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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 IMPACT

$26M

raised for schools

300,000

students helped

1000

schools supported

CURRENT INITIATIVES

Miss Buttercup serves up work experience opportunities

She may be over 80 years old, but Miss Buttercup is serving up some fresh opportunities for the students at Yankalilla Area School. The vintage caravan café has toured the town, providing hands-on learning for hospitality, tourism and business students.

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Remote SA schools introduce Two-Way Science

6 remote schools in SA are working to implement an innovative Two-Way Science approach, to build cultural identity and teach science.

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Digital Literacy Transforms NT School

Located on the outskirts of Darwin (NT), Ludmilla Primary is a small school of 94 students, more than half of which Indigenous or have a language background other than English. With their digital literacy project, Ludmilla has proven to be a school of choice for the local community.

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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.