Literacy and numeracy are foundational skills, providing the base on which to learn other, more complex skills. They underpin workforce participation, productivity and the broader economy, and can also impact on social and health outcomes. The importance of literacy and numeracy skills is that they enable us to engage fully in social and civic life.
Literacy involves students listening to, reading, viewing, speaking, writing and creating oral, print, visual and digital texts, and using and modifying language for different purposes in a range of contexts.
Numeracy encompasses the knowledge, skills, behaviours and disposition that students need to use mathematics in a wide range of situations.