How Can I Prepare for Changes in Senior School Education in Queensland

Over the past several years, you will have been hearing plenty about changes to the secondary school education system in Queensland, particularly relating to tertiary entrance.

Unfortunately much of this process has been widely driven rather than by considered planning and we have had a situation where “the cart has been pulling the horse” with many delays as a result. The name used to describe the new system in the press is the ATAR (Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank) system. ATAR is not new, as it is a score that can be generated by all state tertiary admission organisations to allow students to attend University in any state in Australia. As you can tell by the name, it ranks students in 0.5% bands, similar to the old TE (Tertiary Entrance) system that the OP (Overall Position) system replaced. UQ currently uses this rank as part of its cutoff point for admissions.

There are a two certainties for which we can prepare. The first is that whatever we start with, in 2019 will undergo plenty of fine tuning in the following few years so whatever you are being told now may well change in the near future. The second and more important change is that Queensland will be moving from an “elective” curriculum to a far more “prescriptive” one to allow for the introduction of public examinations. This will mean that all schools will need to teach the same topics within a subject at approximately the same time.

This is a big change for teachers and students and it now means that regardless of which school is attended it will need to know the same core material. This will not be controlled by any school, but by the QCAA (Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority) who are currently developing new courses that must be used in all schools. This is a multi-purpose change, as it is also being used to bring Queensland in line with the National Curriculum in each subject. This means that in order to be ready for senior school, younger students need to be preparing now.

The North Shore FastCoach programme has been designed to do just this. It has been based on the current National Curriculum and from year 7 to year 10, it will introduce, consolidate and extend all the core topics that you will need to succeed in English, Maths and Science in senior school. The English will also furnish skills useful in other Humanities-based subjects. What is so important about this, is that, no matter what is being taught at any current school now, with the content taught at North Shore, you will be ready for what will be mandatory in Years 11 and 12.

How Can I Prepare for Best Changes in Senior School Education in Queensland