“We have to know where we want to end up before we start out – and plan how to get there …” (1999, Tomlinson).

"The first thing that teachers will need to do is select and organise the essential knowledge, understandings, skills and values from the syllabus around central concepts or ideas..."Quality teaching Discussion Paper.

We will be using a conceptual model to transform programming and assessment. The model is a synthesis of backward mapping, the NSW Quality Teaching Model and the GATS models of Kaplan, Williams and Maker.




Power point presentation:

Mark Hemphill Assessment:

Activity Sheets:

Student Charter of Learning: A wonderful idea!


Examples of Units of Work:
Narrabeen HSIE teacher:

Karen's English unit:

Math unit - NSR teachers:

Math Stage 5 - NSR teachers:

Stage 4 Technology - Peter Yager:

Stage 4 Science Assessment Task - Karen:

Integrated assessment tasks:

Evaluation of programming:

Integrated Stage Curriculum
  • In 2007, NSR teachers developed integrated stage 3 and stage 4 units of work for SurfAid International that that have been used by teachers across Australia, in New Zealand, the US, UK, Singapore and Europe. These excellent units of work and all accompanying resources can be found at the SurfAid Schools Program site.surfaid
  • Future Lab: Fabulous ICT and curriuclum ideas: Futurelab
  • Inquiry-based learning: Inquiry learning

Assessment Conceptual Programming