From: Kim Tsolakis [Kim.Tsolakis@ptc.nsw.edu.au]
The Professional Teachers' Council NSW (PTC NSW) would like to inform you that the Australian Government has just released the Review of the Australian Curriculum.
The Government has also released an Initial Australian Government Response as a starting point for the discussions with states and territories and other key stakeholders on how to strengthen and refine the Australian Curriculum.
The Minister for Education, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, will take the Review and the Initial Australian Government Response to the Education Council of state and territory education ministers in December for consideration.
Further information is available at:
NSW Ag Teachers State Conference
[source: PIEF February/March 2013 Newsletter]
Tocal College was pleased to host the biennial State conference of the NSW Association of Agriculture Teachers at its CB Alexander Campus, Paterson in January 2013.
The Conference was addressed by a number of industry specialists and Professor Jim Pratley who is convening the Review of Agricultural Education in NSW also attended.
Director of Tocal College, Dr. Cameron Archer said, “The NSW Branch of the NAAE once again proved itself to be dynamic and creative with an excellent program of learning support and other activities.
Perhaps the highlight for some was the livestock handling workshop organised by Sally Bannerman, former agriculture teacher and now specialist officer within NSW Department of Education and Communities on animal welfare.” Sally was able to arrange for livestock handling specialist Boyd Holden to present a full day livestock-handling workshop to the teachers.
It focused on hands-on experience with cattle and modeled good pedagogy. Mr. Holden involved two young stock persons who worked the cattle while he critiqued them. Boyd Holden and Sally were subsequently interviewed by Liz Farquhar of the ABC in Newcastle about the workshop and its benefits. “There is strong interest in animal handling and welfare through the community and it is up to us as agricultural educators to step up and demonstrate best practice,” said Dr. Archer.
[For more PIEF news: PIEF February/March 2013 Newsletter]