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Aboriginal Cultural Standards Framework: Leading a Culturally Responsive School

About the program

Aboriginal Cultural Standards Framework: Leading a Culturally Responsive School is designed for school principals. This program aims to provide an increased appreciation and understanding of the key messages of the Aboriginal Cultural Standards Framework.                                                                                             

You will have the opportunity to reflect on your approaches and gain practical insights into how to lead implementation of the Framework. 
School leaders have an important role in driving change and supporting all staff to understand and reflect on the Framework and to use the Framework for whole school improvement planning.

Focus 2019: Directions for Schools outlines the following priorities by:

  • increasing the capacity of teachers to use their knowledge of the history, culture and experiences of Aboriginal people, and explicitly use this in classroom practice
  • using the Aboriginal Cultural Standards Framework to make improving outcomes for Aboriginal students the role of the entire school community
  • including implementation of the Aboriginal Cultural Standards Framework as part of school self-assessment and report this to the school community.

Learning intention

By the end of this program, participants will have had the opportunity to:

  • increase their appreciation and understanding of Aboriginal history and the Western Australian educational context, and why this important for all staff
  • gain insights into how to learn more about the local Aboriginal community and why this is important
  • increase their understandings of the key messages of the Framework and what is expected of school leaders
  • gain practical insights into how to lead their school on a journey towards cultural responsiveness with the Aboriginal Cultural Standards Framework.

Target audience


About the facilitator

Paulina Motlop, Director, Aboriginal Teaching and Learning

Professor Motlop is focused on having high expectations for Aboriginal students and the importance of teachers developing cultural competency to help Aboriginal students succeed.

Previous participant testimonials

"There's more to being culturally responsive than thinking you know something about traditional Aboriginal life. Thanks for broadening my understanding and inspiring me to appreciate Aboriginal students' families or community members, and what they each bring to the school context as individuals and groups, so I can better build relationships with them to improve student outcomes."
Maxine Wylie,  Early Childhood Teacher, Campbell Primary School (March 2019)

‚Äč"The day's program was exceptional. In particular, David Price's delivery of the Moral Leadership content was profound."
Kylie Loney, Principal, Greenbushes Primary School (March 2019)

"Outstanding and detailed insight into the history that we should all know and embrace of the traditional custodians of this land. Thank you."
Deb Unwin, Deputy Principal, Swan View Senior High School (March, 2019)

"This professional learning challenges key educational assumptions and supports leaders to explore positive alternatives for leading cultural responsiveness."
    Patsy Konigsberg, Principal Consultant EAL/D (March 2019)

"An informative and very well presented workshop that proivded me with great strategies for future planning as a leader in my school. Thank you."
Taryn Stafford, Deputy Principal, High Wycombe Primary School (March 2019)

"This training has challenged and reinvigorated my 'why'. I intend to engage with my role at an even deeper level, to influence and impact, in order to make a difference for all children, especially the Aboriginal ones."
Lisa Ledger, Principal, Baynton West Primary School (March 2019)

"An excellent presentation that develops synthesis and expands empathy and strategic planning. Thank You."
Sue Martin, Principal, Bullcreek Primary School (March 2019)

"This was an important time to learn but also reflect on where we are as a school and where we need to go. I've learnt so much more about WA's Aboriginal history and its impact on the present."
Marisa Del Pin, Principal, Northam Senior High School (March 2019)

"An extremely thought provoking day which challenged my thinking and has given me a great starting point for the work I need to do in my school."
Vanessa Blythe, Principal, Springfield Primary School (March 2019)

"Great day. Thought provoking. Encourages reflection."
Wendy Gallagher, Principal, East Butler Primary School (March 2019)

Alignment to professional standards

Australian Professional Standard for Principals

  • Developing self and others
  • Leading teaching and learning
  • Leading improvement, innovation and change
  • Leading the management of a school
  • Engaging and working with community.

    One-day program



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    speak at TEDx Perth 2016

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There are no current intakes for this program.




Leadership Institute 
Building B
164-194 Oxford Street, Leederville

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On the day

  • Programs start at 8.30am. (Institute doors open at 8.00am.)
  • Business dress is required.
  • Morning tea and lunch are provided.


The Leadership Institute is located in Building B at 164-194 Oxford Street, Leederville. We co-locate with the School of Isolated and Distance Education (SIDE).


Please note the Institute does not have on-site parking available:

  • The City of Vincent has a number of car parks throughout Leederville.
  • The closest long term paid parking is available on the south side of The Avenue Car Park on Leederville Parade.
  • Short term paid parking (two hour) is available in adjacent streets.
  • The City of Vincent offers a 'pay by phone' parking service.
  • The Institute is a two minute walk from Leederville train station.
  • Taxis service the site promptly.
  • Cycle racks are located outside Building F at the Institute.

Download the Institute map and parking information.

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How to register

  • Register for Aboriginal Cultural Standards Framework: Leading a Culturally Responsive School on PLIS.
  • Complete your details and payment.

Further information

Please contact the Leadership Institute on 1300 610 801 or email



Aboriginal Cultural Standards Framework: Leading a Culturally Responsive School

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