Julia Gillard to lay out national plan of action for indigenous students
A national action plan tackling indigenous education will be considered by federal and state governments today that will set out areas schools must tackle to improve the results of their indigenous students. At the meeting of education ministers in Brisbane, Deputy Prime Minister and Education Minister Julia Gillard will propose the Indigenous Education Action Plan to drive improvement in schools. Ms Gillard will announce the action plan in an address to the inaugural Stronger Smarter Summit on successful strategies for indigenous education. It follows a call reported in The Australian in May for an action plan from a working group of indigenous leaders, led by Australian of the Year Mick Dodson, which was instigated by the Australian Education Union to develop a 25-year plan with specific goals reviewed annually. Ms Gillard says the action plan she is proposing to education ministers will require schools with students falling behind to develop strategies to address their attendance rates.