National Arts Curriculum

​A national arts curriculum is currently being developed for kindergarten to Year 12 by the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) which is responsible for the management of curriculum, assessment and reporting at the national level.

National Arts Curriculum

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The arts curriculum is part of phase two of curriculum development.

Intensive lobbying by the arts sector in 2008-09 highlighted international research proving the value to children's cognitive development of a curriculum rich in arts. This prompted the Federal Government to rethink its earlier view that subjects such as Music, Dance, Drama and Visual Arts would not be considered in the first two phases of the new curriculum.

AMPAG education managers have made two submissions to ACARA about ways their work can better influence and support the new curriculum. Thefirst submission expressed their united support for sequential and developmental learning pathways for all Australian students. They believe this curriculum should improve the existing practices in school arts education. The companies stress that experiencing live arts performance is an essential component in arts learning and has a vital role in the education and life experience of all young people. Live performance is the core business of MPA companies, and they are therefore in a unique position to partner with education providers.

At the end of 2010 the education managers' network provided a further submission in response to ACARA's Draft Shape Paper on the national arts curriculum. Thefinal Shape of the Australian Curriculum: The Arts was published in August 2011 and national consultations continued during 2012.

In Jan 2014 the Federal Education Minister Christopher Pyne MP announced a further review of the national curriculum. AMPAG in consultation with its embers has made a submission outlining the education value of the arts curriculum and the need to support its implementation with adequate resources and encouragement of partnering arrangements with professional arts practitioners and organisations You can read AMPAG's submission here. AMPAG continues to work with the education managers to ensure that the new arts curriculum and the work of the AMPAG education network are complementary.

For more details on the education work of AMPAG companies click here

Major Performing Arts in Education Forum

AMPAG education managers have been holding yearly forums to share information and resources across the sector. The next forum will be held July, 2014 in Brisbane. For more information please visit the forum page, hosted by AMPAG,click here

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National Arts Curriculum