AudienceLeading teacherPrincipal classTeacher
Duration6 - 9 months
Note: It is a pre-requisite for the principal class member and at least one other member of the school team to attend a half-day orientation session before applying for this course. Click 'View dates and register’ to register for an orientation session.
Build the capacity of your school team to lead and orchestrate evidence-informed, whole-school approaches to teaching and learning mathematics, which support every learner to become mathematically confident, resourceful and proficient throughout their life.
Leading Mathematics is designed for both primary and secondary school teams, with a focus on context-specific learning, as well as ideas and practices from contemporary research.
The course aims to build the team's capability in leading school-wide pedagogical and cultural change. It will provide you with practical and sustainable methods to support and implement this work.
Leading Mathematics is part of Bastow’s Numeracy Suite. In 2020, Bastow will provide several new professional learning opportunities focused on developing strong leaders who drive whole-school numeracy improvement, including 1-day workshops, online courses and masterclasses.
Leading Mathematics supports the Excellence in Teaching and Learning and Professional Leadership dimensions of the Framework for Improving Student Outcomes.
Designed for primary or secondary school teams of 3 people, comprising:
- principal class member
- maths-focused teacher leader or numeracy leader who is responsible for mathematics or numeracy learning or leads a team that designs mathematics and/or numeracy learning
- classroom teacher (with current or potential leadership responsibilities) who is keen to investigate, learn and develop their mathematics practice.
Small schools and clusters of small schools are also encouraged to apply. Contact the course coordinator to discuss your needs.
The Leading Mathematics orientation session will provide interested school teams with an opportunity to determine their readiness for the course and how well the scope and focus of learning fits their needs.
Leading Mathematics is undertaken over 6 to 9 months via a combination of face-to-face learning, in-school investigations and online learning. You are expected to engage in and contribute to:
- 7 face-to-face workshop days, including 1 at a host school
- in-school investigations involving the capture, collation and analysis of a range of evidence generated with students and teachers
- applied learning through inquiry-based evaluation and diagnosis of school data, context and Annual Implementation Plan priorities
- a choice of online electives.
Most of the learning takes place at your school, as your team begins to understand the needs of colleagues, students and context more deeply.
Self-directed learning activities – including in-school investigation, online electives and team collaboration – must be completed in your own time. We estimate this to be between 2 to 4 hours per week for the duration of the course.
Learning continues beyond the course as your team enacts its school-wide mathematics improvement strategy.
See Leading Mathematics course dates 2020 (PDF - 148 KB) for intake dates.
The learning outcomes for this course will explore 6 areas of focus:
- Understanding self as leaders of mathematics learning: Individuals will develop insights into their own beliefs, assumptions and ways of thinking about mathematics and what this means for their role in leading mathematics-related learning.
- Engaging in rich context investigations and analysis: Teams will collaboratively enrich and deepen their understanding of the mathematics-related learning needs and priorities in their school and come to understand how to use a range of methods and tools to undertake a rich context analysis.
- Making sense of mathematics-related research and key concepts: Teams will clarify and deepen their understanding of system-related aspirations and priorities and the connections to contemporary mathematics-related research. Teams will have a stronger understanding of key concepts and conceptual frameworks and how these can be translated and applied in their local context.
- Building capacity to lead the mathematics learning of others: Teams will deepen and extend their understanding of how to lead and support the professional learning of colleagues to bring about sustained changes in the teaching and learning of mathematics. They will be equipped with essential adult learning strategies and techniques to support the learning of colleagues.
- Designing strategically to change and improve: Teams will have practical insights into designing systematically and purposefully for connected, school-wide change in mathematics learning and teaching, grounded in high aspirations for students, evidence-informed learning needs that are strongly aligned with system imperatives.
- Developing leadership in practice: Individuals will understand the practical applications of key pedagogical concepts and strategies in the classroom, building essential capabilities and credibility for supporting and bringing about more widespread change across their schools. Where they choose to, they will belong to a virtual community of School Mathematics Leaders focused on similar mathematical interests.
By the end of the course, all school teams will have co-developed and committed to a school-wide strategy for improving mathematics teaching and learning and, where appropriate, begun to enact their strategies.
The course fees are significantly subsidised by the Department of Education and Training.
Co-contribution: $990 (incl. GST) for each team member from Victorian government schools.
The cost covers facilitator support and feedback, learning resources, morning/afternoon tea, and lunch at workshops. It does not cover CRT funding.
Successful applicants are required to confirm their enrolment with a non-refundable co-contribution to Bastow within 7 working days.
See Fees and financial support for more information.
Acceptance into Leading Mathematics is dependent on completing a 2-step process:
Step 1: Register and attend a half-day orientation session
- The orientation session will provide participants with essential information regarding the course content. School teams will be supported to make an informed and confident decision about whether to proceed with Leading Mathematics.
- At least 1 principal class member and 1 other member of the school team must attend this session. Remaining team members are welcome to attend if available.
Note: attending the orientation session is a mandatory step in the application process.
- Click 'View dates and apply' to register for an orientation session.
Step 2: Apply to attend the course
If your team decides to progress with the course, you are required to complete a short application outlining your school context and learning needs. Details regarding how to complete Step 2 of the application process will be provided following the orientation session.