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Fair Education program to boost family and community engagement

An exciting new program that aims to develop school leadership and increase family and community engagement in disadvantaged schools across NSW has been launched by national education charity, Schools Plus.

The Fair Education Program will provide up to $70,000 over three years for individual schools, or $250,000 over three years for school clusters, to deliver evidence-based projects that improve how families and the wider school community engage in student learning. 

Schools selected to participate in the program will receive leadership coaching from the Fair Education Expert Coach Eric Jamieson, the former NSW Department of Education Director, High Performance. Mr Jamieson will work with principals and their school leadership teams over the three years to help them design and deliver their projects, as well as monitor and evaluate the outcomes.

The program is supported by the Vincent Fairfax Family Foundation (VFFF), a charitable trust that is strongly committed to increasing education equity in NSW.

“We are thrilled to partner with the VFFF on this groundbreaking program,” said Rosemary Conn, the CEO of Schools Plus.

“Through Fair Education, we expect to see real benefits for students who may need some extra help to succeed. Through more effective leadership and projects that bring families and communities closer to schools, opportunities for thousands of students will be created.”


Applications for the Fair Education program are currently closed. 

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To be eligible schools must:

  • be located in NSW (applications from provincial, remote and very remote schools are strongly encouraged)
  • have a value between 901 and 999 on the Index of Community Socio-Educational Advantage (ICSEA) unless applying as a cluster.
  • comprise of at least three schools if applying as a cluster. This can now also include schools with an ICSEA value below 900 as long as the lead school and the majority of schools in the cluster are in the 901-999 range.
  • discuss their participation in the Program with their Director Public Schools NSW/School Council/Board or equivalent in your sector.

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