Kto10 Circulars

April 2019

General Information, SIRS and Enrolments

Additional Pre-primary to Year 6 Information Briefings – Bunbury and Busselton Areas

Sven Sorenson 
(08) 9273 6390

In Term 2, the School Curriculum and Standards Authority will offer a workshop/briefing for primary administrators and curriculum leaders focusing on strategies, developed with practising teachers, on planning for all eight learning areas in recognition of the teaching time available to schools.

We wish to advise that two additional briefings have been added to the offerings, for the Bunbury and Busselton areas.

For more information, including registration for sessions, please go to


Curriculum Advisory Committees 2019

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

The Curriculum Advisory Committees will contribute to ensuring that all Western Australian students have the opportunity to maximise their learning potential.  The new structure includes committees for the following phases of learning:

  • the Early Childhood (Years K – 2)
  • the Middle and Late Childhood (Years 3 – 6)
  • the Early and Middle Adolescence (Years 7 – 10)
  • the Late Adolescence and Early Adulthood (Years 11 and 12).

These committees will be responsible for providing expert advice to the School Curriculum and Standards Authority on a range of matters, including, but not limited to:

  • the Western Australian Curriculum – Kindergarten to Year 10
  • the Principles of Teaching, Learning and Assessment
  • the Pre-primary to Year 10: Teaching, Assessing and Reporting Policy and Policy Standards for Pre-primary to Year 10: Teaching, Assessing and Reporting
  • external assessments (National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN), Online Literacy and Numeracy Assessment (OLNA), Externally Set Tasks (ESTs) and Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) course examinations)
  • assessment and moderation – Pre-primary to Year 2, Years 3 to 6, Years 7 to 10, Years 11 and 12
  • the Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) syllabus requirements.

Committee membership may be viewed via the following link:


Registration of students on SIRS Term 2 2019

Lynn Galbraith (08) 9273 6702

Student registration and demographic information should be uploaded to the Student Information Registration System (SIRS) on a regular basis, at least once a term, to ensure accuracy and currency of data for all schools. For schools with a large turnover of student population, it is recommended that this is done on a more regular basis (once a fortnight or once a month).

Details of how to register students are provided in the updated Data Procedures Manual 2019 – https://www.scsa.wa.edu.au/publications/data-procedures-manual, with links to assist schools using Reporting to Parents, MAZE, and Excel. There is also a separate Student Registration Procedures Manual found at https://www.scsa.wa.edu.au/sirs-info/primary-schools to assist primary schools with creating and uploading their Student Registration and Demographic File (SRGDG) and Teacher Registration File (THREG).

Primary schools utilising the Brightpath Program need to ensure any new students and teachers are uploaded to SIRS using the SRGDG and THREG files before Friday, 10 May 2019 to ensure this data is sent to Brightpath on their behalf ready for Term 2.

To assist schools with understanding the error and warning messages received after uploading a file, a list of SIRS Error Messages and how to fix them have been published on the Authority website under SIRS Information found at https://www.scsa.wa.edu.au/sirs-info.

Schools are requested to include their school code in any correspondence.

Teaching and Assessment

Alternative Curriculum and Reporting Recognition Process 2019

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

Schools who plan to implement a curriculum that is different to the P-10 Western Australian Curriculum and/or a different method of reporting student achievement, as outlined in the School Curriculum and Standards Authority’s Pre-primary to Year 10: Teaching, Assessing and Reporting Policy (Section 1.2 Recognition of an alternative curriculum), are invited to notify their intention to the School Curriculum and Standards Authority (the Authority) to seek recognition. Please note that this is NOT referring to a modified curriculum as outlined in Section 1.1 Modified curriculum.

The Notice of Intention template is available at https://k10outline.scsa.wa.edu.au/home/teaching/alternative-curriculum-recognition.

Please submit the Notice of Intention to maureen.lorimer@scsa.wa.edu.au by the 31 May 2019.  Submissions are due by the end of June 2019.

In 2019, the Authority will accept alternative curriculum submissions for the following Pre-primary to Year 10 learning areas:


Health and Physical Education

Humanities and Social Sciences

Languages (Year 3 and Year 4)




The Arts

Information is provided at https://k10outline.scsa.wa.edu.au/home/teaching/alternative-curriculum-recognition to assist organisations to prepare for submissions to the Authority’s Alternative Curriculum/Reporting Recognition Review Panel.

Any questions about this information should be directed to Maureen Lorimer, Principal Consultant, Strategic Projects (maureen.lorimer@scsa.wa.edu.au).