Helping students connect with mathematics to create a better future

From the Department

We all know how integral the relationship is between parents and carers, schools and teachers for our children to succeed. Parents and carers who regularly read to their child and listen to their child read, have demonstrated how this transforms our children into literate students.

The same practices can be extended to mathematics, with parents and carers able to  engage with their child on a range of activities like noticing and wondering, playing games, shopping and cooking to support learning at school.

Visit the Everyday Maths Hub where you will find many examples and ideas for you and your child to explore mathematics in a fun and engaging way at the same time supporting the development of strong mathematics and numeracy skills.

To support and drive awareness of the importance of mathematics in everyday life – a group of well-respected ambassadors and content creators will continue to share with students how they use mathematics in their daily life.

Some of our ambassadors have already shared their stories with us:

  • Sports brains with professional athlete, Steve Solomon, and mathematics teacher, Eddie Woo
  • Creative brains with former Harper’s BAZAAR editor-in-chief, Kellie Hush, and mathematics teacher Eddie Woo 
  • Chef brains with former Masterchef contestant, Alice Zaslavsky, and mathematics teacher Eddie Woo.

From 2022, all NSW secondary schools will have access to the new Numeracy course in Stage 6.  This course is proven to lift student engagement in mathematics and numeracy and contribute to their HSC.

The new course is being rolled out following evaluation of the pilot that was led by the Centre for Education Statistics and Evaluation (CESE).  The evaluation found an increase in participation and engagement with students of Stage 6 mathematics.