What works to support indigenous boarding students

What Works is a freely accessible website that provides guidance to boarding schools and residences on what works best to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in boarding.


Transition to boarding school is a significant period of adjustment for Indigenous students. Preboarding covers the period before students even set foot at boarding school. Preboarding incorporates numerous factors that families and schools can put in place to ensure a positive transition to boarding school.
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In-boarding describes the period of time that a student is attending boarding school. Each moment on a student’s journey in boarding is important and can influence if they keep coming back to school. In-boarding includes the first day a student attends class right up until the day they leave.
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Post-Boarding covers the time a student is making choice beyond school and the period after they have departed boarding school to transition to a post-school pathway. Students can be supported to continue their journey into employment, tertiary study or pursue numerous alternative pathways.
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Scholarships and ABSTUDY payments are two types of funding enabling Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students who otherwise could not afford to attend boarding school to be able to attend. Schools often need to also explore other funding sources to best support their students.
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Indigenous voice and culture

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people's strong connection to family, land, language, and culture is often intrinsic to their health and wellbeing. Acknowledging and supporting the cultural identity of Indigenous boarding students can make a huge difference to their boarding journey.
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Indigenous education

Indigenous Education broadly focuses on the research, initiatives and strategies that have been designed/implemented to improve educational outcomes for Indigenous boarding students.
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Here you will find a mix of resources that may be relevant to supporting Indigenous students or provide information relating to of Indigenous education and boarding but fall outside of the other topics above.
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The directories related to the topics of Indigenous education and boarding include - Book Lists and Reviews – Research – Organisations Directory – and Finding a Boarding Provider. We hope you will find these various directories useful in add to your knowledge of What Works.
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You are invited to search for something specific or browse for inspiration. However, be aware that What Works for one student in one school might not work in a different context. This should not stop any of us trying to strive for what works best to support every student and help all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander student boarders achieve their aspirations.


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what works project

Indigenous Education & Boarding Australia have been contracted by the National Indigenous Australians Agency to create a website under the project title What Works to Support Indigenous Students Guidance for Boarding Providers.

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