Whole of school strategies to improve parental engagement, student engagement and primary to secondary transitions
The School Community Partnership Demonstration Projects were developed in response to research from the Darebin and Moreland Under 16 Reports and the Yarra Joining the Dots Report. The data identified a need for an early intervention strategy to create change and build capacity of schools to address the disengagement of young people from education. The participating schools were East Preston Islamic College, Glenroy College, Thornbury High School and Fitzroy High School, brokered by the INLLEN’s Partnership Brokers and supported by Youth Commitments. The Projects have provided support to address the issues and have provided enhanced connections between schools and community agencies.
Principles of the School, Family and Community Partnerships Framework developed by Joyce Epstein informed the development of a School Community Action Team model. The Action Teams consisted of school leadership, community, educational organisations, community organisations and local government representations.
The schools have embedded the learning from the pilot into their strategic plans and have developed significant partnerships with local community agencies.
The Thornbury High School and Community Demonstration Project aimed to establish and develop a Community Action Team working together to support young Indigenous student learning at school and develop a Parents, Family and Community Engagement strategy. Find out More
Fitzroy High School (FHS) embraced the opportunity to implement, and take ownership of a Demonstration Pilot Project. Utilising an action research model, a School Community Action Team, Fitzroy Engagement and Transition Action Team (FEAT), was brought together comprising of key stakeholders within Yarra. Find out more