Official advice and support

 

Rationale: Most teachers work within a framework determined to some extent by external constraints, either at the state or national levels, and sometimes both. By their nature, local advice and support is of critical importance to understanding this framework and obtaining any necessary support. It is also helpful to see what is offered outside oneีs own environment, however. This allows access to external advice and also a sense of perspective on how curricula are varied across state, national and international borders, including being supported in different ways. Official advice and support offered in some settings may still be very helpful to mathematics teachers in other settings.

 

Here are some examples:

 

 

Curriculum Council of WA

 

At present, each state in Australia has its own educational system, as Education is a state responsibility. The Curriculum Council of WA is an example of an official state body responsible for the school curriculum, for both primary (elementary) school and secondary (high) school. The key document for years K-10 is the Curriculum Framework, details of which are online. Follow the leads for Mathematics in particular. The last two years of school engage students in a choice of Courses. For mathematics teachers, the relevant courses are Mathematics and Specialist Mathematics. In each case, the link leads to syllabuses, assessment and other support materials and information about (public) examinations.

 

 

Australian National Curriculum

 

The Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) is in the process of developing national curriculum for specified learning areas, one of the first of which has been Mathematics. This website provides the authoritative and up to date information on this process, which will continue over the course of 2010. Details of the history, intentions, processes (which involve consultation with teachers and others) and policy documents are all accessible online with a series of publications, including Shape papers and Framing papers. Watch this site for future developments (and opportunities for engaging in consultation). In due course, the site will provide significant direct help for teachers with the new curricula in mathematics (and other learning areas). Significantly, the same body will be responsible for both curriculum and assessment from 2010.

 

 

UK National Strategies

 

This government website from the UK offers many kinds of support for teachers of both primary and secondary mathematics. There are substantial resources for download and associated advice on using them, such as the Interactive Teaching Programs, intended for interactive whiteboards. Browse the site to follow areas of interest and the ways in which they are centrally supported.

 

 

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Last updated: 8 September 2009