About RoleM

RoleM stands for: Representations, Oral Language and Engagement in Mathematics. Read More.

RoleM learning activities focus on key dimensions of learning mathematics, while being fun and easy to use. RoleM improves students’ understanding of mathematical language and representations and their ability to think mathematically. RoleM also enhances teachers’ knowledge and pedagogy with regard to teaching mathematics in the early years.

Proven Results

The RoleM program has proven success.The current resources have been developed and fully trialled over a three-year period in different contexts including metropolitan, regional, rural, remote and very remote locations. Rigorous testing shows that participating in the program enhances students’ mathematical skills and knowledge. Read more about RoleM’s Proven Results.

RoleM Materials

The RoleM Materials are available for sale. These kits include learning experiences, hands-on resources, and digital resources. The kits are easy to implement and fun to use in the classroom. The RoleM program aligns with the Australian Mathematics Curriculum. Participating students are meeting the achievement standards for each year level and beyond. All resources have been deemed culturally appropriate. Proceeds from the sale of kits will fund further research in education for disadvantaged communities and the development of effective education programs.


The Rolem Program grew from a need to address educational disparities evident in many Indigenous and low SES communities. Based on results of previous research by Professor Warren, a mathematics’ program was created. Its aim was to improve students’ mathematical learning in the Foundation years to Year 3. Over the past three years, the program has been extensively trialled in a wide range of schools and adjustments made according to feedback provided by participating schools and local communities. Teachers requested guidance about the oral language, pedagogical approaches, understanding of mathematics, and physical resources that would support their mathematics teaching in these contexts. Teacher assistants have also contributed to ideas for catering for many of the cultural issues that exist in these contexts. Many of these teacher assistants, with the support of the RoleM team and ACU, are presently training to become teachers.


Empowerment through Mathematics – Being mathematical, just like being literate, is a social justice imperative for all. The RoleM Program aims to assist all young students from disadvantaged contexts to engage in mathematics, become numerate, and participate fully in life’s opportunities.

Community Engagement – The Rolem Program has been developed through a process of engaging teachers, students, teaching assistants, parents/caregivers, principals and communities in how to effectively support young students’ learning in disadvantaged contexts. The Progam is thus culturally and contextually appropriate, and is tailored for the diversity of students that exists within these contexts. In many instances it has become integral to their community’s education strategy.

RoleM Logo

The RoleM logo was created by Blacklines Publications. RoleM is represented as the link between the two figures (white internal space). The figures represent a number of different ideas. The child is on the left with the adult/parent on the right. Read more about the philosophy behind the design of the RoleM logo.

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