Key
Focus
Areas

Rural, Regional & Remote

Helping to address education equity for all Australian children and young people.

OUR GOAL

To provide children living in rural, regional and remote communities equitable access to resources that enable them to thrive alongside their urban peers.

By 2027, we aim to impact 150,000 children per year.

Children show improved outcomes in maths and science.

Children show improvement in school attendance.

Children have better access to digital technology.

More children go on to tertiary education.

THE NEED

Children living in rural, regional and remote communities face unique challenges accessing quality education.

Children and young people living in rural, regional and remote Australia are:

  • more likely to experience lower outcomes in maths and science.
  • absent from school more often.
  • less likely to access adequate technology.
  • less likely to study in higher education.

Our work to support children in rural, regional and remote Australia

30,111

children

2,809

teachers

227

school communities


Our unique
model drives
our impact

Schools Plus’ model combines three interdependent components that work together to drive change.

Place-based approach

We take a place-based and community led approach to target the unique needs of children within a specific community. We engage a broad range of stakeholders including teachers, health practitioners and families to be active participants in the development and implementation of interventions, because we know it is the community that knows its children best.

Investment to effect change

We support school communities with critical resources that help them to effect change. This includes funding to help access physical and professional resources as well as coaching to enable the project’s successful implementation and evaluation.

Influencing systems change

Some of our larger-scale projects are now playing a key role in influencing systems change at a sector level with some projects incubated by Schools Plus expanding and scaling into mainstream educational programs.

How we give children more opportunities

We partner with schools to provide opportunities for children in rural, regional and remote communities by strengthening teachers’ capacity and providing access to technology, wellbeing support and extracurricular activities that build confidence, skills and socialisation.

Some examples of our work include:

  • Schools partnering with local industries to develop students employability skills
  • Providing opportunities for students through technology and engage in learning beyond their communities

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Where we work

Schools Plus works with school communities across all states and territories in Australia. Our work supports children from schools with an ICSEA score (Index of Community Socio-Educational Advantage) of less than 1000. We also partner with special needs schools.

STORIES OF IMPACT

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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Read our latest Impact Report

We are proud to release our 2020 Impact Report, detailing our impact on schools faced with disadvantage since 2015. Thanks to the generosity of our donors, as of June 2020, Schools Plus has been able to direct over $17 million to vulnerable children across Australia.

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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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