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When Principals and Indigenous Education Workers (IEWs) work well together, the needs of the school’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students are better met than when the Principal and IEW work separately.

That is what leadership in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education is all about!

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arthur_motif What is an IEW?
Indigenous Education Workers are known
by different titles Australia wide.

NT — Aboriginal and Islander Education Worker
WA — Aboriginal and Islander Education Officer
SA — Aboriginal Education Worker
QLD — Community Education Counsellor
NSW — Aboriginal Education Assistant
ACT — Aboriginal Home School Liaison Officer
VIC — Koori Educator
TAS — Aboriginal Education Worker
Here we use the title IEW to refer to
all of these roles!
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IEWs, when effectively supported and developed are the richest resource your school could have in improving the well-being and education of your school’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.


Principals are crucial in this support and development.


This Toolkit has been developed as a result of a series of workshops held around the country over 2006/2007 and is targeted at improving the working partnership between the School Principal and the IEW.

Leslie Walker IEW Lesley Walker illustrates the contribution that a good IEW can make and the importance of working with the Principal. (1:07) PLAY
Rob Lee Principal Rob Lee tells us how IEW Sharron Lindh contributed to the success of the Aboriginal education programs in their school. (2:03) PLAY
Sharon Lindh How do you view the role of the IEW? Click here to view what IEW Sharron Lindh thinks. (2:09) PLAY
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