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The Education Destination : Australia The Education Destination 2011
Australia – The Education Destination 79 VocaTIonal TraInInG and school courses In WesTern ausTralIa All secondary schools have a comprehensive range of facilities to enable the delivery of a range of subjects and courses prescribed by the Curriculum Council. In Lower Secondary, which is Years 8 to 10, schools offer a range of subjects to ensure that students choose a balanced course of study across all the following learning areas: • English • Mathematics • Science • Society and Environment • Language other than English • The Arts • Health and Physical Education • Technology and Enterprise. In addition, a focus of Government School education is to ensure students are provided with educational programs which cater to their needs and talents. Schools provide a range of supplementary programs that provide opportunities for gifted and talented students to interact with their gifted and talented peers in the specific areas of academics, arts and languages. In the Senior Secondary Years of 11 and 12, schools offer a range of courses as part of the Western Australian Certificate of Education ( WACE). Students can select from 52 different courses depending on availability and students’ ability, interests, and education and training goals. Students can also begin TAFE courses through the VET in Schools programs while enrolled at a senior high school or college. This study pathway can allow the student to commence at a higher level at the State Training Providers when they have finished their secondary education. primary education and english language support Primary education encourages the learning of eight areas – Mathematics/ Numeracy, Science, English/ Literacy, the Arts, Technology and Enterprise, Society and Environment, Health and Physical Education, and Language other than English – in a safe and stimulated learning environment. The intellectual, moral, social and physical development of all students is developed. Western Australia is a world leader in outcomes- based education. An outcomes approach identifies where each student is at and learning experiences are provided and monitored to develop particular outcomes. The availability of computer technology in schools also means learning is more flexible, and emphasis can be given to the different ways in which children learn, as well as expressing what they have learnt. English as a Second Language (ESL) is provided in the primary school in which the student is enrolled. ESL is provided in both intensive English programs and mainstream classes with ESL support. All primary and secondary students must receive a minimum 26 hours and 40 minutes of formal instruction per week. The school day usually begins at 9.00am and concludes around 3.00pm. Leading economists have stated that WA is the fastest- growing economy in Australia and will continue to lead the rest of the country in the areas of economic growth, business investment and construction work. The cost of living and tuition fees are considerably lower than those in the United Kingdom and the United States. Even by Australian standards, Perth’s living costs for international students are well below those of other major Australian capital cities. This is great news for international students who chose to study in Western Australia. ■ ‘Western Australia is a world leader in outcomes-based education.’ fInd ouT More Web: www.eti.wa.edu.au email: firstname.lastname@example.org A focus of Government School education is to ensure students are provided with educational programs which cater to their needs and talents.’
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