School education in Australia includes preschool,preparatory (or kindergarten), primary school, secondary school (or highschool) and senior secondary school (or college).
Schooling lasts for 13 years, from preparatory to seniorsecondary. School is compulsory until at least the age of 16. Types of schoolsinclude government schools, non-government schools (including faith-basedschools such as Catholic or Islamic schools) and schools based on educationalphilosophies such as Montessori and Steiner. All schools must be registeredwith the state or territory education department and are subject to governmentrequirements in terms of infrastructure and teacher registration.
Australian schools do more than just educate students. Theyprepare them for life − developing communication skills, self-discipline andrespect for themselves, their peers and their world. Schools offer a broadcurriculum in the key learning areas – English, mathematics, studies of societyand the environment, science, arts, Languages Other Than English (LOTE),technology, health and physical education. They also believe strongly in thebenefits of a rounded education – including the teamwork, self-expression andpersonal development that happen outside the classroom.
In Australia, students will enjoy a diverse learningenvironment that is as personally enriching as it is educational, and developthe skills and qualities needed in a changing world.
A higher standard of learning
Australian schools are among the finest in the world. Seefor yourself what makes an Australian education so valuable:
· Small class sizes (a maximum of 30 students in aclass).
· University-trained and qualified teachers and specialistteachers in subject areas.
· Facilities of a high standard – including a highlevel of technology, with all schools having computers and internet access.
· 'Gifted and talented' programs to extendstudents who are high achievers.
· ‘High Achievement' programs, which see the topstudents studying university-level subjects for advance credit.
· Individual learning programs for students whorequire additional learning support.
· Quality assurance frameworks where schools mustmeet required standards.
Producing thought leaders
The Australian school curriculum prepares you for yourfuture. Our schools aim to develop students into independent and successfullearners, confident and creative individuals, and active and informed citizens– with the view to giving them all the skills, knowledge and capabilities tothrive in a globalised world. From Kindergarten to Year 12, Australian schoolsfocus on providing equity for every student, and striving for excellence in allareas of education.
Teaching styles and assessmentmethods
A variety of teaching methods are used, including:teacher-directed learning, student research, group projects and presentations,visual presentations, e-learning and interactive classrooms. A variety ofassessment methods are used to assess student outcomes. These may includeindividual research projects, group assignments, oral and visual presentations,the use of technology including PowerPoint, podcast or vodcast presentations,as well as the more traditional class tests and assignments. National and statetesting programs ensure standards are met and maintained.
After completion of senior secondary school (Years 11 and12) students sit for exams and receive an official certificate ofqualification. The name of this certificate varies within Australia'sstate-based education systems but regardless of what the certificate is called,it is recognised by all Australian universities, higher education andvocational education and training institutions, as well as many institutionsinternationally.