All school are impacted by and respond to  disadvantage in their communities. In many cases, it is multiple forms of intersecting disadvantage. What is different in rural and remote communities is how geographic isolation amplifiers the impact of intersecting disadvantage.

The NSW Department of Education and Communities is committed to equity of outcomes for students in NSW. A range of programs are available for students and schools to provide access and improve learning outcomes, particularly in rural areas.

To assist the wider community to develop a deeper understanding of the issues of rurality and geographic isolation we have created a small video as well sourced and curated of series of reports from a range of sectors.

Success in remote schools – a research study of eleven improving remote schools

The 2012 What Works research study of eleven improving remote schools.
Published by What Works. The Work Program “Remote and very remote schools face significant challenges in attaining outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students that are commensurate with all students. A critical aspect of the challenge is getting the mix of factors that influence Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander student outcomes together in a balanced, comprehensive and sustainable manner in a remote context. ”

Investing in regions: Making a difference (Grattan Institute)

Investing in regions: Making a difference shows that unless governments recognize the fast-changing reality of regional Australia, they will continue to both waste money and deprive many citizens of much-needed services. Some regions are growing fast – and often missing out on services – while some are growing slowly or even shrinking. When these latter regions lack sustainable economic foundations, no amount of government money can provide it. Instead, governments should put development funds where people and jobs want to go.

Rural implications of Smarter Schools National Partnerships

The aim of National partnerships projects as well all know is to promote a shared knowledge across Australia of best practice and innovative strategies and to provide recommendations for effective reform and processes to move forward at a national level. Two reform areas with a heightened relevance to NSW rural education are: Extended Service School Models and Innovative Strategies for Small and/or Remote Schools

Renewing Rural and Regional Teacher Education Curriculum

The Renewing Rural and Regional Teacher Education Curriculum (now known as (RRRTEC) project has looked at what teacher education can do differently to better prepare teachers for rural and regional workforce needs. Drawing from the RRRTEC model as described in the framework section, RRRTEC’s curriculum writing team have developed a series of online modules around rurality themes to better prepare teachers for rural and regional contexts (experiencing rurality) and to help them be community ready, school ready and classroom ready.

Families in regional, rural and remote Australia

Australia is one of the most urbanised countries in the world, with over two-thirds (69%) of the population living in major cities. It also has one of the lowest population densities outside of its major cities. Despite the vastness of Australia and the profound impact that this has on the lives of the peoples living in rural and remote areas, relatively little is known about families living in these areas of Australia compared to those living in major cities.

The Families in regional, rural and remote Australia Facts Sheet describes how the characteristics of families differ between the “city” and the “country” or “bush”. While words such as these are used in everyday parlance, it is very difficult to identify exactly where the city ends and the country begins.

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