National Report on Schooling in Australia 2010

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education

7.2 Engagement and connections

Within the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education Action Plan 2010–2014 ‘engagement’ refers to the participation of students in personalised learning and the involvement of families and communities in schooling, rather than to student enrolment and attendance, as this term is used elsewhere in this report.

The Action Plan emphasises that schools that work in partnership with families and communities can better support the education of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children. Such partnerships are regarded as important in establishing a collective commitment to high expectations and fostering culturally safe and supportive learning environments. The involvement of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in educational decision-making and as principals, teachers, other education workers and community members in schools and classrooms is also seen as vital.¹

There are no national level data for performance indicators under this domain. TheAboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education Action Plan 2010–2014 Annual Report is expected to report information at State and Territory level under this domain from 2011.
 
Data by Indigenous status on enrolment and attendance are included in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education – attendance part of this report.
 


¹ MCEECDYA, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education Action Plan 2010–2014, p. 12