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Promising Practices in Supporting Success for Indigenous Students

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Indigenous peoples are diverse, within and across nations. However, Indigenous peoples have experienced colonisation processes that have undermined Indigenous young people’s access to their identity, language and culture. At the same time, Indigenous children have not generally had access to the same quality of education that other children in their country have had access to. These two forces in combination have undermined the educational opportunities and outcomes of successive generations of Indigenous children and young people, at times with catastrophic effect.

The six Canadian provinces and territories that participated in this study, along with New Zealand and Queensland (Australia), are actively seeking to better meet the educational needs and aspirations of Indigenous students and their families.

The report seeks to identify promising strategies, policies, programmes and practices that support improved learning outcomes for Indigenous students and to build an empirical evidence base on Indigenous students in education. The study investigates four areas in Indigenous education: well-being, participation, engagement and achievement in education. These outcomes are inter-connected and mutually reinforcing, and each is essential for the success of every student.

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Supporting educational achievement among Indigenous students

Achievement is a multidimensional concept, which can relate to many aspects of life and vary according to an individual's aspirations. Educational systems can support achievement by providing students with the opportunities to develop the skills to realise their ambitions and participate fully in society. This is crucial for their well-being and for society as a whole. This chapter examines the importance of achievement for students, progress among jurisdictions in monitoring achievement and patterns in achievement. Six key levers have been identified to improve student achievement: high-quality early learning and teaching, leadership, extra support for students, engagement of families, and regular monitoring.

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