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Middle Years of Schooling

Middle Years of Schooling is generally accepted as covering Years 5 to 8 in schools though this can vary slightly. These are the last years of Primary and the first years of Secondary Education. It is also a period when student’s lives undergo significant physical, emotional and even mental changes. Many believe that developing and implementing specific programs and/or settings addressing these issues will benefit students and their achievement.

While there is variable interest in other areas of the world regarding both research and implementation, this remains patchy in Australia.

This page covers procedures and programs, where they exist, in each state & territory, research, policies, international groups, journals and further information.

States & Territories

Australian Capital Territory

  • Early AdolescenceIs found here [which covers the Middle Years].
  • Middle Years Mental Computation
    ‘Aims to increase teachers’ professional knowledge, understanding and skill in connecting teaching, learning and assessment to support their students in learning mental computation strategies ’.
  • No specific programs exist as at this date.

New South Wales

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Northern Territory

  • Middle Years [CEO]
    Catholic Education Office. Relating to the curriculum.
  • Middle Years Curriculum
    ‘Information about what your child learns during the middle years of schooling and how you can help your child do their best at school’.
  • Middle Years Reports
    ‘This page has information on your child’s school reports during middle years’.
  • Updated ! Review of Middle Schooling
    ‘Commissioned by the NT government in 2014 to identify opportunities to strengthen the quality, effectiveness and efficiency of the middle years of education after the model was introduced eight years ago’. Download the report via the following link.
  • Updated ! Work Like the Best - Middle Years Teaching and Learning Strategy 2016-2018
    ‘This three year strategy is aimed at driving policy and programs in the areas identified as having the greatest positive impact on the quality of middle school education; positioning students for success as they enter their last stage of secondary education’.


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South Australia


  • Department of Education - Publications
    Use these to mine for data relating to the Middle Years.
  • New ! Middle School
    TAS in 2000, established Middle School, a distinct academic and residential precinct for students in Years 6-8. A rich, challenging and stimulating curriculum is designed to generate an enthusiasm for life-long learning, in a way that excites and engages 11-14 year olds boys and girls’.

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Western Australia

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  • How Teens Do Research in the Digital World
    2012; Purcell, Kristen; Rainie, Lee; et al. ‘The study was designed to explore teachers’ views of the ways today’s digital environment is shaping the research and writing habits of middle and high school students’. USA.
  • Middle Grades Transition Programs around the Globe
    2012; Andrews, Colin and Bishop, Penny. ‘This article shares examples of transition practices from other countries and considers how educators create transition practices that help students successfully make the move from one learning level to the next’. USA.
  • Student and Teacher Perceptions of Online Student Engagement in an Online Middle School
    2015; Louwrens, Nathaniel and Hartnett, Maggie. ‘most of what is currently known about online engagement has come from research with older students in tertiary education contexts. This study directly addresses this gap in the research by exploring student engagement in an online, middle school in a New Zealand distance education context’. New Zealand.
  • The Impact of Digital Tools on Student Writing …
    And How Writing is Taught in Schools. 2013; Purcell, Kristen; Buchanan, Judy and Friedrich, Linda. The whole report can be downloaded as well as Part II, relating to middle and high schools, which is available online. USA.
  • The Middle School Mess
    2011; Meyer, Peter. Article from Education Next. His quote - “If you love bungee jumping, you’re the middle school type” does not do justice to the range of information included. USA.
  • Updated ! To what Extent does Parents’ Involvement in Middle School …
    Influence Children’s Educational Progress ? 2014; Karibayeva, Assel and Boğar, Yurdag├╝l. ‘This essay will examine parental involvement issues and their consequences in the U.S and the UK schools. It will also provide some possible solutions and will finally evaluate them’. USA/UK.

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Other Information

General Information

  • Updated ! Adolescent Success
    ‘Dedicated to the education, development and growth of young adolescents’. Previously listed as Middle Years of Schooling Association. Updated ! eNews & Newsletters are accessed here.
  • Middle School
    Covers pedagogy and implementation around the world. Wikipedia.
  • Middle Years of Schooling
    AARE. ‘The key aim of this Special Interest Group is to create and support strategic opportunities to enhance the momentum and advocacy around middle years research, and the consolidation of evidence based practice in middle years education’.

International Groups


For all educational journals, see the Education Journals page.

Policy & Policy Positions


  • Access Middle School
    ‘Developed by an educator for educators. Much of the material selected for inclusion into the site was found on the internet’.
  • Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers
    Resources specifically for the Middle Years.
  • Creatively Teaching Science In the Middle Years
    ‘The handbook evolved from a Science Teachers’ Focus Group conducted at Ballarat High School in Victoria’. 2009.
  • Effective Middle Schooling
    Manual, by Julie Boyd. Australian.
  • Middle Years Programme Curriculum
    The International Baccalaureate. All learning areas.
  • MyRead, Strategies for Teaching Reading in the Middle Years
    ‘Supports teachers of underperforming students in the middle years [Years 4 - 9]’. Information, resources. Australian government.
  • The Rite Journey
    ‘Targets Year 9 students, the age that most teachers recognise as “the year of disengagement”. Re-invents the traditional process of a Rite of Passage to assist in transforming the adolescent from dependency to responsibility’.
  • New ! Turning Points
    ‘Though funding for the initiative has ceased, CCE remains supportive of schools interested in the model and is pleased to house a selection of Turning Points guides online. To download Turning Points guides, click the links below. Access to this content is complimentary, but you will be asked to register’. USA.
  • Using Digital Resources
    ‘Education Services Australia develops and licenses digital curriculum resources to support teaching and learning’. Find many suitable for use with students in Middle Years.

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