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What Do Schools Need in 2020

Earlier this year, Schools Plus opened applications for our Smart Giving program to eligible schools across Australia. Through Smart Giving, selected schools receive funding, coaching and resources to support initiatives that improve students’ outcomes. The applications reveal these insights about what schools need in 2020.

Copy of Insights from the 2020 Smart Giving round (4) web

This is nearly double the level of demand recorded in previous years.

18% of applications are from bushfire impacted schools

25% of applications are from drought-affected schools

30% of applications are for projects related to COVID-19 recovery


The top four challenges schools need help to address


Student wellbeing

The number of students with anxiety, trauma backgrounds and social/emotional needs is rising rapidly. Initiatives will support the wellbeing of students, teachers and families.



Strong literacy skills underpin a person’s ability to thrive at school and beyond. Intensive programs will ensure students of all ages improve their reading, writing and oral language skills.



Teaching practice

Developing teachers’ skills so they are more effective in the classroom is the number one thing schools can do to improve student outcomes.



Student disengagement

Introducing STEM and project-based learning, where students solve real-life problems and take part in hands-on activities, is a highly engaging way to build future-focused skills.


To support children facing disadvantage, please donate or contact our team for more information about schools needing support.

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Your generosity will help schools provide the opportunities students need and deserve to fulfil their potential. Explore the much-needed initiatives on our Projects page and support a school today.

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