Embed Cross-curriculum Priority - School Specific

154 schools and early learning services have added this Action to their RAP.

Staff from across the school should be supported to understand and embed the Australian Curriculum cross-curriculum priority Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures in the curriculum. The cross-curriculum priority should be considered in the development of units, lesson plans and resources in all learning areas and across all year levels.

The Australian Curriculum sets expectations for what all Australian students should be taught, regardless of where they live in Australia or their background. Included in the Australian Curriculum are three cross-curriculum priorities, one of which is Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures priority provides the opportunity for all young Australians to gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures, knowledge traditions and holistic world views. This knowledge will enrich all learners’ ability to participate positively in Australia’s journey towards reconciliation through a deepening understanding and connection with the world’s oldest continuous living cultures.

For many teachers, this may be the first time they have been required to teach this content. It is therefore important that staff in all learning areas and across all year groups are supported to better understand and embed Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures, and are given strategies to include the cross-curriculum priority in the development of units, lesson plans and resources.

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