ENGAGING FAMILIES IN STUDENT LEARNING


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The primary purpose of Fair Education is to develop the capacity of school leaders to better engage families and communities in their children’s education. 

The 3-year program comprises coaching for school leadership teams, funding for school-specific projects, ongoing project management and evaluation. Each school designs their project to best suit their unique circumstances. 

Since launching in NSW in 2016 with the support of the Vincent Fairfax Family Foundation, Fair Education has expanded to delivering results across 167 schools in three states: NSW, Queensland and Victoria, with 40,000+ students benefitting from the program. 

As the Fair Education family of schools grows, so does our ability to create a community of practice, where schools can share their learnings and network with each other.

If you are a school interested in applying to our next Fair Education program grant round, please read the guidelines for further information.


Family and community engagement

Since 2015, the partnership between Schools Plus and the Vincent Fairfax Family Foundation (VFFF) has supported 34 projects, involving 104 primary and secondary schools across NSW in low socio-economic regions. 

In 2018, with funding support from the Tim Fairfax Family Foundation and The Bryan Foundation, the Fair Education Program expanded to 34 schools in Queensland. 

In Victoria, Fair Education commenced in four schools in 2019 with the support of RE Ross Trust. In 2020, in partnership with the Ian Potter Foundation and the Foundation of Graduates in Early Childhood Studies a further five schools have joined the community of practice.


WHAT FAIR EDUCATION OFFERS YOUR SCHOOL

For projects focused on leading family and community engagement to improve student learning outcomes. Over three years, individual schools will be eligible for up to $70,000 while clusters will be eligible for up to $250,000.

Since launching in 2016, we have supported a diverse range of projects across metro, regional and rural schools including: ​

  • transition-to-school programs for pre-kindy and/or Year 6 students;
  • transforming teaching practice
  • introducing technology-based solutions to establish and strengthen engagement with parents and the wider community

Our coaching focuses on building the leadership’s teams’ capacity to successfully plan and deliver long-term, strategic projects that aim to improve family and community engagement in student learning. 

All fair Education schools are supported with ongoing Program management for the duration of the project. This helps ensure that the programs stay on track and are constantly reviewed to ensure that the outcomes are as impactful as possible.

Working with coaches and project management teams, school leaders use data and feedback to evaluate the success of their project to ensure it stays on track.

ELIGIBILITY

To be eligible to apply, schools must meet the following criteria: 

  • Be located in NSW/Victoria/Queensland where Fair Education programs currently operate
  • Have an ICSEA value below 1000 (2019 data). Check your school’s ICSEA value, here.
  • For school clusters, all schools must have an ICSEA value below 1000.

FAIR EDUCATION: IN FOCUS REPORT

Want to know more about the Fair Education program? Our In-Focus report details the first five years of the Fair Education program; its evolution, goals and successes.

DOWNLOAD THE GUIDELINES

If you are a school interested in applying to our next Fair Education program grant round, please read the guidelines for further information.

KNOWLEDGE SHARING RESOURCES

As the Fair Education family of schools grows, so does our ability to create a community of practice, where schools can share learnings and resources with each other.