Bushfires, drought and COVID-19 have had a significant impact on students. Schools have requested funding to introduce mental health programs, trauma-informed teaching practices, outdoor learning and community spaces and community liaison officers to support students and families.
The single biggest factor that helps children succeed in the classroom, is a great teacher. Teachers want to improve their effectiveness in the classroom through professional development in areas such as explicit teaching instruction, mental health and wellbeing, data analysis, differentiated learning approaches and using digital technologies.
Disengaged students are more likely to drop out of school altogether and be involved in behavioural incidents. Some of our work has included project-based learning, projects to improve understanding of culturally and linguistically diverse cultures and initiatives that enhance employability.
Literacy and numeracy are the fundamental building blocks of a child’s education and key to a thriving society. Projects to address this include professional development for teachers, workshops for parents and evidence-based programs to improve the literacy and numeracy skills of students from Kindergarten through to high school.
An estimated 75% of jobs in the fastest-growing industries require workers with STEM skills, but the numbers of Australian students studying science and maths in high school are dropping. This is further exacerbated by an inequality in access to technology-based learning for students in low SES and remote areas.
To ensure that First Nations Australian students have the best chance to succeed, schools must embrace and celebrate their students’ cultures. Projects that successfully champion student culture often lead to increased engagement from students, their families and the community.
Families and communities are the first and continuing educators of their children, with some saying they are the greatest factor in helping children succeed at school. Through strengthening the relationship between school, families and community, values and attitudes towards education improve.