National Report on Schooling in Australia 2012

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.

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

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education Action Plan 2010–2014 specifies the following performance indicators under this domain:

  • Proportion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students with personalised learning strategies in place
  • Proportion of focus schools with a school–community partnership agreement in place.

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education Action Plan 2010–2014: 2012 Annual Report provides information on these indicators at state and territory level but national data for this domain are not available.




 


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