Improving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander student outcomes and Closing the Performance Gap is a major focus for state schools. High levels of cultural capability of staff in schools builds an environment which creates a holistic response to Indigenous student and family needs, supporting health, wellbeing and academic outcomes. The Building Cultural Capability in State Schools initiative is part of the department's commitment to providing inclusive schools for safe and supportive environments in which all students, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, can experience academic success and positive learning experiences.
Cultural capability improvement begins with educators' analysis and discussion of Closing the Performance Gap data. Culturally responsive schools commit to knowing and valuing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and create opportunities to engage with parents, families and the community to embed a defensible explicit improvement agenda for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander student outcomes.