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Review of the Australian Curriculum – HASS

May 26 - Jun 9, 2021


Full course description

Date and time

Wednesday 26 May 2021, 3.30 pm to 5.00 pm

Delivery mode

Online – a Zoom link will be provided 24 hours prior to the event


This learning event is right for you if you are an early years/primary/secondary educator or leader responsible for curriculum decisions in your school.


From the end of April to July 2021, ACARA is seeking consultation and feedback on the refinements and changes made to the Australian Curriculum from Foundation to Year 10. As curriculum leaders and teachers, passionate about HASS, you will come away with the tools and strategies to facilitate a professional conversation with colleagues around the proposed changes within the HASS Curriculum. At the close of the consultation process, all feedback will be considered before the curriculum goes live in 2022. This is an exciting time to be able to share your working knowledge, insights, and perspectives of the curriculum from the coal face and impact the learning outcomes for all Australian children.

This learning event supports creating best practice toward meeting the following VRQA standard(s):

  • Curriculum and Student Learning – Curriculum framework                                                                      
  • Curriculum and Student Learning – Student learning outcomes 
  • Curriculum and Student Learning – Monitoring and reporting on students’ performance                              

Key takeaways                

  • deeper conceptual understanding of the Achievement Standards
  • deeper understanding of the importance of the Rational, Achievement Standards and Content Descriptors
  • awareness of the changes, refinements, and review process of the Australian Curriculum learning area.
  • increased conceptual understanding of the developed levels of complexity and metacognitive rigor of the curriculum across the learning areas
  • information about the newly revised website and resources online
  • information and strategies in participating in the consultation process and undertaking the survey tool


Presenter information

Helen Schiele                    

Helen has worked in the educational field for some 27 years. She has developed professional learning opportunities in the areas of curriculum design, differentiation, professional learning communities, Cognitive Coaching, and literacy and numeracy strategies.  Prior to entering the primary and secondary areas, Helen worked extensively in early childhood and is key a representative for the Independent schools’ sector in the ECEC field. As a Curriculum Director representing ISV at the National Curriculum Directors Committee of ACARA, she has been an active representative in the review of the Australian Curriculum. Helen has completed her Master’s in Education by research and is now completing her Doctoral studies in ‘collective efficacy in education.



David Boon

David Boon is currently Curriculum Specialist HASS (F-6) for ACARA and was formerly a Principal Education Officer for HASS with the Tasmanian Department of Education. He has held a number of other curriculum roles in Tasmania, both across learning areas F-6 and specifically in History. David was early childhood trained, has taught all year levels from F-10 since beginning his career in 1986 and was most recently a primary classroom teacher between 2011 and 2016. He was an invited member of the National History Summit in 2006 and the group that developed the framing paper for the Australian Curriculum: History. The book David co-authored, Place and Time: Teaching History, Geography and Social Studies, has been used as a text for teacher training in a number of universities over the last decade. He also wrote a chapter in Historical Thinking for History Teachers published in 2019.




Rachel Willington                

Rachelle Willington is the Curriculum Specialist, HASS at the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority. She is part of the team that is reviewing the Australian Curriculum: HASS and is involved in other projects outside of the organisation as a representative of ACARA in the HASS learning area. Rachelle was formally the Principal Project Officer Australian Curriculum: Humanities and Social Sciences at the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority and supported Queensland schools to implement the Australian Curriculum. She has also previously worked for the Queensland Department of Education as a Principal Project Officer in the Curriculum, Teaching and Learning team. Rachelle is a passionate advocate for Humanities and Social Sciences particularly in junior secondary. 



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