No Limits brings together six outstanding primary school principals and their feeder kinder educators with aspirations to increase long term educational engagement for children on the Mornington Peninsula.
In mid-2018, working with MPF, principals and staff identified low levels of oral language as the key issue for lack of engagement and success in learning in their children. With the support of Right Lane Consulting, a detailed intervention project plan was created and generously funded by ten MPF supporters.
Based on the speech and oral language pilot of 2018 at Crib Point Primary, this project will support over 500 children over three years in their oral language and literacy development. MPF is engaging Peninsula Speech Pathology Services to deliver the program, and is supporting the primary schools and kinders to employ an additional educational assistant in each prep class.
Testing of 300 children at the ten intervention sites and three comparison sites in term 1 of 2019 showed that 92% required some form of oral language intervention, compared to 10% of the general population.
Endline testing in 2019 indicates major improvements. The formal evaluation for year one will inform ongoing program implementation.
No Limits donors are: the Bertalli Family Foundation, R.M Ansett Trust (Equity Trustees), Collier Charitable Foundation, RE Ross Trust, Zagora Foundation, George Hicks Foundation, Grace and Emilio Family Foundation, Sentinel Foundation, Bowness Foundation, one anonymous donor and SALT Impact.