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Numeracy Champion Action Research Project 2024: PROJECT REGISTRATION PAGE

Area of focus



9:30 am - 3:00 pm Tue 31st Dec 2024


Hobart / Launceston / Online / Numeracy Champion Action Research Project Hub

Who should attend

  • Primary teachers.
  • Mathematics/Numeracy leaders.
  • Instructional Coaches

Who is speaking

Dr Carol Murphy & Professor Tracy Muir



A one year, spaced and comprehensive, professional learning program and action research project that will build the capacity of numeracy leaders and classroom teachers, to improve their confidence and competence within the teaching of explicit and sequential mathematics and increase the impact of their work on student mathematics and numeracy outcomes.

As we know, mathematics is an essential skill that underpins learning and outcomes in many areas. It requires explicit, systematic instruction and needs to be taught in a structured way. Ideally schools need to adopt a whole school approach that emphasises the importance of assessment, teaching and learning of mathematics through all learning areas. IST have planned a series of systematic PL sessions to be facilitated by Professor Tracey Muir from Australian Catholic University and Doctor Carol Murphy from UTAS. In 2024, we are excited to announce they will be assisted by Doctor Sharyn Livy, Senior Lecturer of early Years/Primary – Numeracy, School of Curriculum, Teaching and Inclusive Education at Monash University, Victoria and co-author of Maths Sequences for the Early Years F-2; Challenging to Reason Mathematically.

These sessions will support teachers and Mathematics Leaders to build their confidence, capacity, content and pedagogical knowledge in the mathematics domain. This professional learning program and action research project aims to build participants’ skills and awareness of current evidence based best practice and empower them to return to their context to upskill and train others in mathematics instruction. After each session, participants return to their schools with key actions and ways forward, to improve mathematics instruction, planning, teaching and assessment at their schools.

Participants will also participate in a termly ‘community of practice’ webinar to discuss their experiences, report on progress, and share ideas. They will also have the opportunity to work with IST education consultants Trudy Ward (South) and Lauren Watson (North), 1:1 as required, to support them in their journey. The project includes 4 x whole day sessions, with one session being held each Term in 2024. These sessions will involve participants learning about the big ideas and misconceptions surrounding the chosen content, experience hands on activities, and strategies to use for instruction as well as diagnostic, formative and summative assessment tools to collect data for and of impact being made. A numeracy screening tool will also be embedded in the project this year, providing teachers who are a part of the project the opportunity to conduct whole school K-6 numeracy screening for their students.

Teachers will also be given access to the AISNSW screening resources hub to provide them with everything required to administer the screening tool including a video of professional learning so they feel supported throughout the process. Assistance will also be provided as required by Trudy Ward (South) and Lauren Watson (North) from IST to ensure all teachers regardless of previous experience feel supported. The K-2 and 3-6 screeners are to be conducted three times per year for added data collection of assessment, impact, and student growth. Follow up visits to individual schools by Trudy Ward and Lauren Watson will enable the participants to develop understandings in their context as well as providing teacher support, coaching and sharing of practice. This could also involve supporting mathematics leaders to deliver bespoke PL to their colleagues within their own unique contexts and cohorts to roll out any new approaches/assessments.

The AISNSW K-2 Screening Tool has been designed to monitor students’ acquisition of skills in the sub strands of Whole Numbers and Addition and Subtraction. The 3-6 Numeracy Screening Tool monitors student progress across the strand of Number and Algebra. The results from both of these screening tools are entered into a spreadsheet which allows teachers to easily identify students who may be at risk of falling behind. The data elicited from these screening tools can also be used to plan whole class instruction and differentiated teaching for students’ according to their identified needs. It will also support teachers in discussions with parents around their child’s progression in numeracy. Educators who attend will be expected to commit to the project for the whole year, attend all face to face and Community of Practice sessions. By the end of the year, we hope that participants will be able to report on and present the impact of their project and be able to talk about the effect of this work on their school community.

Obviously, numeracy is a highly complex process, and it takes time and effort to both change and embed practice. We have therefore designed the PL sessions to address version 9 of the Australian Curriculum and embed evidence based up to date best mathematics practice for planning, teaching, assessing and reporting. The sessions will be both informative and practical, but above all we aim to support teachers to set goals and embed their new knowledge into practice, along with gain experience in collecting, sorting and representing data to inform future teaching of mathematics at all levels required for students to achieve success. The idea will be to transition participants knowledge into facilitating the implementation of the new mathematics curriculum where it relates to numeracy concepts.

What will the course cover?

  • Creating a greater confidence in the teaching of mathematic core concepts.

To lessen the stress and fear around all strands of mathematics teaching

  • Primary mathematic instruction.

How to embed instruction into mathematics tasks.

  • The Mathematic Process.

How to provide strategic instruction at all stages of mathematical process

  • Developing a whole school approach to establish consistency in the curriculum – through quality best practice teaching and assessment.

This consistency supports student success because teachers are reinforcing the same expectations, assessments, and effective practices. Teachers can be sure that everyone is on the same page.

  • We are all teachers of numeracy.

How to embed numeracy assessment and instruction across all areas of the curriculum to support learning.

  • Feedback and assessment of Mathematics.

Aligning mathematics goals, curriculum, instructional methods, and assessment practices. The aim will be to embed diagnostic, frequent formative and summative assessments to provide timely and explicit feedback to achieve student growth.

  • Creating a positive disposition towards mathematics at your school.

Creating motivating and supportive environments for teachers and students that celebrate mathematical learning and understanding whilst ensuring children develop numeracy understanding for a broad range of purposes and audiences.

  • Ensuring your mathematics block covers all bases.

Including all core concepts and ensuring mathematics instruction and assessment occurs.

  • Data Literacy including using assessment tools to support student growth.

Interpreting student mathematics results and using the data from relevant Numeracy Screener and other embedded assessments from each session to inform practice. Know where the students are at to know where to take them.

Project aims

By the end of the 12-month program participants will:

  • Have built their pedagogical knowledge, confidence and capacity as teachers of mathematics.
  • Have developed a bank of tools and resources they can use.
  • Used assessment data collected to inform future teaching and learning to address all student needs in mathematics.
  • Formed a community of practice with other educators and leaders in the area of mathematics to share ideas.
  • Led a change project in their sphere of influence, focused on evidence-informed practice.
  • Worked to build capacity in other educators at their schools.
  • We’re going to have a lot of fun and we’re going to lead change. So why not join us?

Project sessions

  • Tue 27th February 9:30am – 3:00pm
  • Tue 7th May 9:30am – 3:00pm
  • Tue 30th July 9:30am – 3:00pm
  • Tue 12th November 9:30am – 3:00pm

  • Thu 29th February 9:30am – 3:00pm
  • Thu 9th May 9:30am – 3:00pm
  • Thu 1st August 9:30am – 3:00pm
  • Thu 14th November 9:30am – 3:00pm


There will also be the following Numeracy Champion Networking Community of Practice Networking sessions held as a follow up each term:

  • Wed 10th April 3:30pm – 4:30pm
  • Wed 26th June 3:30pm – 4:30pm
  • Wed 18th Sep 3:30pm – 4:30pm
  • Wed 27th Nov 3:30pm – 4:30pm

Further information and links to attend the online sessions will be provided to registered participants of the project

How much does it cost?

  • $220 (gst inclusive) total annual cost for IST schools/members (4 sessions).
  • $330 (gst inclusive) total annual cost for Catholic Education, DECYP and other non-IST teachers and staff.
  • Numeracy Screener - additional cost for each school will vary depending on student numbers. If interested, contact Trudy Ward or Lauren Watson for exact costing.


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What you will learn

This professional learning will include content that falls within the following AITSL Standards and/or the National Quality Standard:


  • 1.2
  • 1.5
  • 2.1
  • 2.5
  • 3.6
  • 6.3
  • 6.4
  • 7.4

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