Community Partnership

Initiative Description:Over a three-year period, authors investigated the school attendance of Indigenous and non-Indigenous students at CPS, located in urban Victoria. CPS employs an Indigenous staff member – Koorie Education Worker (KEW), to support Indigenous students in all seven grades. Indigenous parents began to preferentially send their students to the school because the KEW was there.

Study Results: Their Indigenous students’ attendance surpasses the attendance of most Indigenous students and almost matches that of their non-Indigenous school peers. Success has been achieved through community partnerships, supported by a Koorie Education Worker, and embedded Indigenous culture.

Reference: Baxter, L. P., & Meyers, N. M. (2016). Increasing urban Indigenous students’ attendance: Mitigating the influence of poverty through community partnership. Australian Journal Of Education (Sage Publications Ltd.), 60(3), 211-228. doi:10.1177/0004944116664438

Level of Evidence: 1 out of 5 stars Fair