes and achievement descriptors’.