Uniform: History

About the episode

In ‘History’ we look at an Indigenous primary school which is taking a holistic, community-driven approach to learning. And then we look to the future; at an institution that could transform the way Indigenous knowledge and culture is shared in universities.


Episode 6 of the All Things Equal podcast explores the schooling experience of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and the legacy of colonialism in the Australian education system, the gap in educational outcomes, segregation, racism, discrimination and community.

We go to Jarjum College in Redfern, a tuition-free school for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children aged 4-13 who aren’t succeeding in mainstream schools as a result of their circumstances. We speak to Principal Matt Smith, teachers and staff about the school’s alternative approach and hear from some of the children too.

A podcast that will change the way you think about education

We pride ourselves on an egalitarian society, but how equal are we? All Things Equal is an investigative podcast going to the root of inequality in our society. We’ll take you to meet the people affected most, and those trying to turn things around. Season 2, ‘Uniform’ looks at the great equaliser — education. We discover what happens to kids who fall between the cracks and meet some remarkable people who’ve been there to catch them.

All Things Equal is a 2SER podcast made in collaboration with the Centre of Social Justice and Inclusion at the University of Technology Sydney and is hosted by Verity Firth.

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