Every Child. Every Day.
Western Port Education Precinct
The Western Port Education Precinct brings together MPF’s three lead projects in education and is the culmination of many small grants and much work on the ground by the principals and teachers of the local secondary and primary schools.
The Learning Guarantee
The Learning Guarantee Program (LGP) addresses very low rates of readiness for secondary school. Our WPEP schools have identified low levels in reading and writing on the one hand and the impact of trauma due to adverse childhood experiences on the other as key factors. In combination these conditions rapidly reduce a child’s development and their ability to learn. When this is recognised for what it is, rather than as deviant, defiant or obstructive behaviour, and when teachers are trained in emerging science based programs, children can be supported back onto a path of learning. The LGP enters year 2 in 2021 with significant support from the Helen Macpherson Smith Trust which will allow the continuation of the teaching interventions and the inclusion of enhanced wellbeing support. The LGP will work with upper primary children in the two current primary schools with a view to expanding this to more of the feeder primaries in the area.
Elevate is the third component of WPEP and is generously supported by the Hugh Williamson Foundation. Elevate focuses on high absentee and early school leaving rates and seeks to change this by incorporating teaching practices and philosophies successfully employed at Oakwood School, an alternative setting established by the DET to accommodate students excluded from mainstream. With a view that a secondary school should accommodate the learning needs of all students, Western Port Secondary is focusing on the gaps in reading and writing and acknowledgement of trauma as a driver of disengagement (consistent with No Limits and LGP). Elevate enters year 2 in 2021 and will work intensely with students at the very disengaged end and with the whole school to create sustained and fundamental change through training in science based language and reading and trauma informed practice as well as structural changes that streamline communications and actions and data management that informs in real time.
- Literacy Support at Tyabb Railway Station Primary
- HealthyEats@Wallaroo Primary
- After School Tutoring at Eastbourne Primary
- The Feuerstein Program at Advance Community College
- A school bus at Mornington Park Primary
- Transition scholarships at over 15 primary and secondary schools
- Discretionary support at Hastings Primary
Homelessness was highlighted as a significant but hidden issue when MPF started work with the local communities in 2017. With mainstream services based in Frankston or Dandenong, a number of volunteer and minimally resourced small nfps had formed organically to try to meet the complex needs of people who were ‘at the end of the road’ literally and metaphorically. Lack of data was a major issue as there was no real understanding of the numbers of people involved or the situations they were in.
MPF has worked with local agencies to better understand the situation and in funding a number of locally drive programs has amassed a set of data which is beginning to describe the complexity of the issue and to assist in planning a way forward. As an issue that impacts the whole community it is of great concern to the MP Shire which is now partnering with MPF to use the data combined with insights into the layers and set ups of government structures, services and policies to test new strategies with a view to fundamental systems change.
This work will involve greater use of new technology to assist in data management and communications and is a great example of philanthropy and local government working together to combine assets and insights towards a common goal.
The programs currently funded by MPF include:
Assertive Outreach and SPLASH
Western Port Housing and Homelessness
Private Rental Assistance Program (PRAP)
Our Featured Project: No Limits
We are constantly active on the Peninsula and meet community agencies and donor partners in situ on a regular basis. Please contact us with any enquiries or if you would like to contribute in any way.
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