We are delighted to welcome NSW Minister for Education, Adrian Piccoli, to help us launch our Fair Education program today.
Fair Education is a revolutionary program that aims to improve the outcomes for some of the state’s most marginalised students. It will provide significant funding and other support for more than 100 schools in some of the state’s most disadvantaged communities over the next five years.
The program is being delivered by Schools Plus with $5 million in financial support from the Vincent Fairfax Family Foundation (VFFF), a respected charitable trust strongly committed to increasing education equity.
It was developed by the VFFF Board and staff, led by Chairman Tim Fairfax AC and CEO Jenny Wheatley, following a year of research and consultation with education experts.
“One of the Foundation’s aims is to help young people reach their educational and social potential,” Ms Wheatley said. “Through this program, we hope to have a positive impact on more than 100 schools over the next five years, and potentially improve the future for thousands of students.”
The Fair Education Program provides funding to individual schools, or school clusters, to deliver evidence-based projects that improve how families and the wider school community engage in student learning.
Catalyst for change
Schools Plus CEO, Rosemary Conn, said the program aims to be a catalyst for significant change within the participating schools and in the NSW education system.
“Research shows that parent engagement at school positively affects student achievement and reduces the impact of socio-economic disadvantage on educational outcomes. This groundbreaking program will support principals and teachers to develop their own strategies to boost parent and community involvement in their school,” she said.
The launch is being held at Hilltop Road Public School in Sydney’s west. It is one of 29 schools across NSW taking part in the program’s first year, including 13 individual schools and three school clusters.
“I applaud the VFFF and Schools Plus for this outstanding inititive and their significant investment to support education in NSW,” Mr Piccoli said. “Their support will assist schools to build on the work they are already doing to provide better learning opportunities and continue to improve student outcomes.”
Under the program, participating schools will receive leadership coaching from the Schools Plus Fair Education Expert Coach, Eric Jamieson. Mr Jamieson will work with principals and their leadership teams to help design and deliver projects, as well as monitor and evaluate the outcomes.
Schools can find out more information here.