Australian Professional Standards for Teachers

Yarn meeting

About this Illustration of Practice

Tammy Anderson, DP, Aboriginal Education and Peta Grae, AP meet with the Aboriginal Community Liaison Officer and Indigenous parents in a Yarn Meeting to discuss upcoming events and supports for the  Indigenous parent community and their children. Discussion includes planning for a parent excursion to a site of cultural significance, a computer course for parents and the establishment of a homework centre.

Standard 7
Engage professionally with colleagues, parents/carers and the community
Focus area 7.4
Engage with professional teaching networks and broader communities
Career stage
Highly Accomplished
Contribute to professional networks and associations and build productive links with the wider community to improve teaching and learning.
Other descriptors
Standard 3
Plan for and implement effective teaching and learning
Focus area 3.7
Engage parents/ carers in the educative process
Career stage
Highly Accomplished
Work with colleagues to provide appropriate and contextually relevant opportunities for parents/carers to be involved in their children’s learning.
  1. How is your school working to meet the differing needs of your parent community?
  2. How does your school seek to involve parents/carers as partners in their children’s education?
  3. In what ways does your school seek to be part of your community?
John Warby Public School
New South Wales
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The school is a co-educational primary school in a low socio-economic community in the outer south western suburbs of Sydney. All students live in social housing. Many students come from single parent families and unemployment is high. Approximately 26% of children are Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander and 17% are Pacific Islander. Other cultural groups are also represented. John Warby Public School provides many supports for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community including a cultural room for their use, strong links with Housing and Health, the local TAFE, an Indigenous student mentoring program and an  Indigenous  choir, dance and music group.

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