Tier 2: Early Intervention and cohort specific support
KESOs are part of an area-based team of professionals who understand Aboriginal culture and history of the community. KESOs support schools with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander learners to participate fully in education by providing advice and building capability within schools. Together with their student support colleagues, KESOs may guide schools about culturally inclusive learning environments, identify services to support student engagement and improved outcomes, and support schools to build relationships with Koorie students and families. KESOs are not qualified mental health practitioners or allied health professionals, however, as part of a multi-disciplinary team, are able to guide schools towards the most appropriate resources to support Koorie students.
Factors to consider: School communities must have Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander learners
Strength of Evidence
• Create culturally inclusive learning environments
• Facilitate and support access to assist in improving wellbeing and mental health outcomes for Koorie students and families