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World Class National Curriculum Essential Element of Bill

At the last election, the Rudd Government promised the Australian people that we would deliver a world class national curriculum to every school and every student in this nation.

The task of developing a National Curriculum is one that the Rudd Government believes should be undertaken by experts and educators, not by politicians.

That is why the Government appointed a National Curriculum Board in April, which includes representatives from the Independent and Catholic school sectors.

The work of the National Curriculum Board is ongoing and includes many opportunities for participation, consultation and feedback by teachers, schools, subject experts and others with an interest in the development of the curriculum.

The new National Curriculum will draw together the best programs to ensure every Australian child has access to a world class curriculum, to lift achievement and drive up school retention rates.

It will also reduce disruption for the 80,000 students who commence school each year in a new State or Territory.

Beyond the requirements of the content and achievement standards, there will continue to be flexibility for innovation and creativity for the development and delivery of curriculum methods, at the local level in schools. The National Curriculum Board will also advise on the best way to acknowledge internationally recognised curricula like Steiner, Montessori and the International Baccalaureate.

Australia is part of a competitive global environment and this government wants to ensure that our kids are getting the education they need to be at the forefront.

The Opposition is engaging in a grand act of hypocrisy.

In 2004 the Liberal Government required non-government schools to sign up to Statements of Learning as a condition of funding.

At the time the Bill was passed there was no detail or clarity about the content of those Statements of Learning.

Further information including discussion papers and framing papers developed after extensive consultation by the National Curriculum Board can be found at: www.ncb.org.au