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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2011 Week 14 Hansard (6 December) . . Page.. 5728..


Performance in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education—annual report

Paper and statement by minister

DR BOURKE (Ginninderra—Minister for Education and Training, Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs, Minister for Industrial Relations and Minister for Corrections): In accordance with the resolution of the Assembly of 24 May 2000, as amended 16 February 2006, I present the following paper:

Indigenous Education—Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education—Annual report 2010-2011.

I ask leave to make a statement in relation to the paper.

Leave granted.

DR BOURKE: I am pleased to present to the Assembly the report on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education for the period January 2010 to June 2011. Members will recall that reports were submitted annually and covered the period January to December, but in future reports will be presented on the same cycle as the directorate's annual report—that is, on a financial year basis.

In 2010 the Education and Training Directorate commenced the development of a comprehensive strategic plan on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education thereby aligning the priorities outlined in "Everyone Matters—ACT Education and Training strategic plan 2010-13"with those contained in the national Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education action plan 2010-14. The result was "Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education matters: strategic plan 2010-13".

This plan, which was launched by the previous minister in 2010, in September, presents priorities and actions for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education in ACT public schools. The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education matters: strategic plan 2010-13 provides clear direction for closing the learning achievement gap between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and other students.

Priorities contained in the plan and the achievements against these priorities are highlighted in this report. These include work on developing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives within the curriculum and developing draft guidelines for personalised learning strategies that will contribute to improved literacy and numeracy, engagement with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and retention of students to year 12. This report also outlines key actions that will be undertaken during the 2011 to 2012 reporting period.

In the learning and teaching domain, the directorate developed curriculum materials that incorporate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives celebrating the centenary of Canberra. These materials were distributed to ACT schools in 2011. Professional learning was also provided to teachers with a focus on understanding the land through the eyes of the Ngunnawal people, a local resource developed in


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