New DECD Policy
Curriculum, Pedagogy, Assessment and Reporting Policy
for Reception–Year 10
This policy is available at
Is it important?
NHS doesn’t have many Indigenous students but
– Indigenous students often suffer from low self-esteem
– We have a social responsibility and a moral obligation
to help promote awareness of Indigenous
perspectives in an inclusive and sensitive manner
“As a nation Australia values the central role of education in building a
democratic, equitable and just society— a society that is prosperous, cohesive
and culturally diverse, and that values Australia’s Indigenous cultures as a key
part of the nation’s history, present and future.”
“93% of the references to the Aboriginal and
Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures
perspective are in the History curriculum”
Professor Peter Buckskin, Dean: Indigenous Scholarship,
Engagement, and Research, University of South Australia
Is this a problem?
•Is the focus too narrow? What aspects of
Indigenous Culture have been ignored?
•Is this marginalisation? Do we really have a crosscurricula priority here?
Yr3, Yr 10
Yr6, Yr9, Yr10
Deaths in Custody
Some other links
Embedding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Perspectives in
Framework for Embedding Koorie Cultures, Histories and
Perspectives in Victorian Schools
Some questions for you to ponder.
– How can we treat Aboriginal and Torres Strait
Islander perspectives with integrity?
– How should we teach students about
diversity? (try Googling ‘Culturally Responsive
– Is the ATSI content in your Learning Area
deep and engaging or just tokenistic? Can
you fix that?
And now, over to Penny for the next CCP …
Asia and Australia's Engagement with Asia
What kind of Asian are you?