2017 YDC Sharing Summit

YuMi Deadly Maths is a unique pedagogical approach developed by QUT's YuMi Deadly Centre to improve capacity to teach mathematics. It brings maths alive, putting fun and enjoyment back into learning and teaching maths, which in turn leads to strong learning communities. In the words of one Year 4 student at a YDM school: "At the start of the year ... everyone hated maths. But now ... with YuMi Deadly Maths, it's just awesome, it's fun, it's energetic! It's like games and learning!" Teachers enjoy it too: "YuMi has given me back a passion for maths, for teaching maths and for working with all students to love learning maths."

The YDC Sharing Summit brings together education practitioners from YDC projects across Australia to share best practice and their experiences with YuMi Deadly Maths. YDC mathematics projects cover general pedagogy, enrichment and extension, remediation, acceleration and special education. You are invited to attend the summit to learn more about how to engage learners, enjoy teaching and grow communities through YuMi Deadly Maths.

Sharing Summit information for YDC project participants

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Aboriginal Summer School for Excellence in Technology and Science (ASSETS)

Applications for the 2017/18 ASSETS program opened on Monday 22 May 2017. More than 100 students from all over Australia will come together at one of three summer schools to be held in Adelaide, Newcastle and Townsville over December/January, 2017/18.

ASSETS is for Year 10 students who are interested in science, technology, engineering or mathematics and who identify with their Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander culture and heritage.

ASSETS students will benefit from attending a nine-day summer school and participating in an ongoing leadership and support program designed to nurture and encourage these students through Years 11 and 12. The summer school program combines interactive science inquiry activities with engaging cultural experiences. There is no cost to attend. Airfares, meals and accommodation are provided.

Applications are open from 22 May to 16 June 2017.

For more information and to apply, please visit or contact the team on 03 9545 8700 or by email at

YDC Sharing Summit 2016: Highlights

The sixth annual YDC Sharing Summit, ‘Connect, Reflect, Recharge!’, was held on 24-25 October at QUT Kelvin Grove campus.

This year’s program featured a keynote presentation from Dr Chris Matthews, Chair of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait lslander Mathematics Alliance, who told the story of the Goompi Model (also known as the RAMR Model).

The program also included a diverse range of other presentations and brought together 60 educators from across Australia for an inspiring two days of connecting, reflecting and recharging.

Watch Sharing Summit highlights video

Maths, story and dance: an Indigenous approach to teaching

15 August 2016 | A new method using culture-based storytelling to teach maths to Aboriginal children is reaping results. Dr Chris Matthews explains the approach.

Read the full ABC news article

YDC staff team wins Vice-Chancellor's Awards for Excellence

The YuMi Deadly Centre academic and professional staff team has won a 2016 Vice-Chancellor's Award for Excellence in recognition of sustained performance and outstanding achievement in learning and teaching, partnerships and engagement, and research. This is the second Vice-Chancellor's Award won by the YDC team, with the first in 2010.

Watch video from VC award ceremony presentation

YuMi Deadly Maths a hit in Hughenden

28 April 2016 | A small school in outback Queensland is having great success using a unique teaching program to help students learn maths and numeracy. YuMi Deadly Maths is a professional development program for teachers to help them teach maths in a more interactive and engaging way.

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Peter Doherty Awards for Excellence in STEM Education

The YuMi Deadly Centre encourages Queensland schools, teachers and students to apply for the Peter Doherty Awards for Excellence in STEM Education.

These awards recognise students, teachers, support officers, schools and education partners (volunteers, mentors and organisations) who demonstrate an outstanding and innovative contribution to STEM education in Queensland.

Multiple awards will be issued in each category, together totalling up to $150,000. The categories are:

  • Outstanding Senior STEM Student Awards – $5,000 each
  • Outstanding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Senior STEM Student Awards – $5,000 each
  • Outstanding Teacher of STEM Awards – $5,000 each
  • Outstanding STEM Support Officer Awards – $5,000 each
  • STEM Education Partnership Awards – $5,000 each
  • Outstanding School STEM Awards – $5,000 each.

For further information on how to apply, visit:

Peter Doherty Awards for Excellence in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education

Nominations close: 5 pm, 21 March 2016.
Winners announced: 12 August 2016
Ceremony: 12 August 2016, Room Three Sixty, QUT.

YDC Sharing Summit 2015: Highlights

The fifth annual YDC Sharing Summit, ‘Diversity within YuMi Deadly Maths’, explored how YuMi Deadly Maths develops numeracy and mathematics understanding while catering for diversity and was held on 26–27 October at the Kelvin Grove campus.

This year’s program featured three informative keynotes: Beth Tailby from DET South East Region Indigenous Education, who spoke on Embedding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Perspectives in Schools; Marian Heard from CSIRO, who spoke about the national Indigenous STEM Education Project (of which PRIME Futures is a part); and Tracey Chappell, Principal of Goodna Special School, who spoke about the implementation of YuMi Deadly Maths at Goodna.

The program also included 16 other presentations from 13 Primary, Secondary, P–12 and Special Schools involved in YDC projects, including three YDM Centre for Excellence schools.

Watch Sharing Summit highlights video

PRIME Futures Program

11 September 2015 The YuMi Deadly Centre has been selected to deliver the mathematics element of a new project to direct Indigenous students toward a STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) career.

'Deadly' maths program sees prime future for Indigenous students

New YDM Lesson Plans

We are currently developing new P–9 teacher resources to support aspects of the Australian Curriculum content descriptors. These may be used as lesson plans following the RAMR model which is designed to develop the proficiencies – understanding, fluency, problem solving, and reasoning – to assist students to work mathematically.

Calls to lift basic numeracy skills for students with disabilities

10 June 2015 Australian children with disabilities who leave school without basic numeracy skills may face a difficult future and struggle to gain employment. QUT’s YuMi Deadly Maths program was designed to lift standards of numeracy and has been adapted for use in 12 Education Queensland special schools.


Maths program to help Queensland children with a disability gain employment

8 June 2015 A Queensland special school is shaking up how to teach mathematics in a bid to reverse poor rates of employment for people with disabilities. Goodna Special School is one of 12 special schools running the YuMi Deadly Maths program developed by the YuMi Deadly Centre and modified for students with disabilities.

Read the full ABC news article on the YuMi Deadly Maths Program

Pitching maths through music at Emerald

28 November 2014 Students at Emerald State High School could be more tuned in to their maths classes next week than students anywhere else on earth. A partnership between QUT and Join Australian Music (JAM) will see Year Nine maths students not only playing music but making instruments as well while learning about the maths behind the music.

Listen to an ABC radio interview about the JAMATHS project

YDC Sharing Summit 2014: Highlights

The YuMi Deadly Centre held its annual Sharing Summit on 27–28 October at QUT Kelvin Grove campus. The summit provided a provided a wonderful opportunity for YDC project schools to share and reflect on their current practices and plan their future teaching with YuMi Deadly Maths and for other schools to see 'YDM in action'.

The program for the two days included two keynote presentations, 13 school presentations representing 10 YDC project cohorts from around Queensland, and two YDC presentations. The opening keynote presentation from Mr Selwyn Button, Assistant Director-General for Indigenous Education (State Schools) with the Department of Education, Training and Employment, shared the initiatives that DETE is considering with regard to Indigenous education and included some analysis of school results data showing that YDM training is having an impact on Indigenous students' learning outcomes where teachers have been trained in YDM.

The second keynote presentation from Laurie Shepherd, Principal of Victoria Park State School in Mackay, was a wonderful example of YDM leadership and whole-of-school change which is so important to the success of YDM.

Watch Sharing Summit highlights video

Leading mathematics teaching program moves mainstream

YuMi Deadly Maths AIM in Mount Isa

15 May 2014 The Australian Department of Education has filmed a brief video to accompany the inclusion of YuMi Deadly Maths and Accelerated Indigenous Maths in its Teach Learn Share project describing successful literacy and numeracy strategies around Australia. The video gives an overview of YDM and shows the effectiveness of the pedagogical approach it advocates and the high level of student engagement in the classrooms at Spinifex State College in Mount Isa.

Watch YuMi Deadly Maths at Spinifex video at Accelerated Indigenous Maths web page

Read the Teach Learn Share reports about YuMi Deadly Maths and Accelerated Indigenous Maths

Deadly maths summit shares success

28 October 2013 Teachers from around Queensland and some from Victoria converged on QUT in late October to share their experiences in teaching what could be the world's most deadly maths program.

Watch YuMi Deadly Centre Sharing Summit highlights video

Real-world approach makes maths teaching deadly

Education Queensland – Education Views, 9 May 2013 A real-world approach to teaching mathematics developed within the Faculty of Education at the Queensland University of Queensland (QUT) is reaping classroom results. YuMi Deadly Centre lead researcher Dr Bron Ewing explains.

On a roll

QUT Alumni magazine – QUT Links, Autumn 2013 A deadly maths program is making learning as easy as child's play.

Sunshine Harvester leads Victoria in deadly program

QUT News – 3 June 2013 Doing a three-sixty on a scooter, rolling dice and cooking might seem like common school activities, but for students at 12 Victorian schools, the activities are leading to serious learning.

YuMi Deadly Maths on ABC Radio

ABC Radio – Speaking Out, December 2012 YuMi Deadly Centre Lead Researcher Dr Bron Ewing was interviewed by Rhianna Patrick on ABC Radio's Speaking Out program. Bron speaks about the YuMi Deadly Maths program, Vocational Education and Training project, and Centres for Excellence in YuMi Deadly Maths.

Download the ABC Radio interview with Dr Bron Ewing (MP3, 25MB)

YuMi Deadly Maths is excellent at Beenleigh State School

8 November 2012 Mathematics teaching and learning at Beenleigh State School is so exceptional the school is being rewarded by becoming a Centre for Excellence in YuMi Deadly Maths.

YuMi Deadly Maths is excellent at Vincent State School

19 September 2012 Mathematics teaching and learning at Vincent State School is so exceptional the school is being rewarded by becoming a Centre for Excellence in YuMi Deadly Maths.

New program making maths fun

17 June 2012 The YuMi Deadly Maths program was featured on Brisbane's Channel 7 news on Saturday, 16 June 2012. The story shows how a kinaesthetic approach is used to teach Geometry to students at Marsden State School.

QUT signs Deadly maths deal with Victoria

30 April 2012 YDC Lead Researcher Dr Bron Ewing talks about the implementation of the YuMi Deadly Maths program in 12 Victorian Western Metropolitan Region primary schools. Dr Ewing was interviewed about the YDM-WMR Victoria project on Townsville radio station 4K1G FM.

Listen to the interview about the YDM-WMR Victoria project.

It's TIME: QUT's Deadly Centre aims to make maths fun

3 June 2011 Over the next week, Queensland University of Technology is offering primary school teachers professional development workshops aimed at increasing engagement and success in the maths classroom for students from Indigenous and lower socio-economic backgrounds. YuMi Deadly Centre Director Professor Tom Cooper explains.

Maths trial to improve school results

24 March 2010 Teachers from 29 Queensland state primary schools have been trained in a new maths teaching method developed by QUT. Professor Tom Cooper from the YuMi Deadly Centre explains.

ARC grants recognise QUT researchers

15 October 2008 Two QUT academics on a mission to upskill Indigenous Australians by developing culturally relevant teaching methods in maths have received $837,000 in the latest round of ARC Linkage grants.

They, and 21 other research groups from QUT, have received a total of $6.22 million in the latest round of the Federal Government's ARC Discovery and Linkage grants.

The project aims to develop a theory about numeracy instruction, providing strategies for Vocational Education and Training (VET) teachers to assist Indigenous student's mathematics learning in a manner that is culturally empowering, builds pride and sustains community linkages.

Dr Baturo and Professor Cooper have extensive experience in teaching numeracy to Indigenous communities, and are also the founders of the Deadly Maths program which sees them travel to remote Indigenous communities throughout the State.

Dr Baturo said she found working with Indigenous communities a rewarding experience.

"At the start, we had had little experience with Indigenous communities, but we know about mathematics education and hoped that would be enough to be able to help," she said.

"We have had to get out of the way of thinking that we were teaching maths to these kids so they could get a good job, or things like that, and realise that these kids were more interested in learning for the pleasure of gaining knowledge.

"To create effective learning environments, there are many cultural factors which need to be taken into consideration."

The title of Dr Baturo and Professor Cooper's project is Skilling Indigenous Australia: Effective numeracy learning for employment by regional and remote Indigenous students in vocational education and training courses.

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National Literacy and Numeracy Week 2008

1 September 2008 Deadly Maths' Tom Cooper is a National Literacy and Numeracy Week (NLNW) Ambassador again in 2008.

The theme for NLNW 2008 is Partnerships in Learning. Across Australia, parents, teachers and communities are working together to develop the literacy and numeracy skills of Australia's young people. Literacy and numeracy are fundamental skills that are critically important to Australia's future prosperity and position in the world. The promotion of strong literacy and numeracy skills amongst young people assists in countering educational and social disadvantage.

Deadly Maths on Life Matters

21 August 2008 Dr Annette Baturo and Professor Tom Cooper were interviewed by Richard Aedy for ABC Radio National's Life Matters Program. They tell the serendipitous story of how Deadly Maths research began and where it is headed.

Listen to the interview

Life Matters is a unique daily interview program about social change and day-to-day life. Richard Aedy talks with the main people behind our social policies - from workplace reform to education, health, family relationships, and social change.

Indigenous students find maths is a good yarn

The Australian, 13 August 2008 Annette Baturo and Tom Cooper teach deadly maths, but not as in deadly boring. Rather, the two Queensland University of Technology academics have spent years working out ways to make the Queensland high school maths syllabus relevant, even appealing, for remote indigenous students.

Deadly Maths brings numbers to life

11 July 2008 Two QUT academics are on a mission to make maths accessible to and enjoyable for everyone in Queensland, and have travelled to rural communities and Indigenous schools to ensure this happens.

Dr Annette Baturo and Professor Tom Cooper, both from the Faculty of Education, are the founders of the YuMi Deadly Maths program, which has, since 2001, seen them devote much of their time and energy to educating Indigenous students in maths.

Dr Baturo said the project started after a visit to Woorabinda Aboriginal Community where they were asked by two principals to come back and work with the schools.

Todd takes Indigenous education message to world

26 March 2008 We are very proud of QUT Masters in Education student and YDC Research Assistant Todd Phillips, a valuable member of the YuMi Deadly Centre team.



QUT YuMi Deadly Centre

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Queensland University of Technology
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