New funding for the Primary Maths and Science Specialists initiative will train 200 primary school teachers as maths and science specialists in 100 of Victoria’s most disadvantaged government primary schools.
The initiative will significantly improve the teaching of these important subjects and forms a key part of our education plan.
It will be supported by the following programs:
- A new Secondary STEM Catalysts program to build the capacity of 60 teachers across 30 secondary schools in disadvantaged areas to lead, encourage and support changes to teaching Years 7 and 8 maths and science, including digital technologies
- A 20-day evidence based professional learning program made available to all Victorian government primary schools
- A five-day program for 100 current and previous Primary Maths and Science Specialists to train in their alternate discipline i.e. maths for science specialists and science for maths specialists
- Learning opportunities for early childhood and primary school teachers about the ‘big ideas’ in maths and the best ways to teach them.
Why are we doing this?
Victorian students’ achievement in maths and science has stalled, with fewer high performers and a drop-off in student achievement and engagement from years 4-9. There’s also a gender gap in participation that favours boys.
Teaching quality is one of the most important factors for effective learning in maths and science. Improvement in teaching effectiveness is closely linked to improvement in student learning.
Building the STEM skills of our teachers will help address these challenges while giving employers the confidence to grow, explore and innovate knowing they can call on a highly skilled, adaptable workforce in the future.
What does this mean for my child/school?
The $27 million Primary Maths and Science Specialists initiative will provide 200 Primary Maths and Science Specialists to improve the teaching of maths and science in 100 disadvantaged government schools across the state.
Two Primary Maths and Science Specialists in each of the 100 schools will work both in class and directly with fellow teachers to provide professional learning support as well as building up their confidence in teaching these subjects. In this way, all students in these schools will have access to better teaching in the crucial STEM subjects.
The suite of $3 million supporting STEM initiatives will also support the roll-out of the new Victorian curriculum in primary and secondary schools.