Support services

The following services assist schools and educators with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander schooling.

Indigenous Education Performance team 

Indigenous Education Performance provides a range of support services to schools and communities in the area of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education to improve education outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. These support services are focussed around:  
  • professional development
  • early engagement
  • community engagement
  • literacy and numeracy
  • cultural awareness
  • attendance, mobility and retention.

Crossing cultures program

Crossing Cultures is a professional development program for school teachers and staff looking at the history of Australia from an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspective. It is a precursor to the Embedding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Perspectives in Schools (EATSIPS) process. 

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Languages Statement

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Languages Statement provides the basis to assist Queensland educators and school communities to support the languages and cultures of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students within the school context.
Teaching Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander English as an additional language or dialect (EAL/D) learners
Many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in Queensland come to school with rich and complex language backgrounds. Many of these students also do not commence their schooling with full proficiency in Standard Australian English (SAE).
Recognition and respect for students' language backgrounds are vital components of Language perspectives work with schools, students, families and community. Language perspectives responds to such language situations by supporting educators to teach SAE explicitly so as to develop students' proficiency in SAE to maximise their classroom learning. Language perspectives delivers professional development to educators to foster their knowledge and skills about language and language learners.
 

To provide teachers with explicit guidance around the knowledge and practice required to effectively teach Aboriginal and Torres Strait EAL/D learners, the department has led the development of the Capability Framework: Teaching Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander EAL/D learners (PDF, 2.66MB),(RTF, 418KB)​​ which supports the implementation of the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers. The Capability Framework is applicable to teachers working in remote, regional and urban contexts across Australia. The development of EAL/D Capability Framework was a partnership between, and is supported by Queensland, New South Wales, the Northern Territory and Western Australia state education departments.

Classroom Profiling

Classroom Profiling is a coaching method to improve classroom practices for managing student behaviour. School based and regional training is available for principals and deputy principals, department heads and heads of curriculum in Queensland.

Teach Remote

The Partners for Success Strategy​ focuses on identifying high performing teachers who have expertise, skills, interests and experiences particularly in relation to working across different cultures. Under the Partners for Success Strategy teachers interested in teaching in Identified Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Schools throughout the state are asked to apply to Identified Indigenous Schools through a selection process.


 

Last reviewed 11 February 2015
​Last updated 3 August 2016