Educational outcomes for children in Australia often reflect their personal backgrounds and circumstances rather than their potential.
Many factors that influence how well a child will do at school are outside of their control. The socio-economic status (SES) of their family, the education level of their parents, where they live, the school they go to and their cultural identification are all powerful predictors of their educational outcomes.
Children in disadvantaged communities are often starting school already behind their peers. Once at school, the gap is not closing. NAPLAN results consistently show young people in low-SES communities do not perform as well as their high-SES peers across all years in reading and numeracy. The Year 12 completion rates for young people from low SES areas are only 58% compared to 77% for those living in high SES areas.
Our programs increase school readiness and provide support to disadvantaged primary and high school students to close the gap and create greater educational equality.