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Supporting Aboriginal Students being Schooled Away from Home

Fri, 1 Aug 2008

This paper has drawn upon the knowledge of a variety of practitioners and parents experienced in supporting Aboriginal students who are being schooled away from home, in particular in boarding school. The paper aims to provide advice to schools enrolling boarding students. However, the issues raised in the paper are equally relevant to schools enrolling Aboriginal students who are being schooled away from home but not enrolled in a boarding school. While it is recognised that it may be more challenging for schools enrolling day students that live away from home to address the issues outlined, the need is no less.

The project group recognises this paper may not be exhaustive in addressing all the possible issues that may influence success of an Aboriginal student’s education when offered the opportunity to attend school away from home. The CEC also recognises that further work is required in developing relationships with sporting organisations and schools to raise their awareness and understanding of the needs of Aboriginal students living away from their home communities. In particular, the welfare issues of these students and the impact these issues have on their potential to succeed.

Supporting Aboriginal Students being Schooled Away from Home