Smarter Schools National Partnerships

From Term 1 2017, Victorian government and Catholic schools will use the new Victorian Curriculum F-10. Curriculum related information is currently being reviewed and may be subject to change.

For more information on the curriculum, see:
The Victorian Curriculum F–10 - VCAA

The resources of the Smarter Schools National Partnerships (NPs) and Victoria’s System Improvement funding have been combined.

From this pool, a small proportion of funds from the government sector share of each NP has been allocated to cross-sectoral collaboration ($500,000 per annum) and systemic and network-level initiatives (10% of the available funding per annum) to support the aims of the NPs.

For example, some funds will facilitate system-wide responses such as increasing the pool of Reading Recovery trained teachers or intensive training for teachers in literacy and numeracy, and some will facilitate collaboration and capacity building at the network level on initiatives such as coaching programs for leadership teams.

The vast majority of NP funding is being differentially directed to participating schools (those published as Literacy/Numeracy or Low SES NP schools). These schools are those with a high level of educational disadvantage, as indicated by the school’s Student Family Occupation (SFO) index, and/or a significant number of students performing at or below the national minimum standard in literacy and/or numeracy (NAPLAN results).  

Regions prioritised schools for support where additional resources would best assist further improvement in student outcomes. Schools not selected through this regional prioritisation process have access to a range of other programs and support.

Regions determine when participating schools will begin to receive support, as well as the amount and duration of this funding, depending on the circumstances of each school. In deciding on school allocations, regions consider:

  • school size
  • NP improvement initiatives in which the school will be participating
  • existing support already provided to schools through other system, region or network interventions
  • school ability to absorb additional resources within specified timeframes
  • specific educational needs within each school.

As a result of this approach, which provides flexibility for regions and schools to tailor their participation based on local context and need, individual school allocations will vary for schools across and within partnerships.

In some cases, regions have supported improvement projects for a group of schools by providing the funding to one school within the group. Consequently, for administrative reasons, some schools are listed as having a larger allocation and others have no allocation, however this should not be taken to imply that they are not receiving NP support.

Participating schools will generally be supported for three to four years. The support will occur in phases and consequently, schools that are not being supported in the current phase will also have no funding allocated to them at this stage. 

Seventeen additional Victorian government schools were identified for support through the ACARA My School website.  These schools have been included in the Literacy and Numeracy NP for the 2010/11 financial year. 

View the 2009 Smarter Schools National Partnership Annual Activity and Accountability Statements