Teacher guide Making a positive difference in numeracy

TLF ID S7045

This teacher resource describes strategies used in a whole-school initiative to improve numeracy outcomes in Two Wells Primary School, South Australia. Strategies include: using a numeracy coach to help implement the Big Ideas in Number program (Siemon 2006); using diagnostic tools to identify students needing numeracy support; teachers' professional learning; and providing additional lessons in small intervention groups. Outcomes include improved National Assessment Program - Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) numeracy results. Two Wells was nominated as a showcase school by the National Partnership for Literacy and Numeracy. The resource also provides references and links to relevant readings.

Educational details

Educational value
  • This resource may be useful in supporting the mathematics learning area. It describes strategies that were found to improve student outcomes on the NAPLAN numeracy test and to increase student engagement in mathematics learning. The strategies include using a numeracy coach; using diagnostic tools to identify students needing numeracy support; teacher professional learning and additional lessons in small intervention groups, including an Aboriginal learning community.
  • This resource might assist teachers in addressing many aspects of the Numeracy general capability. It provides a sample intervention program, references and links to further readings relevant to early years and primary numeracy.
Year level

1; 2; 3; 4; 5; 6; 7

Learning area
  • Mathematics

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  • Name: Education Services Australia
  • Organization: Education Services Australia
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  • Copyright Holder
  • Name: Commonwealth of Australia
  • Organization: Commonwealth of Australia
  • Address: AUSTRALIA
  • URL: http://www.australia.gov.au
  • Publisher
  • Name: Education Services Australia Ltd
  • Organization: Education Services Australia Ltd
  • Description: Publisher
  • Address: AUSTRALIA
  • URL: http://www.esa.edu.au
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  • Name: Education Services Australia Ltd
  • Organisation: Education Services Australia Ltd
  • Address: AUSTRALIA
  • URL: www.esa.edu.au
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Learning Resource Type
  • Online
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