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Partnership Assessment Report

motifThis Toolkit has been designed to assist Principals and IEWs further develop their working partnership in order to better meet the needs of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in their school.

Partnership Assessment Report
As a first step we suggest that you look at the easy-to-do Partnership Assessment shown below. This is an online assessment the Principal and IEW do together. The personalised reports identify both your strengths and the areas you may wish to develop further. All information is confidential and accessible only by you. For more details of how to complete the Partnership Assessment, click here.

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Otherwise you can print it off and work through it with your Principal.

Partnership Activities
Designed in close collaboration with Principals and IEWs the site offers useful and practical Activities. Click here to download the activities.

Videos
Watch the short videos about ‘what works’ for some IEWs and Principals.

Below is a SAMPLE of the Partnership Assessment Report.
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A. Trust

Reliance on the integrity, strength, ability, surety, etc., of a person or thing; confidence.
Trust
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How is this demonstrated? Answers Action required
 Always SometimesSeldom 
A. 1. We appreciate what each of us can offer to bring a better outcome for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. i.e. The principal provides guidance and expert management and the IEW brings cultural insight and linkages to the community. XView Partnership Activities
A. 2. Information necessary to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Students and the community is shared regularly. For example, both of us know the student attendance rate. XView Partnership Activities
A. 3. We feel comfortable discussing difficult and challenging issues. For example, we openly discuss things that are not working. XView Partnership Activities



B. Respect

A feeling of admiration for someone because of their qualities or achievements;
due regard for the feelings or rights of others
Respect
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How is this demonstrated? Answers Action required
 Always SometimesSeldom 
B. 1. The Principal includes the IEWs when conducting induction of new staff, students and parents to schools. XX
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B. 2. The Principal and the IEW are involved cooperatively in the planning of activities that involve Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and their communities. XX
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B. 3. Time and independence is given to each other to “do their job”. XX
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B. 4. We accept that there may be gaps in our capabilities/skills in doing our jobs and it is okay to admit this. XX
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B. 5. The Principal uses his/her interactions with the IEW to build his/her own cultural understandings. XX
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B. 6. In situations when the views of the school are in contrary to those of the community, any decisions made as a result of such differences are explained to the community jointly by the principal and the IEW. XX
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C. Shared Vision

Vision: the ability to think about the future with imagination or wisdom, a mental image of what the future will or could be like
Shared Vision
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How is this demonstrated? Answers Action required
 Always SometimesSeldom 
C. 1. We have shared goals for the education of our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. XX
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C. 2. The achievement of agreed outcomes is reviewed and celebrated regularly. XX
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C. 3. When we are asked separately, similar success stories will be told. XX
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C. 4. When we are asked separately, similar challenges in our school will be shared. XX
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C. 5. We understand the challenges related to achieving outcomes and share each other’s vision on how to overcome these challenges. XX
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C. 6. We have a shared vision about how Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and perspectives are woven into our school’s curriculum and environment. XX
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D. Effective Communications

Effective: adequate to accomplish a purpose; producing the intended or expected result
Communication: the imparting or interchange of thoughts, opinions, or information by speech, writing, or signs.
Effective Communications
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How is this demonstrated? Answers Action required
 Always SometimesSeldom 
D. 1. We meet regularly in structured and unstructured ways. XView Partnership Activities
D. 2. We feel that we are listened to by each other. XX
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D. 3. We can predict each other’s reactions and responses to some situations and hence prepare for our discussions accordingly. XX
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D. 4. We understand the impact our communication has on us doing our jobs effectively. XX
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D. 5. We have discussed the importance of including information on the successes and achievements of our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, and other necessary info in our mainstream and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander specific school publications. XX
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D. 6. We recognise the importance of giving the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander school community their own time and space to celebrate achievements and success. XX
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D. 7. Others in the school community see us actively communicating and working together. XX
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E. Knowledge Sharing

Knowledge Sharing
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How is this demonstrated? Answers Action required
 Always SometimesSeldom 
E. 1. Statistics and data relevant to understanding and monitoring Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander student performance are shared regularly. XX
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E. 2. Stories, knowledge, and contextual information relevant to understanding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and community are shared regularly. XView Partnership Activities
E. 3. We have discussed the implications of State and Federal funding arrangements for our school. XX
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F. Flexibility/Adaptability

“Adaptability is not imitation. It means power of resistance and assimilation”
Mahatma Gandhi
Flexibility/Adaptability
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How is this demonstrated? Answers Action required
 Always SometimesSeldom 
F. 1. The Principal reflects on his/her initial response to a situation and is prepared to consider the advice of the IEW on important decisions regarding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education. XX
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F. 2. We acknowledge that there may be occasions when one of us will need to make decisions independently and the reasons for such decisions are respected and discussed. XX
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F. 3. We discuss school policies and procedures and agree which apply to all students and those that can be flexible/adapted to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Students and make them known amongst school staff. XX
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G. Defined Roles and Responsibilities and Shared Leadership

Working or acting together for a common purpose or benefit; joint action.
Defined Roles and Responsibilities and Shared Leadership
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How is this demonstrated? Answers Action required
 Always SometimesSeldom 
G. 1. We openly acknowledge each other’s contribution to the broader school community. XX
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G. 2. We discuss what knowledge, understandings and connections that the IEW uniquely brings into the school community. XX
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G. 3. We attend Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Events and interact with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community together. XX
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G. 4. The Principal and the IEW stand together when making significant announcements regarding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education in school and in staff meetings. XX
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G. 5. We have discussed our individual responsibilities regarding the schools Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander programmes. XX
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G. 6. The IEW’s role may vary from school to school based on local needs and circumstances. We have discussed how this affects the role of the IEW in our school and developed a job description for the IEW accordingly. This has been communicated to all school staff. XX
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H. Mutual Support and Development

Mutual Support and Development
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How is this demonstrated? Answers Action required
 Always SometimesSeldom 
H. 1. We have discussed our Professional Development needs as they relate to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education in our school XView Partnership Activities
H. 2. We have consulted each other and the classroom teachers about the skills IEWs need frequently in class and have developed formal and informal strategies to develop these skills. XX
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H. 3. We actively support each other wherever possible in the development of useful knowledge and skills as they relate to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education XX
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I. Cultural Appreciation

Cultural Appreciation
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How is this demonstrated? Answers Action required
 Always SometimesSeldom 
I. 1. The Principal looks for, and encourages staff to look for, occasions to openly acknowledge Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture as an important element in learning and development of all students. XX
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I. 2. The Principal recognises the skills and capabilities of the IEW that are formed through their experience (of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture). XView Partnership Activities
I. 3. The Principal and IEW recognise the special link that an IEW can form with the students and community through their shared history and experiences. XX
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J. Community Involvement

Community Involvement
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How is this demonstrated? Answers Action required
 Always SometimesSeldom 
J. 1. We have discussed the knowledge and qualities of our local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community and how they can contribute to our school. XX
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J. 2. The Principal is receptive to the views of the community and is seen to listen and take action where possible. XX
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J. 3. We make regular arrangements for our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community to visit the school together. XX
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J. 4. The Principal greets visiting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander parents and community members along side the IEW as frequently as possible XView Partnership Activities
J. 5. We have shared our views on how to make the school a welcoming place for our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community. XView Partnership Activities
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