Teacher guide Targeted Early Numeracy

TLF ID S7059

This teacher resource describes a New South Wales strategy to support early years teachers in improving numeracy outcomes for Foundation to year 2 students likely to perform at or below the national minimum standard in numeracy in year 3. The intervention program involved professional learning for Targeted Early Numeracy (TEN) facilitators, enabling them to provide in-class support to the participating early years teachers. The teaching strategies included small group instruction, frequent short numeracy sessions and targeted activities, with regular monitoring of student progress. The resource discusses the positive outcomes and the lessons learned, and provides references and links to relevant readings.

Educational details

Educational value
  • This resource may be useful in supporting the mathematics learning area. It describes a strategy to improve student numeracy outcomes for students from Foundation to year 2 who were identified as likely to underperform in year 3 numeracy. Key factors in the TEN intervention program include clear minimum grade-based performance targets, a focused assessment process to identify the number strategies used by students, the use of facilitators to deliver professional learning sessions and provide in-class support, and involvement of classroom teachers in implementing explicit teaching strategies.
  • This resource might assist teachers in addressing many aspects of the Numeracy general capability. The resource describes strategies that were found to improve student numeracy outcomes for students from Foundation to year 2. These include small group instruction; short, focused and frequent numeracy sessions; targeted activities focusing on early arithmetical strategies; explicit and systematic teaching; and regular monitoring of progress.
Year level

F; 1; 2

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  • Contributor
  • Name: Education Services Australia
  • Organization: Education Services Australia
  • Description: Data manager
  • 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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