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In challenged communities, schools provide much more than a place of learning.

School leaders have a very important role to play in the lives of their students and communities.

Great school leaders create conditions that enable both outstanding education and successful social outcomes for each and every student.  This is particularly vital in lower socioeconomic regions.

The SVA Bright Spots Schools Connection (The Connection) is a network of high-performing school leaders across Australia, delivering exceptional results within communities experiencing disadvantage.

The Connection brings together highly experienced educators and emerging leaders within a collaborative framework, exposing school leadership teams to best practice and innovative thinking from all over the world.

By connecting, leveraging and supporting these ‘bright spots’ in the Australian education system, The Connection gives school leaders the chance to address common challenges and drive evidence-informed action in their schools.

The outcomes and findings from The Connection are shared continually, both formally and informally, with school leaders, government partners and supporters.

Schools in The Connection

The Connection has a growing network of 50 schools across New South Wales, South Australia and Victoria, already reaching more than 2,800 educators and approximately 30,000 students in Australia.

Connection online platform

With the Ian Potter Foundation‘s support, we developed an online platform for Connection schools to collaborate, communicate, and problem-solve across borders. 

The platform centralises information, makes it easier for leaders to share expertise, and encourages engagement for those with more limited resources.

Thank you