CEP has delivered the results of our recent research into the challenges faced by remote and rural schools following the significant interruptions to education in 2020. Our initial findings are detailed in the document Rural Education in 2020: Reflections and Impacts of Drought, Bushfires, Dust Storms and COVID-19.
Throughout term 2, CEP consulted with rural education leaders exploring the impacts bushfires, drought, dust storms and COVID-19 have had on the provision of education in our remote and rural communities. We contacted more than 80 education leaders from Victorian rural schools to understand how these challenges have impacted their students, staff, schools and communities.
This interview-based consultation asked school leaders to identify some of the challenges they have faced in the first six months of 2020. We also asked them to highlight the unique innovations their rural and remote schools have developed in order to provide education through these unprecedented circumstances. Leaders were then asked to consider how these innovations might frame their provision of education in the future.
Additionally, CEP established ongoing contact with our network of Rural Youth Ambassadors and Alumni to identify how the first six months of 2020 had impacted their learning. Students were then asked to consider how they envision learning moving forward this year and beyond.
CEP has collated the challenges, issues, and opportunities which have arisen as a result of these recent disruptions; and identified possible future directions for remote and rural education.
CEP will continue to contact rural education communities across Victoria in the coming weeks, to further develop the experiences that rural communities have had throughout 2020 – so one of our staff will be in contact with you in the near future.
To read Rural Education in 2020, please see the link below.