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Stage 1 Wrap Up
Stage 1 of the 10-year Indigenous Education Strategy involved the design, build and implementation of 25 new projects and initiatives aimed at improving the educational outcomes for Aboriginal students living in remote and very remote communities across the Northern Territory.
Although implementation is still in the early stages, it is important to reflect on some of the achievements and highlights from Stage 1, including:
- 33 Families as First Teacher sites delivered, setting children and families up for a positive education experience.
- 147 schools and almost 20,000 students participated in six rounds of Progressive Achievement Testing (PAT). Numeracy and literacy age benchmark assessments have also been implemented in 100 schools providing more relevant benchmarks to measure progress.
- 74 remote schools across five regions implemented Literacy and Numeracy Essentials (LANE) while eight schools are undertaking Direct Instruction. Teaching resources supporting LANE have also been finalised.
- 78 remote schools serviced by the Transition Support Unit in 2017. More than 1900 NT students from 250 NT locations received ABSTUDY to attend boarding school or a boarding facility, representing an increase of about 812 students since 2015.
- 79 schools engaged in social and emotional learning. Plus a whole-school approach to positive behaviour developed and trialled in 40 schools across the Territory.
- 32 schools delivering the Employment Pathways program and the NT Board of Studies endorsed the Employment Pathways curriculum in 2016 as an alternative secondary years curriculum in remote and very remote schools.
- new resources to support principal performance, coaching, mentoring and remote principal inductions have been finalised while 95 principals and senior teachers engaged in coaching programs in 2017.
- community engagement charters have been developed in very remote schools that underpin and inform a new Stage 2 project called Community Engagement, Local Decision Making and Community Led Schools.
More information about these and other projects will be available in early 2018.