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Curriculum teaching support for country schools

Teaching in country schools can require specalised support, often due to the remote location or number of students and staff at the school.

There are resources, programs and other initiatives available to support you to focus on what you do best – working with each student.

Curriculum resources – units of work

You can access newly developed curriculum resources to deliver school subjects. This includes scope and sequence documents for all learning areas and practical units of work, to support curriculum programming and planning.

These resources were developed after a 2019 curriculum support review. The review identified the need to support teachers working in country schools, especially early career teachers, who need support working outside their individual specialties.

The scope and sequence documents contain:

  • a context statement outlining the key features of the subject
  • the Australian Curriculum achievement standard
  • a clear explanation of the concepts and content covered within the subject, identifying how they build in complexity throughout the years of schooling.

An R-6 and 7-10 scope and sequence for all learning areas (excluding languages – available September 2021) are available now.

The practical units of work contain evidence-informed advice for implementing the Australian Curriculum, including advice for:

  • delivering the concepts and content
  • collecting evidence of learning and assessment.

The units are designed to be aligned to the priorities and needs of your school and its students.

Units of work for English, Maths, Science, and Humanities and Social Sciences across years 5 to 9 are available now. Additional year levels and learning areas will be released in September 2021.

Find out more at school and preschool improvement, where you can also access these new curriculum resources. 

Quality music education in country schools

Music education resources and mentoring

You can access resources to support quality music education in your school through Charanga school’s online music education website. These resources were developed through a department partnership.

There’s also mentoring available from a dedicated Music Education Network Field Officer. The field officers regularly visit a number of country schools and preschools to provide support in-person and remotely. They’ve supported schools and preschools in the Yorke Peninsula, Port Pirie, Upper Mid-North, South-East and the Riverland.

The resources and mentoring aim to upskill educators across metropolitan and country South Australia, which is a key focus of the Music Education Strategy 2019 to 2029.

Email education.musicstrategy [at] sa.gov.au to find out more about Charanga resources or accessing mentoring.

Quality Music Education Framework

The South Australian Quality Music Education Framework (PDF 3MB) outlines how schools can create a world-class music education learning experience. 

It focuses on achieving and growing 5 qualities:

  • value
  • access
  • continuum
  • connections
  • achievement.

Music Innovation Fund

The Music Innovation Fund provides financial grants to country and metropolitan government schools and preschools, as well as music organisations and creative industries.

Schools and preschools can use the grant to invest in innovative and promising practices, partnerships and programs that create and sustain quality music.

A fourth round of school funding applications is expected to open in the second half of 2021. Information on how to apply will be released when the round opens.

Find out more about the Music Education Strategy and Music Innovation Fund.

Aboriginal education resource for leaders

The Aboriginal learner achievement leaders’ resource helps leaders in country and metropolitan schools raise literacy and numeracy achievements for all Aboriginal learners.

The resource is based on 6 elements:

  • data-informed planning
  • tracking and monitoring growth and achievement
  • assuring consistent, high-quality classroom practice
  • applying rigorous, evidence-based learning interventions
  • engaging families as partners in literacy and numeracy learning
  • promoting the continuity of learning.

The resource gives schools guiding questions for each element to help you plan and create specific actions.

The resource was developed under the Aboriginal Education Strategy, which is focused on empowering Aboriginal students as proud and confident learners.

Department staff can access the Aboriginal learner achievement leaders’ resource (staff login required) on our intranet (EDi).

Remote and Rural Schools Mathematics Program

The Remote and Rural Schools Mathematics Program delivers workshops to students and teachers in country schools. The program also provides personalised professional learning to country mathematics teachers.

Grant funding was provided to the Mathematical Association of South Australia to deliver the program.

Contact the Mathematical Association of South Australia for more information about how to get involved.

Open Access College

If your school doesn’t offer particular subjects, your students can access them through Open Access College’s distance and online education. This option makes sure your students don’t miss out on studying the subjects that are important for their future.

Open Access College is for students from reception to year 12. Students can enrol part time, regardless of if they’re at a government, Catholic or independent school.

Open Access College is now offering SACE Indonesian and Chinese Beginners courses online.

See Open Access College to find out more.