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Strong Foundations provides direction towards strong and positive outcomes for Aboriginal children and their learning journey, in Kununurra over the next five years. Developed over 6 months by Aboriginal leaders and Aboriginal Organisations, this strategy has been informed by what works best for Aboriginal students within research and literature, as well as what local Aboriginal families know from experience.

Key Findings:

  • There is a need to establish regular purposeful forums to encourage collaboration and information sharing between families, support services, and education providers, and to identify and address language barriers to form a common understanding, enabling families to support their child’s learning journey.
  • The strategy's aim is for all students to be supported by their families, and to attend school every possible day resulting in attendance rates at or above national averages.
  • There is a need to provide programs with focus on strengthening attachment between child and parent and families from birth.
  • Explore alternative and innovative methods that incorporate Aboriginal led cultural practices alongside standard education and mainstream student support services, and to encourage personal relationships between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal students of all ages to promote sharing of Aboriginal language, culture, and perspectives.
  • Hold high expectations of every student, both within and outside the educational environments, and build student aspirations and motivation by: offering educational incentive programs that reward positive outcomes; encouraging local role models to contribute to program delivery.

Measured indicators
• Attendance rates
• Early vulnerability indicators
• NAPLAN results
• Post school pathways
• Community and cultural indicators
• Inclusion of culture and language
• Community surveys
• Engagement rates and frequency of participation across pillars

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