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TOGETHER, WE CAN HELP CLOSE THE EDUCATION GAP

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. Children facing disadvantage are, on average, 3 years behind their peers. A quality education should not be dictated by postcode or background. Read more >

OUR WORK

$26M

raised for schools

300,000

students helped

1000

schools supported

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

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 people 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.

CURRENT INITIATIVES


Teaching Fellows Panel: The Impact of the Fellowship

At the 2021 Commonwealth Bank Teaching Awards Ceremony, past Teaching Fellows Eddie Woo, Chantel Mirzai (2019) and Scott Sleap (2020) sat down to discuss the impact of the fellowship on their careers, students and the education sector.

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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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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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