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

Supporting Crisis Affected Schools in 2020

In 2020, schools faced challenges on a scale never seen before. Bushfires, floods, drought and COVID-19 combined to create unprecedented levels of trauma, anxiety and relentless, rapid change for students, teachers, families and school communities. Schools Plus responded by launching our first Crisis Appeal and we were overwhelmed by the generosity of our donors.

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Read our latest Impact Report

We are proud to release our 2020 Impact Report, detailing our impact on schools faced with disadvantage since 2015. Thanks to the generosity of our donors, as of June 2020, Schools Plus has been able to direct over $17 million to vulnerable children across Australia.

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Supporting Student Mental Health and Wellbeing

It is estimated that poor mental health accounts for 10% – 25% of the education gap between advantaged and disadvantaged children. After a year like no other, we know students are struggling to maintain good mental health and wellbeing. That’s why, in this period, we’re turning our focus to student mental health and wellbeing.

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