Partnerships for schools, businesses and communities

The Australian Government provides resources to help schools, businesses and communities build successful partnerships to benefit the education outcomes of young people.

Educating our young people is the responsibility of the entire community, not just schools. Schools, businesses and communities form partnerships because they wish to improve outcomes for young people, and recognise that by working together, they can often achieve outcomes that would not be possible from working alone.

Partnerships can take many forms. Some are focused on students, for example supporting them with reading, or helping them prepare for the world of work, or providing a relationship with a business mentor. Others focus on broader areas, for example supporting school leadership and teacher development.

Partnerships can improve staff morale and the use of resources within schools, leading to better education outcomes for young people. Business can also experience improved staff morale, better awareness of their industry, and community recognition. Partnerships help communities to work together to solve local problems.

More Information on partnering

The following Guiding Principles for School-Business Relationships documents provide information which can help schools and businesses to develop effective and sustainable relationships.

Evaluate to Grow – Getting the most out of your school-business relationship through evaluation provides guidance on how to evaluate school-business relationships.

The final report of the Business-School Connections Roundtable Realising Potential: Businesses Helping Schools to Develop Australia’s Future (2012) describes the factors which help to establish and maintain successful partnerships, and barriers which may prevent schools and businesses from working more closely together.

Research reports on aspects of school-business relationships are also available.

Resources

The following is a list of all the resources that are associated with Partnerships for schools, businesses and communities.

Results

  1. Discussion Paper for the Independent Review into Regional, Rural and Remote Education

    Created: 12 July 2017

    The discussion paper highlights key educational challenges and issues that impact on the learning outcomes of regional, rural and remote students. It aims to create a...

  2. Partnerships for schools, businesses and communities- Appendix 1 and 2, Final Study Report

    Created: 13 June 2013

  3. Partnerships for schools, businesses and communities- Appendix 3, Literature Review

    Created: 13 June 2013

  4. Partnerships for schools, businesses and communities- Appendix 4, Business survey

    Created: 13 June 2013

  5. Partnerships for schools, businesses and communities- Appendix 5, Schools’ survey analysis

    Created: 13 June 2013

  6. Partnerships for schools, businesses and communities- Appendix 6, Examples of school business relationships

    Created: 13 June 2013

  7. Partnerships for schools, businesses and communities- Evaluate to Grow

    Created: 13 June 2013

  8. Partnerships for schools, businesses and communities- Guiding Principles

    Created: 13 June 2013

  9. Partnerships for schools, businesses and communities- Guiding Principles Case Studies

    Created: 13 June 2013

  10. Partnerships for schools, businesses and communities- Guiding Principles poster

    Created: 13 June 2013

  11. Realising Potential: Businesses helping schools to develop Australia’s future

    Created: 13 June 2013

  12. Realising Potential: Businesses helping schools to develop Australia’s future- Australian Government response

    Created: 13 June 2013