Schools Plus exists to help close the education gap caused by disadvantage. We believe all children should have access to a great education regardless of their background. As a registered charity, we work with teachers and schools in disadvantaged areas to empower them with funding, coaching and resources to implement initiatives that will help their students succeed.
THE EDUCATION GAP
Education improves lives and helps create a thriving society. A child’s education should not be dictated by their postcode or background. In Australia, children facing disadvantage are, on average, three years behind their peers. Read more >
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Gaige’s inspiring story of impact is one of many featured in our newly released Impact Report. Because of your incredibly generous support, Schools Plus has been able to raise over $36 million for students facing disadvantage.read more
Through Schools Plus funding, Avonvale Primary School was able to employ a speech therapist to assist students with their oral language skills. In one-on-one and group settings, students were able to develop their phonological, pragmatic, syntax, morphological and semantics skills.read more
At Darling Heights State School, teachers are using adult English classes to connect with families and ensure children can reach their full potential. Watch their project in action in our latest video.read more
EXAMPLES OF OUR WORK
Encouraging family engagement
A supportive family environment is proven to have a positive impact on student learning. To increase its family and community engagement, Granville East Public School replaced written Kindergarten to Year 6 student reports with half-hour, three-way Learning Conversations that involve the student, teacher, family and often interpreters. This program has driven average family attendance per semester to 97%.
Championing Indigenous language
Aboriginality is one of the key factors influencing educational disadvantage. Mossman State School wanted to close the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous school attendance. It co-designed a program with Kuku Yalanji Elders to bring the local Aboriginal language, Kuku Yalanji, to the school. The project even created an app to help those in the community learn the language. Enrolments to the school have increased by 17% since the program launched, and NAPLAN data shows that writing is significantly ahead of the average for the region.
Supporting core skills: literacy, numeracy, STEM
Enrolment data showed that more than 90% of students at Clayton View Primary school did not demonstrate age-appropriate oral language skills when they started school. Schools Plus provided funding for Australia’s leading oral language specialists to upskill teachers, giving them the techniques, confidence and knowledge to work in a more targeted fashion to develop students’ speaking abilities. The project also involved parent workshops to develop their oral language interaction at home. The number of children with age appropriate oral language skills in their first year of school improved by 77% points over the year of the program.