The Country Education Partnership is focused on enhancing learning opportunities and improving education outcomes for children and young people within rural and remote communities.
The CEP philosophy is centred on finding local solutions to local challenges in rural and remote education communities. In 2018 the CEP developed future strategies and approaches to further enhance learning provision and improve opportunities and outcomes of young people in rural and remote communities.
Further details of these strategies and approaches are available in the below documents:
CEP has five key focus areas that provide the foundation for its work:
Advocacy and Representation
CEP builds strong partnerships with rural and remote communities to ensure that its work is relevant and responsive. As a result, the CEP has a strong understanding of the challenges, opportunities and great learning initiatives that are occurring in rural and remote education. This enables the CEP to play a vital representative and advocacy role on behalf of rural and remote learning communities when approaching government and education sectors.
Some of the CEP’s key efforts include:
- Representing rural and remote education communities on numerous government and education sector working groups
- Developing papers and submissions in relation to government policy impacting on rural education
- Contributing to the ongoing development of the rural and remote secondary school fund to enhance post-compulsory learning
- provisionContributing to the allocation of extra equity resources within the school global budgets for rural and remote schools
- Participating in numerous reviews and research projects focused on education in rural and remote communities
- Facilitating several education forums annually on specific issues relevant to rural and remote education communities.
Support for Rural Learning
The CEP provides direct support to rural and remote learning communities with an aim of developing creative and innovative learning initiatives. These initiatives focus on developing learning that is place based, collaborative, and utilising a whole-of-community approach.
Each year, CEP delivers a number of professional learning opportunities that are designed to support the work of education provision within rural and remote communities. These opportunities include professional development with a range of internationally recognised education presenters such as Sir John Jones, Steve Munby and Maggie Farrer.
Each year a program is developed in partnership with rural and remote education communities and is then delivered in rural communities.
For specific professional development programs, check out the Rural Learning Hub.
Our programs and services include:
CEP currently delivers professional development each term through the PD online series and as part of the AGM.
CEP aligns itself closely with The Academy for Leadership and Teaching to ensure there are programs delivered that suit rural educators.
Historically CEP has also delivered conferences, summits and overseas trips. The CEP committee of management discusses these possibilities as part of its regular meeting processes and sub-committees.
Rural Youth Aspirations and Student Agency
CEP supports the development and implementation of a range of activities aimed at enhancing the aspirations of children and young people living in rural and remote communities. This support is delivered via the Rural Inspire initiative, which sees the CEP work with rural and remote communities in developing strategies that improve the aspirations of their young people.
Across many states, CEP facilitates the Rural Youth Ambassadors program, a highly regarded rural youth leadership and agency initiative.
Research and Data Collection
CEP undertakes work across a range of focus areas, aimed at ensuring that information and relevant research is provided to governments, education sectors and rural and remote communities.
The CEP achieves this by building partnerships with key stakeholder organisations, and also undertaking our own research.