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Curriculum teaching support for country schools

Teaching in country schools can require specialised 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 

Country schools can access curriculum resources to help translate the Australian Curriculum into relevant and effective learning opportunities.

These resources:

  • provide clear and concise curriculum implementation advice
  • help you to spark new ideas
  • support excellent teaching and learning for our diverse mix of students
  • help us raise the standards for every learner.

These resources were developed after a 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.

Curriculum resources include:

  • scope and sequences
  • units of work
  • curriculum planning resources.

Department staff can access curriculum resources and find out more at curriculum resources overview (staff login required) on our intranet (EDi). 

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. 

The framework focuses on achieving and growing 5 qualities:

  • value
  • access
  • continuum
  • connections
  • achievement.

Read the framework to find out more.

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.

Find out how to apply for the fund at 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.

Visit Open Access College to find out more.