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The Literacy and Numeracy Framework for Catholic Schools K-12 developed by the Catholic Schools Office sets broad parameters and identifies key goals on which schools base their own planning to achieve literacy and numeracy improvements for all students. The Framework is organised around five key goals which are inclusive of all students and teachers in systemic schools. These goals are:

  • To enable all students to achieve their full potential in literacy and numeracy from Kindergarten to Year 12
  • To strengthen principal leadership that prioritises literacy and numeracy improvements and teacher professional learning
  • To set whole school literacy and numeracy goals and strategies within School Improvement Plans
  • To strengthen teacher capacity to deliver quality literacy and numeracy practices
  • To develop parents as integral partners in their child's literacy and numeracy learning.

Literacy and numeracy knowledge and skills form foundations for learning, educational attainment, personal enrichment, social interaction and future employment. Literate and numerate students are able to understand and negotiate their world and actively participate in all aspects of society as ethical and informed citizens.

Schools in the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle implement the NSW Education and Standards Authority (NESA) syllabus in English and Mathematics. The English and Mathematics learning areas have a particular role in the development of literacy and numeracy skills. English provides a focus on language and meaning. Mathematics provides opportunities to select, use, evaluate and communicate mathematical ideas in a range of situations.