NESA has unveiled a new numeracy course for Stage 6 students. The Content Endorsed Course (CEC) has been designed as part of the State Government’s Mathematics Strategy, which aims to see an increase in the number of NSW students participating in mathematics and an improvement in their mathematic performance. The Numeracy course will see students focus on core practical numeracy skills including budgeting, earning and spending money, everyday probability, interpreting statistics in the media and understanding maps and plans.
NESA’s new Numeracy course has been trialled in 198 schools over the past three years, and according to NESA, has seen a “substantial increase in participation and engagement among students enrolled in Vocational Education and Training courses, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students [and] students in rural and remote areas”. The course will be taught to Year 11 students from 2022 and Year 12 students from 2023, with the syllabus to be published next term. Students can either study this course on its own, or in conjunction with Mathematics Standard, however, it cannot be counted towards an ATAR.