Teacher guide Raising the Bar Closing the Gap maana

TLF ID S7088

This teacher resource is about the maana (moving forward) program that supports Aboriginal students through a whole-school approach to literacy and/or numeracy and cultural inclusion. The program is an extension of the Raising the Bar reform and is implemented in five regional and rural schools in Tasmania. The resource describes how maana schools have high expectations of Aboriginal students, value Aboriginal cultures, apply inclusive pedagogies and practices and set up successful community engagements. The resource discusses the outcomes achieved, identifies the program's research base and provides references and links to relevant readings.

Educational details

Educational value
  • This resource is of value in supporting the literacy and numeracy components of the English and mathematics curriculum areas and their application in the context of student diversity. It describes Aboriginal students' improved attendance at maana schools and their improvements in persuasive writing and in reading. The resource also discusses the lessons learned from the program at the school and jurisdictional levels as well as the next steps for the schools involved and for the Tasmanian Department of Education.
  • The resource exemplifies the application of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures cross-curriculum priority, not only in the English and mathematics curriculums, but within a whole-school approach. The maana program is connected particularly well to the priority's central theme of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander identity and to its organising idea that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People's ways of life are uniquely expressed through ways of being, knowing, thinking and doing.
Year level

1; 2; 3; 4; 5; 6; 7; 8

Learning area
  • English
  • Mathematics

Other details

  • Contributor
  • Name: Education Services Australia
  • Organization: Education Services Australia
  • Description: Data manager
  • Copyright Holder
  • Name: Commonwealth of Australia
  • Organization: Commonwealth of Australia
  • Address: AUSTRALIA
  • URL: http://www.australia.gov.au
  • Publisher
  • Name: Education Services Australia Ltd
  • Organization: Education Services Australia Ltd
  • Description: Publisher
  • Address: AUSTRALIA
  • URL: http://www.esa.edu.au
  • Resource metadata contributed by
  • Name: Education Services Australia Ltd
  • Organisation: Education Services Australia Ltd
  • Address: AUSTRALIA
  • URL: www.esa.edu.au
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Learning Resource Type
  • Online
  • Text
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