National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education Action Plan coverEducation Ministers from around the country have signed off to lift national efforts to improve Indigenous education results, under the  Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education Action Plan.

Ministers also agreed to the development of a draft National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Educator Workforce Strategy by the end of 2013.

The MATSITI Project is expected to make a significant contribution to informing and shaping this agenda to increase the number and capacity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander teachers in our schools.

The following National Collaborative Action 33 is the key workforce strategy under the National Plan endorsed by the Standing Council on School, Education and Early Childhood (SCSEEC)   (formerly Ministerial Council for Education, Early Childhood Development and Youth Affairs – MCEECDYA).

MCEECDYA will develop a National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Educator Workforce Strategy to assist education providers to make progress towards an equitable ratio of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff to students. The Strategy will support aspiring Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education leaders, include initiatives to attract more Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians into the education workforce and bureaucracies and provide pathways through the workforce. The Strategy will also help to recognise and clarify the role of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education workers and support their professional development and career aspirations.

We believe that a strong national partnership with schools offers an opportunity to shape and accelerate reforms in this area and plan for future sustainability – what could be done by our schools to make a significant and lasting difference for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and teachers.

For more information about the Ministerial Press Release see http://ministers.deewr.gov.au/garrett/ministers-agree-lift-efforts-indigenous-education

The National Action Plan (PDF) can be found at

www.mceecdya.edu.au/verve/_resources/a10-0945_ieap_web_version_final2.pdf

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