Key
Focus
Areas

Crisis

Providing rapid response and building resilience for children and young people impacted by crisis.

OUR GOAL

To provide children affected by crises with rapid support to meet their immediate needs, and long-term support that builds resilience and reduces the impact of crises on their learning and wellbeing.

By 2027, we aim to impact 150,000 children per year.

Children get access to tangible resources that meet their immediate needs to continue their usual school routine, e.g. classroom equipment, new uniforms.

Children’s mental health and wellbeing is supported and shown through their resilience, behavour and engagement during and post event crisis events.

Children’s learning outcomes continue to improve.

THE NEED

As a result of the pandemic and other major crises like flood and fires, every child in Australia has experienced unprecedented disruption to their schooling over the past few years.

For children and young people facing disadvantage:

  • the impact of recent crises has been felt severely, as existing challenges like housing and good insecurity, domestic violence and financial burden have been exacerbated and have compounded issues like social isolation and limited access to resources and technolgy.

Our work to support children impacted by crisis

13,958

children

1,785

teachers

93

school communities


Our unique
model drives
our impact

Schools Plus’ model combines three interdependent components that work together to drive change.

Place-based approach

We take a place-based and community led approach to target the unique needs of children within a specific community. We engage a broad range of stakeholders including teachers, health practitioners and families to be active participants in the development and implementation of interventions, because we know it is the community that knows its children best.

Investment to effect change

We support school communities with critical resources that help them to effect change. This includes funding to help access physical and professional resources as well as coaching to enable the project’s successful implementation and evaluation.

Influencing systems change

Some of our larger-scale projects are now playing a key role in influencing systems change at a sector level with some projects incubated by Schools Plus expanding and scaling into mainstream educational programs.

How we give children more opportunities

We partner with schools to provide rapid response to children in need of immediate support during a crisis as well as providing longer-term wellbeing support for children impacted by trauma and other slower-onset crises.

Some examples of our work include:

  • Funding equipment such as laptops, books and learning packs
  • Equipping teachers with skills to apply trauma informed and restorative practices
  • Access to expert allied health support to help children and the broader community build resilience

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Where we work

Schools Plus works with school communities across all states and territories in Australia. Our work supports children from schools with an ICSEA score (Index of Community Socio-Educational Advantage) of less than 1000. We also partner with special needs schools.

STORIES OF IMPACT

Your support of flood-affected schools and communities

In early 2022, floods devastated communities in NSW and QLD. With your generous support of our Flood Recovery Appeal, we deliver urgent grants to support children in flood-affected communities. Here is how your support is making a difference in some of those schools.

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How your support helps students like Gaige – Our 2022 Impact Report

Gaige’s inspiring story of impact is one of many featured in our newly released Impact Report. Because of your incredibly generous support, Schools Plus has been able to raise over $36 million for students facing disadvantage.

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Speech therapy improves learning outcomes at Avonvale Primary School

Through Schools Plus funding, Avonvale Primary School was able to employ a speech therapist to assist students with their oral language skills. In one-on-one and group settings, students were able to develop their phonological, pragmatic, syntax, morphological and semantics skills.

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