Leading secondary numeracy


Leading secondary numeracy is a sustained program of learning offered to numeracy leaders in high schools. By participating in this program, leaders will develop and refine their skills as they lead a whole-school initiative aimed at improving student numeracy outcomes.

Throughout the program, teachers will use Helen Timperley's leader inquiry and knowledge building cycle to determine the needs of teachers and students and plan to engage teachers and students in new learning experiences. At the same time, teachers will be building their capacity as leaders of whole-school initiatives. The leadership skills they develop and refine will be transferable to other aspects of leadership in schools.

Teachers will be introduced to change theory and supported in leading change in pursuit of improved student outcomes in numeracy.

Who should participate?

This professional learning is designed for numeracy leaders (Years 7-10).

Mode of delivery

Face-to-face: Five days over four terms with in-school tasks supported by Literacy and Numeracy Strategy Advisors.


Day 1: Understand key themes from 'What works best', their relationship with the School Excellence Framework for use in self-assessing current progress in whole-school numeracy action; experience and apply a data pathway to develop a narrative for their context and identify the density of need for a whole school numeracy initiative; self-assess and set priorities for action for high expectations, explicit teaching, effective feedback and collaboration to support improved student numeracy outcomes; explore a theory of change management and plan for leading change to improve student numeracy outcomes.

Day 2: Develop their knowledge of the National Numeracy Learning Progression; Experience and apply a process for using the learning progressions to provide fine grain detail of numeracy development as it is required in NSW syllabuses; and develop some professional learning to facilitate learning on the numeracy progression before day 3.

Day 3: Understand the role of the numeracy progression in formative assessment; experience and apply a process for using the numeracy progression to analyse student work samples; and develop knowledge of effective feedback.

Day 4: Develop knowledge of learning intentions and success criteria; experience a process for co-constructing success criteria for a numeracy task; develop knowledge of effective pedagogies that support improved student numeracy outcomes; and plan to professionally develop staff in these pedagogies and their implementation with a target group of students.

Day 5: Develop knowledge of effective practices for ongoing assessment of student progress in numeracy; evaluate their actions throughout the program and plan for future iterations of the inquiry cycle; develop knowledge of how to promote sustainability and reinforce new learning; and plan for future actions in light of ongoing teacher and student needs.

Register via MyPL

Day 1: Course code RG05088

Day 2: Course code RG05433

Days 3-5 TBC

Dates and Location

Metropolitan North

Venue Day 1 Day 2 Days 3-5
Rooty Hill RSL Club 26 Jul* 17 Oct TBC

* Held at Parramatta office

For more information, contact Michael Myerscough

Metropolitan South

Venue Day 1 Day 2 Days 3-5
Miranda Education Office 29 Jul TBC TBC

For more information, contact Sherrie Meyers

Regional North

Venue Day 1 Day 2 Days 3-5
Adamstown Education Office  29 Jul    21 Aug TBC

For more information, contact Davina Bowen

Regional South

Venue Day 1 Day 2 Days 3-5
Glenfield Education Office 5 Aug TBC TBC
Warilla Education Office 6 Aug TBC TBC

For more information, contact Sherrie Meyers

Rural North

Venue Day 1 Day 2 Days 3-5
Armidale Education Office 29 Jul 9 Sep TBC
Moree Education Office 30 Jul TBC TBC
Hastings Secondary College Westport Campus30 OctTBCTBC
Murwillumbah Education Office 28 Nov TBC TBC

For more information, contact Jill Dutton

Rural South and West

Venue Day 1 Day 2 Days 3-5
Forbes High School 13 Aug  TBC TBC
Narrandera Public School 20 Aug  TBC TBC
Monaro High School 22 Aug TBC TBC
Yeoval Central School4 SepTBCTBC

For more information, contact Kerrie Vogele (South) - Kerrie.Vogele@det.nsw.edu.au or Leone Dewhurst (West)- Leone.Dewhurst@det.nsw.edu.au

NESA Registered Professional Development

Completing 'Leading secondary numeracy' will contribute to 30 hours of NESA Registered PD addressing 5.4.3, 6.2.3 and 6.3.3 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Highly Accomplished Teacher Accreditation in NSW.

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