The study of English is central to the learning and development of all young Australians; it helps create confident communicators, imaginative thinkers and informed citizens. The study of English plays a key role in the development of literacy, which helps young people develop the knowledge and skills needed for education, training and the workplace.

The current Australian Curriculum: English is well-regarded with comparable content and standards to first language curricula in other countries. The structure of the curriculum has not changed, with the three strands of language, literature and literacy retained. The proposed revisions have tidied up the curriculum to make it more manageable for teachers, in particular, reducing content by removing duplication across content descriptions and improving their alignment with the achievement standards.

Please see Australian Curriculum – English, What has changed and Why for more detail on the proposed revisions.

Australian Curriculum Review – the process

In preparing for the Review, ACARA:

  • considered the latest research and international developments; and
  • consulted with practising teachers, curriculum experts, key academics and professional associations.

We formed the English Curriculum Reference Group and Teacher Reference Group to provide advice and feedback, with members nominated by state and territory education authorities and non-government sectors.

We also wanted a specific focus on primary schools, so we created the Primary (F–6) Curriculum Reference Group and Teacher Reference Group. These groups helped give advice and feedback on how we could improve the curriculum for our youngest students.

From this research, teacher feedback and our work with the reference groups, we identified some key areas where the English curriculum could be improved.

Download the English Consultation Curriculum

The proposed Australian Curriculum is available in three formats:

  • all elements
    • introductory information - includes the rationale, aims, organisation of the learning area, key connections and key considerations
    • curriculum content for all levels - includes year/band level descriptions, achievement standards, content descriptions and elaborations
  • scope and sequence - with achievement standards and content descriptions only
  • comparative information - showing the current and proposed revisions to content descriptions and achievement standards only.
You can access the primary level scope and sequence charts that combine all the learning areas and are presented by year level