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

Indigenous Education & Boarding Australia has 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.

Providing and promoting easily accessible information online will enable schools to improve their practices. The skills of staff working with Indigenous students and their families can be more effective, supporting increased student retention and an improvement in education outcomes and community engagement.

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 was published in June 2022 and new resources are added regularly.

For further information please review the What Works Project Briefing.

What Works Partners