The Waratah Project supports participating schools to develop and implement strategies that will improve the literacy, numeracy and other academic outcomes of their Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, including initiatives to support student wellbeing and strengthen relationships with families and communities.
The Waratah Project builds on the impactful previous pilot project and involves 25 day and boarding schools from across metropolitan and regional areas.
Participating schools use an underpinning framework as a scaffold for community consultation and identification of priorities for their specific context. This Waratah Outcomes Framework provides schools with a holistic approach to developing a culturally safe and inclusive schooling environment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students through the implementation of support structures focusing on the areas of:
- Improved academic and other outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students
- Strengthened and culturally informed relationships between key stakeholders
- Engaged, supportive and culturally competent school leadership and staff
- Whole-of-school integration of Indigenous culture
This project is funded by the Australian Government through the Choice and Affordability Fund.