About the Literacy and Numeracy Learning Progressions

The National Literacy and Numeracy Learning Progressions help to ensure literacy and numeracy are taught explicitly in schools, and that the literacy and numeracy needs of all students can be addressed. The learning progressions describe common literacy and numeracy learning pathways for students from Kindergarten to Year 10. The learning progressions are developed by the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) in collaboration with the department.

The learning progressions allow teachers to more accurately locate a student's current literacy and numeracy knowledge, understanding and skills to support planning for learning and teaching from the syllabus. The learning progressions are a resource to support implementation of the curriculum.

The short video ‘How are the progressions structured?’ introduces the progressions and their structure.

Effective use of the learning progressions

The National Literacy and Numeracy Learning Progressions:

  • assist in strengthening teacher knowledge and facilitate a shared understanding of literacy and numeracy development

  • assist teachers to identify the literacy and numeracy needs of students, target teaching and monitor progress throughout the teaching and learning cycle

  • assist teachers to differentiate teaching and learning experiences and to provide feedback to students about next steps in learning

  • are to be used in support of the syllabuses, which remain the focus for planning, programming, teaching, learning and assessment

  • should be used in support of schools’ improvement priorities as articulated in Strategic Improvement Plans.

See the Introduction to the literacy and numeracy progressions (version 2) professional learning for an overview. Note: this professional learning will be updated for 2023).

Changes from 2023

In 2020, ACARA updated the National Literacy and Numeracy Learning Progressions. The new version (version 3) reflects updates to the evidence base for literacy and numeracy development.

NSW schools will start using version 3 of the progressions from Term 1, 2023. In support of this transition:

  • all literacy and numeracy resources and professional learning will be refreshed to align with version 3 of the progressions and with new syllabus outcomes where applicable

  • the department's literacy and numeracy assessments will be updated and mapped to version 3 to continue to assist teachers to make consistent and valid decisions about student learning and achievement

  • PLAN2 will be updated to incorporate version 3 progressions, new syllabus outcomes and enhancements including a new observation status scale.

  • existing data in PLAN2 will be migrated, ensuring that no observations will be lost in this transition.

Learning progressions and the relationship to the NSW syllabuses

The National Literacy and Numeracy Learning Progressions support teaching and learning using current and new NSW syllabuses.

New English and Mathematics K-2 syllabuses

The new English and Mathematics K–2 syllabuses will be taught in all NSW schools with K-2 enrolments from Term 1, 2023. For information, visit the NSW curriculum reform web page.

The digital version of the English and mathematics syllabus content is tagged with version 3 of the National Literacy and Numeracy Learning Progressions.

These progression tags provide guidance on the literacy and/or numeracy skills students might need to support their learning of syllabus content and their achievement of outcomes. They assist teachers to access relevant indicators to identify students’ starting points, monitor and support learning.

Current K-10 syllabuses

Teachers can identify the literacy and numeracy expectations and opportunities within their NSW K-10 syllabuses through:

  • the literacy or numeracy general capability description in the cross-curriculum priorities

  • general capability literacy and numeracy icons throughout syllabus content

  • keywords and verbs that indicate literacy or numeracy knowledge and skills

  • NESA mapping of version 2 progressions sub-elements and levels to English and Mathematics syllabus outcomes, shown underneath the articulation of content for each outcome.

Teachers use the progressions to support teaching, learning and monitoring of student progress in the literacy and numeracy skills identified in their syllabuses.

The department has provided interim mapping of NSW K-10 syllabus outcomes to version 3 of the progressions. This will be available in PLAN2 and in all literacy and numeracy resources and professional learning updated for 2023.

Support for schools

  • The PLAN2 Demo site is available to support schools and teachers to prepare and transition from version 2 to version 3. The site contains sample school data to allow schools to familiarise with some of the changes prior to this site going live in 2023.

  • Information sessions and updates will be available via the Literacy NSW and Numeracy NSW statewide staffrooms throughout Term 4, 2022.

  • Updated professional learning to support schools will be available in Term 1, 2023.

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