What Works is a project that will provide online access to knowledge of ‘what works’ and provide guidance to schools and boarding residences to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in boarding.

Indigenous Education & Boarding Australia have been contracted by the National indigenous Australians Agency to create a website under the project title What Works to Support Indigenous Students Guidance for Boarding Providers. By providing and promoting easily accessible information online it will be possible for school to improve practices and the skills of staff working with Indigenous students, that family and community engagement can become more effective and as a result student retention should increase and education outcomes improve.

The Project Logic
If we do this:

A repository of knowledge and resources will be created in relation to ‘what works’ to effectively support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students who study away from home. This will be accessible and promoted to schools, boarding providers, and allied organisations.

Then we will:
Enable organisations to increase the knowledge and skills of their leadership and staff to implement improved practices and procedures that will increase student engagement, retention rates. This will directly contribute to the improved educational outcomes of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and closing the education gap.

What Works is supported by a Project Reference Group including representatives from Indigenous parents and key stakeholders. Members include:
• Remote Indigenous Parents Australia
• Independent Schools Council of Australia
• National Catholic Education Commission
• Christian Schools Australia
• State and territory Education Departments
• National Indigenous Australians Agency
• Department for Education, Skills and Employment

The web portal will be published in June 2022.

For further information please review the What Works Project Briefing.

What Works Partners