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Every Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student Succeeding

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​The department has released the Every Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander student succeeding strategy (PDF, 1.7MB). Following an extensive consultation process, the strategy sets the direction on how we will improve outcomes for our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in state schools through 3 priorities.

  1. Connection to culture
    Culture and community play an important role in shaping young people’s lives. Through localised curriculum development and partnerships with local communities, we will continue to acknowledge and respect the histories, values, languages and cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and place them at the centre of our work.
  2. High expectations
    The foundations of a successful learning journey are built through support, encouragement, parent and community partnerships, and quality teaching. By lifting expectations of curriculum delivery and student achievement, we will engage students in opportunities that see them thrive at school and excel academically in a supportive and inclusive environment.
  3. Meaningful pathways
    Confident and empowered students reach their full potential and contribute to a more prosperous Queensland through further education pathways and learning opportunities aligned to their aspirations. By building resilience, nurturing creativity and instilling a culture of lifelong learning, we will inspire students to successfully navigate the future of work and achieve their aspirations.

In line with the department’s Advancing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education action plan (PDF, 6.9MB) and State Schools Strategy, these priorities recognise the importance of acknowledging and promoting culture, and supporting students to achieve through to Year 12. They also set 4 key targets for improvement by December 2022:

  • proportion of educators who strongly agree they are confident in embedding cultural perspectives in learning 
  • proportion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students achieving C or above in English 
  • numbers of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students receiving multiple school disciplinary absences
  • rate of student retention from Years 10 to 12.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education 2018 report card

The department’s commitment to improving educational outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students is also reflected in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education in Queensland state schools 2018 report card (PDF, 2.1MB).

The report card, which spans from 2015 to 2018, was developed to share the strategies used to contribute to these improvements, as well as serving as a consultation tool to determine the Every Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander student succeeding strategy (PDF, 1.7MB).

Some of the highlights in the report card include a significant increase in Year 12 students obtaining a Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE) or Queensland Certificate of Individual Achievement (QCIA), increase in number of Year 3 students at or above NAPLAN Reading, and greater retention rate for Year 10 to 12 students.

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Last updated 03 June 2020