Schools will have demonstrated successful implementation of initiatives that embrace diversity by creating welcoming, inclusive and accessible educational settings through one or more of the following areas:
- implemented effective pedagogical practices and systematic curriculum delivery to engage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students as active learners
- demonstrated positive outcomes and measurable improvement for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students
- demonstrated a whole school approach to nurturing and maximising Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students’ social, emotional and/or physical wellbeing
- created safe, supportive and inclusive environments that enhance engagement through improved transitions and/or improved retention
- built cultural capability of staff, students and the school community and promoting learning through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures (Australian Curriculum cross-curriculum priority)
- identified and supported high-potential and high-performing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to ensure ongoing high achievement and heightened aspirations for tertiary pathway
- valued student, parent/carer, community and stakeholder voice in their approach to teaching and learning.
Bevan Brennan dedicated 4 decades to the advancement of education in Queensland, from classrooms where he taught and schools where he led as a principal to regional offices and central office as Assistant Director-General. Bevan led an extensive portfolio focused on supporting student wellbeing and protection, disengaged youth and parent and community engagement. He had deep empathy for those in greatest need, especially students, and unwavering willingness to support and expand opportunities for all students to reach their potential. His commitment to a culture of achievement and high expectations in all state schools is a wonderful part of his legacy.