Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education Action Plan 2010-2014 Glossary Definition - Focus Schools

'Focus schools' are those schools with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students with the greatest need and where effort should be focused to make the greatest difference.

The identification of 'focus schools' will be undertaken in a three tier process:
  1. 75 per cent of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander enrolments in each State or Territory – Potential 'focus schools' have been identified as the number of primary schools which cover 75 per cent of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander primary school enrolments in each State or Territory. The 75 per cent cut is based on a ranking of the schools by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander primary school enrolments in descending order and marking the point of a minimum of 75 per cent of enroments. This cut will produce the list of potential focus schools for each State and Territory.
  2. Program - Literacy - The most recent National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) results are held by education providers. This stage involves identifying the 'potential focus schools' with 25 per cent or more of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students below the minimum national standard in any of the reading, writing and numeracy domains. 
  3. Special cases: adding or removing schools on the proposed list – In determining the final list of focus schools, education providers and the Australian Government will reconcile and agree on 'anomalous schools' to be excluded from or included in the list of focus schools.
    In the first instance, primary schools are to be targeted as 'focus schools' so that effort is concentrated in the early years of learning. However, education providers in all jurisdictions and sectors could extend activities at their own discretion to include secondary schools, particularly those that have focus primary schools in their feeder areas and are identified under the Low Socio-economic Status School Communities National Partnership and/or the Literacy and Numeracy National Partnership.