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Competence in mathematics is essential if an individual is to participate fully in society. Students with effective numeracy skills achieve not only in mathematics but also in other areas of learning.

A vision for mathematics
Successful transition from one stage of schooling to the next depends on a well developed foundation of mathematics skills and positive attitudes to learning.


Students need to have the necessary skills to engage with the numeracy demands of the curriculum. In contemporary society, mathematics has a fundamental role in enabling cultural, social and technological advances and empowering individuals as critical citizens.

Catholic Education Melbourne, in partnership with leaders and teachers from primary and secondary schools, aims to improve the mathematical understandings and numeracy skills of all students in Catholic schools.

Mathematics Learning that Counts is a five-year plan to:

  • improve and develop the mathematics discipline knowledge of classroom teachers
  • build the leadership capacity of mathematics curriculum leaders
  • provide targeted intervention programs for students with low attaining results in numeracy/mathematics
  • increase student performance in mathematics P–12 for all student cohorts 
  • promote higher order thinking in mathematics.
Benefits & Partnerships

Through the collaborative efforts of schools, Catholic Education Melbourne and its partners through Mathematics Learning that Counts Strategy will:

  • build the leadership capacity of mathematics leaders
  • provide opportunities for mathematics leaders to update their qualifications in mathematics leadership
  • deliver comprehensive professional learning for teachers and leaders in mathematics
  • enable teachers to provide high quality learning opportunities for all students in mathematics
  • encourage teachers to develop high expectations for all students
  • build the capacity of school leaders to effectively interpret and monitor school improvement data in mathematics
  • assist schools to make informed decisions for continual improvement in mathematics
  • provide schools and teachers with advice on offering strong learning opportunities for students with low attainment in number
  • promote the need for all teachers to provide a comprehensive challenging mathematics curriculum for all
  • create an online learning resource to assist teachers with the implementation of this challenging mathematics curriculum.

Mathematics Learning that Counts incorporates the development of a number of strategic partnerships with universities and professional associations within Victoria and nationally. This includes partnership with:

  • Australian Catholic University, Melbourne
  • Monash University, Melbourne
  • University of Melbourne
  • Dr Robert Wright (Southern Cross University, NSW).

The strategy also links into the national organisation for mathematics teachers – Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers (AAMT).

These partnerships maximise the capacity of Catholic Education Melbourne to deliver exceptional services to schools in mathematics education.

Setting Directions for Mathematics

Four key strategic directions underpin the Mathematics strategy in support of the efforts of Catholic school communities to improve the educational experience and learning outcomes of all students.

Educational Leadership

Our goal is to strengthen the capacities of leaders at all levels within a school community to enable them to successfully initiate and manage strategies for the continuous improvement of learning and teaching in mathematics.

Quality Teaching

Our goal is to ensure all teachers have the required content knowledge and pedagogical knowledge for effective professional practice to improve student learning outcomes in mathematics.

Continuous School Improvement and Accountability

Our goal is to develop and sustain a culture of continuous improvement and school-based processes for monitoring, developing and reporting on learning and teaching outcomes in mathematics.

Differentiated Support

Our goal is to provide schools with targeted support to enhance their capacity to ensure improvement in student learning of mathematics which can be sustained over time.

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