The Aboriginal Education and Training Policy (2008) What does it mean for us?
The Policy aims to: • improve educational outcomes of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and learners in schools and TAFE and community colleges, so that they excel and achieve in every aspect of their education and training; and • build everyone’s knowledge and understanding of the histories, cultures and experiences of the First Peoples of Australia.
It is the goal of the Department that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students will match or better the outcomes of the broader student population. • Priorities within the Policy: • Aboriginal education and training is core business for all staff • collaborative decision making with Aboriginal people and communities • providing support for ‘mandatory Aboriginal cultural education through professional learning and career development experiences for all staff’ • integrating actions into existing planning, implementation, review and reporting processes.
What is different from previous policies? • It applies to all areas of the Department of Education and Training. • All staff employed in schools, TAFE Institutes, Regional Offices, State Offices and Adult & Community Education (ACE) are responsible for putting the policy into action.
Sections 4 and 5 of the Policy indicate: • responsibilities • delegations • monitoring, evaluation and reporting requirements • All staff are responsible for implementing the Policy and ensuring that their actions comply with it. • For leaders and workplace managers they emphasise: • consulting with Local and Regional AECGs and Aboriginal communities • implementing the Policy • incorporating actions within school planning that comply with the Policy • monitoring the effectiveness of their plans • reporting on achievements against outcomes and targets.
The Policy is to be implemented: • within the planning and day to day work of each school, campus, college and workplace; and • in partnership with the NSW AECG Inc., Aboriginal communities and organisations
Discussion: • What are the implications of the Aboriginal Education and Training Policy for our workplace? • Individual Reflection: • What does the Aboriginal Education and TrainingPolicy mean for me and my role?
Support documents Aboriginal Education and Training Strategy 2009-2012 Aboriginal Human Resource Development Plan2009-2011 Partnership Agreement between NSW Department of Education and Training and NSW Aboriginal Education Consultative Group Inc. Key Planning Documents
Aboriginal Education & Training Strategy 2009-2012 • Leadership, planning and accountability • planning for success for all Aboriginal students • collaborating with Aboriginal people in decision making at all levels • ensuring Aboriginal education and training is core business for all staff • Ongoing learning for staff and students • increasing Competencies in Aboriginal Cultures for all staff • valuing & developing the capabilities of Aboriginal staff • educating all students about Aboriginal Australia
Aboriginal Education & Training Strategy 2009-2012 (cont’d) • Relationships and pathways • connecting people through partnerships that make a difference • strengthening whole of government approaches. • Teaching and training • accelerating progress in bridging the achievement gap between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal students • strengthening learning opportunities through research, innovation and collaboration
Turning Policy into Action • This document contains information and suggested actions for the Aboriginal education and training planning group at a local level: • Reflect>Plan>Act Guide • Community Partnerships Planning Guide • What do we already do? • What do we need to do?
Additional support is available from your local departmental support officers, for example, through TAFE Institutes or Regional offices. The AETD intranet site provides links to further support material. https://detwww.det.nsw.edu.au/lists/directoratesaz/aet/index.htm