Key
Focus
Areas

Learning Gaps

Helping to address learning gaps and reduce the number of children and young people falling behind.

OUR GOAL

To give children the resources they need to build future-focused skills in literacy, numeracy and STEM, and positive learning behaviours to be lifelong learners.

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

Children show growth in literacy, numeracy and STEM.

Children have access to new technologies, develop digital literacy, and problem solving, collaboration, creativity and critical and design thinking skills.

Teachers have improved capabilities in teaching.

THE NEED

Right now, many children across Australia are falling behind in core learning areas.

Children and young people facing disadvantage are:

  • twice as likely to be unprepared for school. Each year, 22% of 4-5 year olds start school behind.
  • twice as likely to be behind students with advantaged backgrounds at the age of 15 in reading, maths and science.
  • less likely to exhibit the growth mindset, resilience and learning habits that set them up to thrive at school and make a positive contribution to society.

Our work to close learning gaps

34,098

children

4,144

teachers

250

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 targeted and early interventions that help children to develop essential knowledge and skills in core learning areas of literacy, numeracy and STEM.

Integral to this is supporting students to develop traits and behaviours they need to become lifelong learners, as well as providing supportive and inclusive learning environments that allow all students to feel valued and respected.

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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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