About the presentation
Strengthening education governance and leadership in remote and very remote schools has been identified as a key foundation for improving Indigenous education journeys for children and youth in the Northern Territory (NT). In May 2016, a joint school council gathering was held in Yirrkala over a three day period. It was facilitated through the Whole of Community Engagement initiative within the Office of Pro Vice Chancellor – Indigenous Leadership at Charles Darwin University (CDU) in collaboration with the Yambirrpa Schools Council. The joint school council gathering involved the engagement of 17 Indigenous school council representatives from seven school councils, across six remote sites in the Northern Territory. It also involved key representatives from the Department of Education and CDU. The planning and delivery of a joint school council gathering provided a safe environment for school council representatives to share stories and acknowledge the challenges and successes of school councils across the NT. A key output from the gathering was the identification of key focus areas that need further investment and support. These were documented in a collective school council statement on remote Indigenous education. This presentation will describe the process and outcomes of the school gathering, and outline the key focus areas identified for further action.