Identifying Goals

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

When creating an education partnership, it’s important to clearly identify what your school aims to achieve. It’s helpful to ask:

  • What are the particular challenges facing your school community?
  • What educational issues is it passionate about?
  • What opportunities could your school take advantage of to benefit students?

Effective partnerships have clear, mutual goals. To identify these goals, start by talking to your school community about its needs and desires. Have a look at existing research on the educational and developmental needs of students to work out where a partnership might have the greatest impact. As part of this step also talk to and involve people in your local community.

Knowing your school community

Consultation with families, children and young people

Engaging and collaborating with the school community is a crucial first step in identifying issues that affect the learning, development and wellbeing of children and young people. In particular, engaging children, young people and their families can:

  • identify what types of values the school community wants to uphold
  • help determine the suitability of any proposed partnerships
  • uncover risks associated in partnering with external organisations
  • reinforce a student centred approach to learning
  • utilise a valuable source of knowledge about what a school needs to achieve through partnership.

Additionally, involving children and young people in partnership planning helps build stronger school communities and gives them a say in how the partnership is focused and shaped.

Analysing the Parent Satisfaction Survey and the Attitude to School Student Survey can help identify potential issues that can be addressed through a partnership. These surveys can provide a basis for discussion with children, young people and their families about issues they would like to see addressed.

Schools have an opportunity to collaborate with the student community through the Student Representative Council.

For more information about involving students in their learning, including making decisions about what and how they learn, see: Represent (pdf - 2.38mb) and Student Voice (pdf - 386.65kb)

Questions to ask the school community about partnerships

  • What is the school’s ethos and background?
  • What are the goals for the next 12 months and how can they be achieved?
  • What organisations can assist in achieving these goals?
  • What types of organisations do we want to partner with (or avoid) to achieve these goals?
  • Who else has been involved in partnerships and what were their experiences and findings?
  • Is there someone in the regional or central DEECD office that I can talk to about partnerships?
  • What rules and restrictions effect who schools can partner with?
  • What mutually beneficial outcomes would be gained by entering into a partnership with this organisation?
  • What risks do we need to consider before entering into a partnership?
  • Do we have the resources and capacity to invest in a partnership?
  • What background research on potential partners will need to occur before committing to a partnership?

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