Accessing the SCSA Judging Standards

Hi Everyone

The SCSA Judging Standards materials including the assessment pointers and work samples are now sitting in the SCSA extranet.

The Extranet is the Authority’s secure area for teachers to access materials and resources to support them in their work.

Registration with the TRBWA is required to access the extranet. You will need to know your TRB number to register. Your contact details with TRB will also need to match what you enter as registration details.

The docs have been moved to the extranet due to videos that will be added to the work sample materials.

Please note that the assessment pointers are being updated still and the current ones will be amended.

To register for the SCSA extranet please click this link:

Watch out for this great viewing PL

Viewing in the Western Australian Curriculum: English

Presented by Dr Michelle Anstey and Dr Geoff Bull

The Geraldton Reading 3 5 7 Project and the Statewide Services are delighted to offer teachers and school leaders in the Geraldton area a 2-day course, Viewing in the Western Australian Curriculum: English presented by noted academics Dr Michele Anstey and Dr Geoff Bull, authors of numerous acclaimed professional texts including First Steps Viewing (second edition).

Widely known and admired in national and international academic circles and the wider educational community, Drs Anstey and Bull specialise in translating complex cutting edge theory into practical ideas and knowledge. Experts in all aspects of Literacy and pedagogical change, and talented presenters, they have a particular interest in multimodal literacies – Reading and writing multimodal texts that are delivered via paper, live and digital electronic means.

This course aims to upskill PP-6 teachers in the explicit teaching of visual codes and conventions necessary for students to read, view, write and create multimodal texts as described in the Western Australian Curriculum: English.

At the end of this professional learning event, attendees will:

  • understand the place of Viewing in the Western Australian Curriculum: English
  • be able to navigate First Steps Viewing (second edition) for information and age-appropriate teaching ideas
  • understand and be able to apply viewing codes and conventions to reading and text creation using the five semiotic systems – linguistic, visual, audio, gestural and spatial
  • be able to analyse a wide range of multimodal text types, from both paper and digital technologies
  • be equipped with practical strategies for the planning, teaching and assessment of Viewing.


Fee:                 $350 for the 2-day course

Venue:             Ocean Centre Hotel

Cnr Foreshore Drive and Cathedral Avenue, Geraldton  for 13 – 14 October

Time:               8.30 – 3.30pm each day

Catering:         Morning tea and lunch is included.

To learn more about Drs Anstey and Bull’s expertise in this area access their online journal article on helping teachers to explore multimodal texts, download the article they wrote for Practically Primary on visual literacies* and see their books Evolving Pedagogies and Uncovering History Using Multimodal Literacies: An inquiry process. Their web page, Anstey and Bull Consultants in Education, can be found here

Text Knowledge PL in Geradlton

A high quality free PL opportunity is coming to Geraldton on 22 March that I strongly encourage you to attend.  Fiona Walker from the ILNP team will be presenting a very practical workshop for all teachers and school leaders focused on text knowledge.  It will be held at the Ocean Center in Geraldton from 3:30-5:00 with afternoon tea provided.  Please use this link to register for the event

Hope to see you there!



Here is a brief Article with some good points about writing, and in particular, grammar. Thanks to Fiona for sharing.

Could you make your story more interesting


The draft Narrative moderation rubrics are all posted.  You will find them under the Planning & Assessment tab, under Moderation and relevant year. Quick link below:


Thank you to the people who have already sent in their samples. You have until next Monday to email the samples to Mel or I (Zoei) so we can upload and you can begin moderating.

The Value of Handwriting article

A recent and interesting article from the Dyslexic Speld journal with research showing some benefits of handwriting, particularly on reading comprehension, for all students (not just those with an SLD).

An article worth a read

This was emailed to me yesterday, thanks to Lis Turner. Very thought provoking article about a day in the life of a high school student.
Grant Wiggins blog – article

Handwriting Guidelines

Here is a link to the new 2014 Department of Education Handwriting Guidelines. It provides links to year level Australian Curriculum content; whole school and classroom planning advice.

These guidelines recognise the need for all students to develop a personal handwriting style that is legible, fluent and automatic that enables them to communicate effectively when writing for different purposes. The document replaces the Department’s previously published Handwriting guidelines. It makes explicit links to the content descriptions from the Australian Curriculum: English that form a mandatory part of each school’s teaching and learning program from 2015.

SCSA Curriculum & Assessment Outline

Thought I would share this page on the SCSA site with you, in anticipation for next term’s report writing!!

The link below is the JUDGING STANDARDS page which details the achievement descriptions, the assessment pointers for each GRADES (A, B, C, D, E) from Pre-Primary to Year 10. There is also annotated worksamples for grades. There is more that needs adding to the worksamples, however this is a good place to start discussions.

Happy exploring


Professional Reading – Spelling

This article was supplied by Megan Griffiths from the West Coast Speech and language Centre. The article  looks at spelling after children have mastered the basic code (i.e. single sounds) through synthetic phonics. It is an easy read.

Article How words cast their spell