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Links to the Australian Curriculum

Links to the Australian Curriculum

The general capabilities are a significant part of the Australian Curriculum. These seven capabilities are designed to equip young Australians to live and work successfully in the twenty-first century (ACARA, 2013).

The EQO program is structured around explicit teaching of the Personal and Social Capability which has been designed to develop students’ capabilities to understand themselves and others, and manage their relationships, lives, work and learning more effectively (ACARA, 2012). In other words, the Personal and Social Capability has been structured to continuously grow students’ social and emotional intelligence – the overall goal of the EQO program.

EQO uses the organising elements of the Personal and Social Capabilities as its foundation. These are self-awareness, self-management, social awareness and social management. Each of the units of work across Prep to Year Twelve is structured to follow the scope and sequence of the Personal and Social Capability learning continuum.

If it’s starting to sound familiar, that may have something to do with the foundations of emotional intelligence. The Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority outlines the need for an explicit approach to the Personal and Social Capabilities, stating that when students develop their skills in any one of the organising elements, they develop greater overall personal and social capability as well as enhanced skills in managing emotions and behaviours while establishing and maintaining positive relationships in all aspects of their lives (ACARA, 2013).