The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (the Commission) has recently commenced a new program of work on health literacy. Health literacy is important to the consumer, healthcare professional, healthcare organisation and system. The combination of low levels of health knowledge and skills in the population, and increasing demands from a complex health system, have a significant impact on health and the safety and quality of health care in Australia. Their work began with a consultation process driven by the “Consumers, the health system and health literacy: Taking action to improve safety and quality” consultation paper. The MAV was invited to respond. Following a discussion at the July meeting of the MAV Council, it was agreed that the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care should be urged to take greater account of numeracy as an essential tool for consumers, healthcare providers, government agencies and regulators, education and training organisations and others in “taking action to improve safety and quality” in the health system. Read the MAV’s letter to the Commission here.
Your Council of the Mathematical Association of Victoria has made a submission in response to the recent State Government discussion paper, New Directions for School Leadership and the Teaching Profession. You can read the submission here.
The Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority has just closed a recent consultation round about the draft senior secondary Australian Curriculum for English, Mathematics, Science and History.
Thank you to all members who responded to the feedback sought by the MAV Council on this web site over June and July 2012. Your responses helped shape a formal response on behalf of all MAV members.
Read the response here.
The Council of the Mathematical Association of Victoria will be responding to the Parliamentary Inquiry into the Education of Gifted and Talented Students by 31 May 2011. The Council wants your feedback first.
The Terms of Reference require the Parliament’s Education and Training Committee to consider:
The effectiveness of current policies and programs for gifted and talented students, with particular consideration of, but not limited to;
- identification of gifted and talented students;
- equity of access to quality educational choices for gifted and talented students and their families; and
- impact on the learning, development and wellbeing of gifted and talented students.
- the scope, coverage and effectiveness of current policies and programs for students from both metropolitan and regional school communities, school leaders, teachers and parents and carers to support gifted and talented students;
- opportunities and strategies for enhancing support for gifted and talented students, their parents and carers, teachers and school leaders; and
- opportunities for improved educational offerings for gifted and talented students through collaboration across all school sectors and with community, business and industry.
The MAV Council invites your views, with particular attention to:
- the key benefits and issues surrounding programs for gifted and talented students, including any gaps identified in current programs;
- any current projects currently underway specific to the education of gifted and talented students;
- equity of access to programs for all gifted and talented students in Victoria;
- addressing the issue of underperformance among gifted and talented students;
- overcoming negative attitudes and misconceptions surrounding giftedness and talent;
- mechanisms to improve the capacity of teachers to identify and adequately respond to gifted and talented students; and
- any broader implicatiopns for school communities arising from the education of gifted and talented students.
In making your response please endeavour to provide examples of what you think may be best school and classroom practice.
The Productivity Commission has been asked to report on the Education and Training Workforce within 24 months. The Commission is to provide advice on workforce planning, development and structure of, in turn, the Vocational Education and Training (VET), Early Childhood Development (ECD) and Schools workforces.
In undertaking this set of three studies, the Commission has been asked to consider and provide advice on, for each workforce:
• the current and future demand for the workforces, and the mix of knowledge and skills required to meet service need
• the current and future supply of the workforces
• the structure and mix of the workforces and their efficiency and effectiveness
• workforce planning and development in the short, medium and long-term
• whether sectoral boundaries limit innovation and flexibility in workforce planning, development and practices.
In addition to the issues above, the Commission has been asked to give consideration to factors that have a particular impact on each of the sectors covered by the study.
The MAV Council will be following this work closely and, where appropriate, making representation on behalf of mathematics educators.
The Commission’s first work will be on the Vocational Education and Training Sector. On Friday, 30 July, Council wrote to the Commission, pointing out that they needed to pay close attention to numeracy and mathematics in Vocational Education and the consequent need to ensure that this was taken into account in their assessment of future workforce requirements. You can read what the Council wrote here:
Please keep the MAV posted about your views on workforce planning in the education sector. Leave your comments here.