Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Education Focus Schools

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education Action Plan is designed to accelerate improvements to the educational outcomes of all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander school students. Experience has shown that improvements in the educational outcomes of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students arise from collaborative action that is responsive to local needs. As a consequence, Ministers have agreed to identify a key group of schools called 'focus schools' under the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education Action Plan. By monitoring and taking action in focus schools, Ministers will be assured that the benefits of national reforms are reaching Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and that resources are used effectively to support the closing the gap targets. 

Ten of the 55 actions contained in the Action Plan have a particular emphasis on focus schools and the communities they support. These actions establish a baseline of good practice which has demonstrated success for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. Many schools, both those identified as focus schools and those that are not, may be implementing some or all of these actions as part of their own strategies to lift the educational outcomes of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. The Action Plan provides the highest level of endorsement to sustain these actions where they are already in place or commence these actions in focus schools where they have not yet commenced.

Focus schools are also examined as part of the evaluation and reporting associated with the Action Plan.

A formal definition that explains the selection of focus schools is contained in the glossary of the Action Plan.  A list of current focus schools is available here.