A number of short-term pilots and research projects and ongoing curriculum initiatives are developed by CEWA and partner institutions in order to develop exemplary programs in our schools. 

Literacy & Numeracy

A major priority area in curriculum is Literacy and Numeracy. Catholic schools engage with a number of pilots and research projects that lead to improvements in the way literacy and numeracy skills are addressed in our schools. Take a closer look below:
As part of the government initiative to support the improvement of Numeracy in K-10, the CEWA consultants are piloting programs to help schools to:
  • Identify areas where improvements in Numeracy achievement of students can be made
  • Identify ways by which student achievement in Numeracy / Mathematics can be increased
  • Implement programs to effect such improvement as described above.

Other Curriculum Initiatives

Catholic schools engage in many projects that enhance the teaching and learning programs in all curriculum areas.

Reading Recovery

Reading recovery is an early literacy intervention and prevention initiative, providing  intensive individual help for children having difficulties learning to read and write after approximately one year of formal schooling. Through daily individual lessons of 30 minutes, children are helped to make rapid progress, catching up to the class average usually within 20 weeks. After completion of their series of lessons, they are able to work independently and successfully with an average group of learners in their classroom.

National Partnership Project - Teacher Quality

With support from the Australian Government, programs to up-skill teachers in the more demanding content areas of Mathematics and Science have been planned and developed.

National Partnership Project - Up skilling Aboriginal Teacher Assistants (ATAs)

Aboriginal Teacher Assistants are vital members of the teaching staff in Catholic schools. This project is aimed at further enhancing the skills of the ATAs in Kimberley schools.

Extending Mathematical Understanding

Extending Mathematical Understanding (EMU) is a numeracy intervention program offered in a selection of schools and implemented by a trained specialist teacher. The program targets children in Year 2 predominantly, who display difficulties in mathematics and aims to accelerate their numeracy understanding and skills.


The Bluearth Program has been implemented into a number of Western Australian Catholic schools and aims to improve students’ physical, emotional and social health through the medium of Bluearth activities.
The basis of the Bluearth Program is specifically designed games, movements and postures which also meet Health and Physical Education curriculum requirements. Bluearth adheres to and promotes a number of principles that leads to achieving improved social, personal, physical and academic outcomes. It is a program that encouraged inclusiveness of all students to participate in activities and to persist with challenges, and also enables teachers an opportunity to develop additional skills that can assist them to further foster a relationship with their students.

Animal Ethics - The Use of Animals in Teaching

The Animal Welfare Act of 2002 states that all animals used for scientific purposes must first be approved by a licenced Animal Ethics Committee. Teaching is deemed to be a scientific purpose. The Schools Animal Ethics Committee (SAEC) is the nominated animal ethics committee for all CEWA schools and agricultural colleges.
Guidelines for the care and use of animals in Western Australian schools and agricultural and TAFEWA colleges (2005) was  a document developed by SAEC to help schools comply with the Animal Welfare Act 2002 and the National Health and Medical Research Council’s Code of Practice for the care and use of animals for Scientific Purposes (2004) 7th Edition.
More information about the most recent version of the guidelines and forms is available here.