How to close the gap in Indigenous education: Flexi schools might be the key
Jun 14, 2018
A recent article published by The Conversation explores the potential of flexischools to improve outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. Flexischools are alternative education providers for young people who have been excluded from mainstream education, either formally through expulsion, or for those young people who simply don't fit in the mainstream schooling system. Recent estimates show that 35% of young people attending flexischools in Australia are Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, which is a high representation considering that Indigenous students represented 5.6% of all school students in 2017. Flexischools could present an opportunity for learning - how can we look at translating what is working well within flexi schools to mainstream schools to ensure all Indigenous young people receive an education?