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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 all students.  This is particularly vital in communities experiencing disadvantage.

The SVA Bright Spots Schools Connection (The Connection) is a network of high-performing school leaders across Australia, delivering exceptional results in low socioeconomic areas.

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.

Powerhouse Schools

Powerhouse Schools

Schools that have demonstrated outstanding outcomes despite challenging circumstances.

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Star Hub Schools

Star Hub Schools

Schools that are ready to implement initiatives to improve outcomes for their students.

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STEM Learning Hub Schools

STEM Learning Hub Schools

Schools in communities where STEM expertise and support are needed most.

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Activities and events

Thought Leadership Gatherings

Thought Leadership Gatherings

Quarterly two-day events presented by experts from key fields in education.

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Hub Days

Hub Days

School leaders gather in local clusters to work collaboratively on the challenges and opportunities presented by individual schools.

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International Exploration

International Exploration

School leaders undertake structured overseas learning visits to engage with creative, evidence-based practices beyond the Australian education landscape.

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Insights

Innovation, disruption and lifelong learning:

Innovation, disruption and lifelong learning:

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A professional development experience like no other

A professional development experience like no other

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Spotlight on STEM education at Parliament House

Spotlight on STEM education at Parliament House

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Networking for social purpose: what’s needed?

Networking for social purpose: what’s needed?

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Why STEM practices should be taught across the entire curriculum

Why STEM practices should be taught across the entire curriculum

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Samsung and SVA to bring STEM expertise to 36 schools

Samsung and SVA to bring STEM expertise to 36 schools

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Lift off on STEM skills for students

Lift off on STEM skills for students

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