For teachers and school leaders
(updated 18 May 2020)
The Authority is taking a flexible approach to meeting emerging issues and is relying on schools to be similarly responsive in ensuring continuity of learning and delivery of assessment to students.
We will continue to update you with advice and support that will enable teachers and school leaders to respond to the challenges, as required.
Use this section to find information that:
- provides advice to support implementation of the Western Australian Curriculum and Assessment Outline (Pre-primary to Year 10)
- provides advice in relation to the delivery and assessment of all ATAR, General, Foundation and Preliminary courses, VET and endorsed programs
- outlines suggested accommodations to specific Year 11 and Year 12 courses where we know there are challenges
- provides support for teachers in interpreting the accommodations that are provided in Year 11 and Year 12 syllabuses for authentication of assessment tasks, learning that take place beyond the classroom and tasks that involve collaboration.
Authentication of assessment tasks
Assessment tasks not administered under controlled conditions require appropriate validation/authentication processes. Student work submitted to demonstrate achievement should only be accepted if the teacher can attest that, to the best of his/her knowledge, all work is the student’s own.
Teachers of Pre-primary to Year 10 students, who continue to be actively engaged in their school work, yet are unable to physically attend school (eg medically vulnerable students) should work with the student’s parent/carer/guardian to determine alternative arrangements to authenticate their assessments.
Teachers of students who continue to be actively engaged in Year 11 or 12 courses, yet are unable to physically attend school (eg medically vulnerable students, international students who are enrolled at a Western Australian school but have not been able to return to Western Australia due to COVID-19 restrictions) should contact the Authority, via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Learning that takes place beyond the classroom
When delivering curriculum in a remote environment, the use of formative assessments to maintain continuity of your teaching and learning program is important. Students will benefit from receiving feedback from their teacher. Appropriate feedback to students includes:
- identifying gaps in their understanding
- advising how they can improve their learning, rather than listing only what they got wrong
- teaching skills so that they can monitor and take responsibility for meeting their learning goals
- helping to identify their strengths and weaknesses
- giving examples of high-quality work along with opportunities for them to review and correct their own work.
Teachers should consider flexible ways for students to complete formative assessments particularly in a modified learning environment. These may include one or more of the following ways:
- photographic, video or audio evidence of the task being completed
- a discussion with the student about their understanding of the assessment task
- simulated, live online assessment
- personalised feedback via email or telepresence.
The broadest definition of collaboration is appropriate, ranging from individual/paired interactions to teams working together to achieve shared goals.
Collaboration can be achieved face-to-face or in online interactions or communities. Where students are collaborating through emails or online networks such as ‘Teams’, it is appropriate for the teacher to be copied into emails or invited as a member of the group so that authentication is possible.
Collaboration, depending on the requirements in the course syllabus, may be with one or more students, members of the community, teachers or relatives. Again, this should be interpreted very openly and students and teachers should consider a range of opportunities for collaboration.
- WA Department of Health: healthywa.wa.gov.au/coronavirus
- Department of Education: www.education.wa.edu.au
- Learning resources: www.education.wa.edu.au/learning-at-home
- Catholic Education WA: www.cewa.edu.au
- Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) update: https://www.cewa.edu.au/novel-coronavirus-update
- Coronavirus Health Information Line: 1800 020 080
- Headspace: www.headspace.org.au
- Beyond Blue: www.beyondblue.org.au 1300 22 4636
- Kids helpline: www.kidshelpline.com.au 1800 55 1800.
- Parent helpline: 1300 1300 52