One of the NSW Premier's Priorities is to increase the proportion of Aboriginal students attaining year 12 by 50% by 2023 while maintaining their cultural identity. There is a clear link between HSC attainment and positive future employment and higher educational outcomes.
Working towards Aboriginal students attaining their final school qualifications at the same rate as non-Aboriginal students is an important step towards achieving Closing the Gap commitments and improving outcomes for Aboriginal students and their communities.
Speaking in Colour is working with the NSW Department of Education, to engage and support students, parents, carers and teachers to provide the best possible experience of school and learning.
In 2020, we started delivering the Deadly Teachers, Solid Jarjums program for the Department of Education. Deadly Teachers, Solid Jarjums has been developed to assist the sector in providing quality, culturally inclusive early childhood education environments that support and expand on the strengths of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children.
We deliver this program in the Hunter and Central Coast and New England regions. Additionally, the program operates online with our e-learning platform with localised content linked to the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF).
By participating in this program, services will be enabled to:
- Support the educational outcomes of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and improve their learning environments
- Increase the capacity of early childhood educators to provide best practice approaches in working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children
- Receive support in building positive relationships with their local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.