Held bi-annually, CEP hosts a Rural Education Conference to both showcase and support the provision of high-quality education in rural communities. IMG_0079

As one of the only true cross-sectorial events within education in Victoria, the Rural Education Conference is an “unmissable” opportunity for education leaders, educators, school councillors and board members, rural communities and those interested in rural education to come together and explore how they can inspire, invigorate and challenge our rural and remote children and young people to realise their dreams.

The 2018 Rural Education Conference is fast approaching!

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In  2018, the conference will aim to provide a genuine opportunity for education leaders, educators and support staff working in rural, remote and small education settings to celebrate their achievements, while also exploring new and innovative ways to provide engaging education into the future.

The Conference will comprise a range of formats to accommodate all education communities, with attendance welcome across one or two days.

Details as follows:

Monday, September 3 – “Take Your Clustering to the Next Level”


A full-day program, exploring the real value rural education communities have had on education provision through collaboration.
Facilitated by Maggie Farrar from the United Kingdom, the day is ideal for those education communities looking to enhance their clustered education, or those who are interested in implementing a cluster approach.

The day’s format will be interactive, allowing participants to immerse themselves in a range of discussions.

Maggie Farrar Bio

Conference Dinner:
The highly-anticipated Conference Dinner will take place on the evening of Monday, September 3.
Beginning with canapés and social drinks, the dinner will provide an opportunity for conference participants to network and mingle.
In addition, CEP will announce the 2018 winner of the Rural Education Award during the evening.
Entertainment will  be provided by a number of sensational students from within our rural and remote communities.
Tuesday, September 4 “Keys to an Enriched Education”
A full-day program exploring the real value and contribution that rural and remote schools have consistently provided to country students. An array of inspirational stories will be shared and celebrated.
We will also have Simon Breakspear on hand, facilitating a workshop to consider how we might best provide a enriched education environment into the future.
Not to be outdone, Peter Gamwell from Otawa, Ontario, Canada will also join to share his experiences of what really makes a difference in rural and remote education, and the importance of focused engagement for students.  Peter is highly regarded across Canada for his work as a key leader in education provision.
Simon Breakspear Bio
Peter Gamwell Bio
In addition to these keynote presentations, workshops and forums will be on offer, exploring a range of key areas that are relevant to rural and remote education communities such as:
– P-12 education settings – are we realising their full potential
– literacy through multi-age learning
– supporting special needs students
– lifting the aspirations of our rural young people
– student engagement
– looking after yourself
– staff recruitment and retention


  • Full Conference (Monday and Tuesday) – CEP Member ($ 350.00 per person) or Non CEP Member ($ 420.00) 
  • One Full Day – Monday – CEP Members ($ 200.00) or Non CEP Members ($ 250.00) 
  • One Full Day – Tuesday – CEP Members ($ 200.00) or Non CEP Members ($ 250.00) 
  • Reception and Dinner Monday evening ($ 90.00 per person)

Previous Conferences

2016- “Inspirational Teachers – Inspiring Rural Young People”

The brainchild of the Rural Youth Ambassadors, they also played a key facilitation role throughout the conference – providing a real student voice within rural education. Key-note presenters included Sir John Jones and Maggie Farrar.

An outline of the program can be downloaded by clicking on:  Rural Education Conference Program Summary

2015- “Rural Learning: Releasing the Possibility”

A conference designed to inspire, invigorate and influence rural educator’s everyday professional practice, the two-day conference included not only key-note addresses, but also a selection of discussion forums and concurrent workshops presented by education communities around Australia. Key-note presenters included Yong Zhao and Maggie Farrar.

An outline of the program can be downloaded by clicking on:  Rural Education Conference