PRIME Futures targets Foundation to Year 9 students in mainstream metropolitan and regional schools and uses the YuMi Deadly Maths (YDM) approach to improve student outcomes in mathematics.
The YDM approach , delivered by the YuMi Deadly Centre (YDC) at QUT , aligns with the Australian Curriculum and encourages schools to involve parents and community in mathematics learning. It uses a train-the-trainer model that includes the following components.
Teachers are equipped with the necessary knowledge of mathematics, mathematics education and lesson planning to be able to make teaching decisions based on the particular needs of their students.
There is a focus on increasing teachers’ capacity to engage with Indigenous students and deliver mathematics education in an Indigenous context.
Eight resource books – Overview, Number, Operations, Algebra, Measurement, Geometry, Statistics and Probability, and Review – are provided with information on the YDM approach to teaching mathematics and ideas on how to implement this approach.
Online and telephone support and access to websites
Teachers are provided with access to materials and support through the YDC website, a QUT Community Blackboard site (an online virtual learning environment) and via telephone and email with YDC mathematics education practitioners.
Action research and data collection
Teachers are provided with training in taking an action research approach to their in-school work. Teachers are encouraged to contribute reflective journals and reports containing evidence of their progress.
The program operated initially in two Queensland clusters starting in Term 4 2015, with an additional four clusters joining during 2016 (two in Queensland and two in South Australia) and a further four clusters joining in 2017 (two in Western Australia and two more in Queensland), making 10 clusters in all across Australia.