The Victorian Government is taking action to bridge the divide between regional and metropolitan schools, with an initial investment of $82.8 million committed for new and expanded initiatives.
What this packages includes
The Rural and Regional Education Reform suite of initiatives provides more than $37 million over five years to address barriers to workforce development, increase access to learning opportunities for students and raise the aspirations of students. These initiatives include:
- $13.2 million to enable rural, regional students and their families to attend VCE revision lectures, saving students up to $1000 on registration, travel and accommodation costs
- $7.8 million to improve the capability of teachers and leaders through expanded outreach professional development opportunities in rural and regional areas
- $5.1 million to support rural and regional schools to work in clusters to strengthen curriculum delivery in primary and secondary schools
- $3.7 million to provide outreach and virtual programs – such as the John Monash Science School Rural Exchange Program – to regional and rural schools
- $3.7 million to abolish the enrolment fees for Virtual School Victoria for all Victorian students, saving approximately 4,400 parents $160 when enrolling their children in virtual learning
- $2.5 million to build rural student aspirations by increasing access to mentoring, role models and information about post-school pathways
- $1.4 million for Victoria’s Tech Schools to provide immersive and residential STEM programs for regional and rural students
How the funding provided will benefit schools
Schools will benefit through a range of initiatives including:
- improved access to professional learning
- access to additional regional resources to support rural and regional schools to work together to strengthen curriculum delivery
- access to outreach and virtual programs.
How students or schools can apply to take part in these initiatives or receive funding
These initiatives will commence in January 2020 and continue to roll out over the next five years.
Further information will be provided to schools in Term 4 regarding how they can participate in these initiatives.