Koorie Engagement Support Officers Victoria as the Education State – delivering excellence in outcomes and services for every child and every learner.
The Education State is about giving every Victorian the opportunity to succeed in life, regardless of background, place or circumstance.
Marrung Aboriginal Education Plan 2016 - 2026 is a 10-year plan and underpins the delivery of the Education State to Koorie learners by ensuring opportunities exist to secure the full benefits of Education State reforms for Koorie Victorians. It requires all services to embed Koorie aspirations and outcomes as core business, including early childhood services, schools and training providers.
The role of the KESOs is to help build the capacity of Victorian schools and early learning services to provide culturally welcoming and safe learning environments where Koorie students can participate fully, achieve their best, and graduate to post-secondary education and training pathways. KESOs bring skills and knowledge in culture and community, and specialist understanding of the specific barriers to education that can face Koorie students.
Previously KESOs worked within a 20-week placement in schools and supported the facilitation and engagement between school, families, students, key stakeholders and organisations, building and or strengthening the relationships between them. In 2018, the KESOs began working more closely with Senior Education Improvement Leaders (SEILs) to implement and deliver the Regional Marrung Implementation Plan. This includes delivery of Cultural Understanding and Safety Training to all schools. The KESOs will also be available to guide and support schools to develop Individual Education Plans (IEP) for all Koorie Students. Other priority areas for the KESOs include:
Cultural audits of all schools and early learning centres within their networks
Supporting services and families to access 3 and 4 year old kinder programs and promoting all DET Early years initiatives
Support supported playgroups
Engage with Maternal Child Health coordinators
Attend student support group meetings for Koorie Out of Home Care students as per LOOKOUT Centres processes
Promote opportunities for families to engage in relevant committees, councils and groups.
For all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families seeking to access the support and expertise of the KESO please contact directly via mobile phone details below; Ralph Bamblett| Koorie Engagement Support Officer | North-Western Victoria Region Department of Education and Training Level 2, 1 Flintoff Street Greensborough 3088