Rural Education Conference


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.

2018 Rural Education Conference — Thankyou to all who attended!

In  2018, the conference provided 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 comprised a range of formats to accommodate all education communities, with attendance across one or two days.

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 was ideal for those education communities looking to enhance their clustered education, or those interested in implementing a cluster approach.

Maggie Farrar Bio

Conference Dinner:
The highly-anticipated Conference Dinner took place on the evening of Monday, September 3.
It provided an opportunity for conference participants to network and mingle.
Entertainment was provided by a number of students from country schools, while guest speaker and Melbourne Cup winning trainer, Darren Weir, captured the audience with stories of his rise to success.
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.
Guest speakers were Simon Breakspear (AUS) and Peter Gamwell (CAN).
Simon Breakspear Bio
Peter Gamwell Bio
In addition to these keynote presentations, workshops and forums were offered, exploring a range of key areas that are relevant to rural and remote education communities:
  • P-12 School Settings
  • Thinking and Working Differently
  • Increasing Youth Aspirations
  • Mindfulness and Self Care

2018 Conference Resources

Swan Hill Cluster Presentation

Pyrenees Cluster Presentation

Yarrawonga Presentation

Simon Breakspear Presentation

Maggie Farrar Presentation


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