The EATSIPS guide supports principals as leaders to develop intercultural capabilities by providing strategies that allow individual and whole-of-school reflection and action across:
- professional and personal accountabilities
- curriculum and pedagogy
- community engagement
- organisational environment.
School and educational leadership
As a school leader you:
- advocate for embedding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives in your school and school community
- intimately know the framework and its underpinning philosophy
- support good practice and facilitate change where necessary across the whole school environment
- articulate a position of quality teaching and high expectations for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.
As school leaders, you will lead and take part in embedding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives in your school's philosophy and practice.
A school reflects the collective values of individuals, school leaders and those of the community in which it is located.
It does this through day-to-day activities, in the ways in which the school communicates its values, or ethos, to you and to the community, for example, through newsletters, the school prospectus or handbook and the uniform.
The dominant values embedded within the schooling system in Australia come from Western cultures; even schools with high proportions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students may find that the school organisational environment reflects Western values more strongly than Indigenous Australian values.
As a part of embedding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives, you will look at the ways in which the school reflects the values of Aboriginal peoples and Torres Strait Islander peoples.