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.
Schools that have demonstrated outstanding outcomes despite challenging circumstances.Learn more
Star Hub Schools
Schools that are ready to implement initiatives to improve outcomes for their students.Learn more
STEM Learning Hub Schools
Schools in communities where STEM expertise and support are needed most.Learn more
Schools who have continued their engagement in our network to continue to improve outcomes.Learn more
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.
Our brand values
We convene education leaders across systems working together to take shared responsibility for action, accountability and success to improve educational outcomes for all students.
We purposefully cultivate new connections and convene opportunities for schools that supports them to achieve their goals and grow impact for learning through action together.
We build an environment where school leaders feel safe to share expertise and become willing learners for the shared purpose of achieving education excellence and equity in their communities.
We increase equitable access to resources, practices and opportunities for all students to thrive in their learning.
We leverage the shared exchange of knowledge, evidence and expertise from leading educators across systems, to create opportunity to accelerate evidence informed innovation and grow effective teaching and learning practice that will lead systems forward.
We support responsive adaption to changing circumstances and competing demands, while designing to overcome and address challenges presented within education communities serving diverse cohorts with complex needs.
Activities and events
Thought Leadership Gatherings
Quarterly two-day events presented by experts from key fields in education.Learn more
School leaders gather in local clusters to work collaboratively on the challenges and opportunities presented by individual schools.Learn more
School leaders undertake structured overseas learning visits to engage with creative, evidence-based practices beyond the Australian education landscape.Learn more