St Francis Xavier’s College is committed to raising the standards of numeracy of all of its students, so that they develop the ability to use numeracy skills effectively in all areas of the curriculum and the skills necessary to cope confidently with the demands of further education, employment and adult life.
Teachers of mathematics should:
- be aware of the mathematical techniques used in other subjects and provide assistance and advice to other departments, so that a correct and consistent approach is used in all subjects.
- provide information to other subject teachers on appropriate expectations of students and difficulties likely to be experienced in various age and ability groups.
- through liaison with other teachers, attempt to ensure that students have appropriate numeracy skills by the time they are needed for work in other subject areas.
- seek opportunities to use topics and examination questions from other subjects in mathematics lessons.
Teachers of subjects other than mathematics should:
- ensure that they are familiar with correct mathematical language, notation, conventions and techniques, relating to their own subject, and encourage students to use these correctly.
- be aware of appropriate expectations of students and difficulties that might be experienced with numeracy skills.
- provide information for mathematics teachers on the stage at which specific numeracy skills will be required for particular groups.
- provide resources for mathematics teachers to enable them to use examples of applications of numeracy relating to other subjects in mathematics lessons.