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Ministerial directions

The Ministers of Education in all states and territories have made a commitment that partnerships between schools with significant enrolments of Indigenous students and their Indigenous communities will be formalised through written agreements by 2010.

Ministers have requested that these agreements

  • are expressed in plain language;
  • enable broad community engagement in the selection of the school principal and teaching staff;
  • enable community input into all school planning and decision-making processes;
  • establish agreement on school goals and policies relating to matters such as attendance and academic achievement;
  • provide greater flexibility in the development and adaptation of curricula, while maintaining high educational standards;
  • provide flexibility in the operation of the school and use of resources;
  • are referred to Indigenous Education Consultative Bodies for information; and
  • are sustainable over time, irrespective of change of principal, and renegotiated to suit changing demands.

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