Reconciliation in Education in NSW

What we do for educators

Reconciliation NSW has developed a new program to highlight the importance of Reconciliation in Education. We offer online workshops, access to lesson plans and activities and a downloadable reconciliation in education kit for educators to begin to access tools and resources.

Join or request an online professional development workshop for educators

We provide workshops to educators across NSW.  If your school, ELS or AECG team would like to join our next scheduled workshop, or if you would like Reconciliation NSW to run a professional development session or student based workshop online for your school, AECG or regional education working group, please contact us

Where does reconciliation fit in the Australian Curriculum?

Reconciliation is a critical and ongoing process with education the key to positive change.

The Australian Curriculum sets expectations for what all Australian students should be taught, regardless of where they live in Australia or their background. Included in the Australian Curriculum are three cross-curriculum priorities, one of which is Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures.

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures priority provides the opportunity for all young Australians to gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures, knowledge traditions and holistic world views. This knowledge will enrich all learners’ ability to participate positively in Australia’s journey towards reconciliation through a deepening understanding and connection with the world’s oldest continuous living cultures.

What is Reconciliation in Education?

It is important to recognise the relationship and yet distinctions between ‘Aboriginal education’ and ‘reconciliation in education.’ That is, as well as focusing on strategies/pedagogies for supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students’ learning, strong approaches to reconciliation in education simultaneously focus on teaching all students and staff about the importance of reconciliation, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories, cultures and contributions.

Focus Areas 1.4 and 2.4 of the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers identify what teachers need to know and be able to do in order to teach Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and to teach all students about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages, history and culture.

Focus Area 1.4: Strategies for teaching Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander students Focus Area 2.4: Understand and respect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to promote reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians These focus areas presents a great opportunity for Australian teachers to engage in this important part of our shared national identity, however many teachers are unsure of how to meaningfully address them.

Our program provides NSW schools with a mechanism and resource to increase the capacity and confidence of teachers to embed Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives in the classroom and implement reconciliation initiatives at the local level.

Download our Reconciliation in Education Kit 

Reconciliation NSW invites your school or early learning service to progress reconciliation by engaging with our Reconciliation in Education Kit.

    1. Welcome
    2. What is the Schools Reconciliation Challenge?
    3.  2022 From River to Sea: Our Island Home theme activity
    4. Reconciliation in Education reading and resource list
    5. Post card from the Future Classroom activity
    6. Introduction to Reconciliation Action Plans (RAPs) for schools and early learning services
    7. Narragunnawali Guide to Respectful and Inclusive Terminology
    8. Aboriginal Nations and Languages Map in NSW & ACT
    9. Welcome to Country and Acknowledgement of Country guide
    10. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander significant dates classroom poster
    11. The Five Dimensions of Reconciliation checklist poster


We partner with the Narragunnawali program to showcase national reconciliation in education tools

Reconciliation Australia’s  Narragunnawali program supports all schools and early learning services in Australia to foster a high level of knowledge and pride in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories, cultures and contributions.  The Narragunnawali online platform is free to access and provides practical ways to introduce meaningful reconciliation initiatives in the classroom, around the school and with the community. Through the Narragunnawali platform, schools and early learning services can develop a Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP), and teachers and educators can access professional leaning and curriculum resources to support the implementation of reconciliation initiatives.


Tools to support reconciliation in your classroom:

Narragunnawali subject guides to support your classroom teaching with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledge, understandings and achievements.

Activities and classroom resources around a huge range of topics at the Narragunnawali website.

Get started on creating a Reconciliation Action Plan in your school or service.

We run the annual Schools Reconciliation Challenge Program

The Schools Reconciliation Challenge is an annual writing and art competition for young people across NSW and the ACT. The challenge meets the objectives of the K-6 and 7-10 syllabus.
Every year, we ask students to create artworks and stories inspired by a theme, and to reflect on what reconciliation means to them.
The pieces are submitted, culminating in exhibitions and regional tour.
Art and writing based classroom activities and resources are located on the Schools Reconciliation Challenge website.

Read our Reconciliation in Education newsletters

Reconciliation in Education October News – SRC finalists announced, online award ceremony, vote in the Peoples Choice Awards.

Schools Reconciliation Challenge Update
Deadline extended – New date for submissions is 14 September!

It’s Time. Educators let your voices be heard, support a First Nations Voice in the Constitution

Lockdown Links – For the Classroom and at Home

Have your say on the Australian Curriculum Review

Welcome to Reconciliation Week 2021: We make taking action easy…

Reconciliation in Education – NRW News May 2021 Your Reconciliation Week Newsletter. Plan to take action in your classroom!

Reconciliation in Education April – 2021  Happy Easter and Easy lessons and prep for term 2

Reconciliation in Education February – 2021   New Years Reconciliation – Being Brave and The Schools Reconciliation Challenge theme announced…

Reconciliation in Education November 2020    News about the finalists in the Schools Reconciliation Challenge, New resources from the ABC, Books and readings, articles and more.

Reconciliation in Education August 2020 – Free online workshops from the Powerhouse Museum, Melbourne Writers Festival and how to build inclusive education.

Reconciliation in Education April 2020 – Showcasing online resources for teachers, parents and students

On Tuesday, June 23, 2020 Reconciliation NSW and Uncle Jimmy Smith presented this webinar co-hosted by Reconciliation Australia’s Narragunnawali Team.

“This webinar is such a wonderful experience
to be a part of. Thank you!”       Webinar participant, Early Learning Teacher

“Thank you so much. I feel so supported
having access to these resources.” Webinar participant, Primary School Teacher.

Find out more about the presenters and content of our first collaborative webinar with Reconciliation Australia’s Narragunnawali program, which includes professional development, cultural competence, understanding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives in the classroom, reconciliation themes and how to activate your school to engage with Reconciliation Action Plans.

Cultural competency: Reconciliation in action

Alanna Raymond is a proud Aboriginal Australian woman, primary teacher and member of Reconciliation Australia’s Narragunnawali team. In this  recent NSW Department of Education SCAN article, Alanna explains cultural competency in the context of education, and suggests practical ways teachers and schools can build cultural competence.

Constitutional Change for the Classroom

A webinar hosted by Reconciliation NSW, the Uluru Dialogue and the Indigenous Law Centre UNSW on the Uluru Statement from the Heart and the progress on a First Nations Voice to Parliament protected by the Constitution. This webinar was hosted for educators and on what they need to know and how they can help with the Uluru Statement from the Heart and First Nations Voice to Parliament.

Enjoy these activities for kids

Our friends at Reconciliation SA have created these easy activity sheets for early learning and primary age students for NRW

Our partners at Lendlease have shared these drawings for kids to colour by Kaanju artist Emma Hollingsworth.

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