What’s the news?
As of today (Wednesday 27 July 2016), a total of $1 million in education grants is being made available to Australian education program providers through the Learning Impact Fund.
What is the Learning Impact Fund?
The key aim of the Learning Impact Fund is to identify, fund, rigorously evaluate and scale Australia’s most effective education programs. The Learning Impact Fund connects education program developers with leading academic research institutions.
Who is in charge of the Fund?
The Learning Impact Fund is designed by Evidence for Learning (E4L), a social enterprise incubated by Social Ventures Australia (SVA) and supported by the Commonwealth Bank of Australia and the Education Endowment Foundation (UK) as founding partners. It aims to make great education practice common practice. Operating nationally across all sectors of the Australian education system, E4L enables and supports evidence-informed education practice in Australian schools.
E4L builds, shares and encourages use of evidence of what works in schools to improve student outcomes. The organisation’s vision is an Australia where evidence-informed approaches improve learning for 5-18 year olds, so that all children, regardless of background, make the best possible progress.
It is hoped that the Learning Impact Fund will help E4L achieve its vision, providing an avenue for promising programs to be funded and evaluated, and potentially scaled, so that all students, regardless of background, can achieve to the very best of their ability.
Who is eligible for the education grants?
There are two grant rounds open with a total of $1 million available. The first round is open to any education programs designed to improve the academic achievement of children in Australia, while the second round is for programs focused on building resilience skills in students in Victorian schools. The resilience round is a co-investment between VicHealth, which has contributed $100,000 for program implementation, and E4L, which will contribute up to $50,000 for evaluation.
E4L invites education program developers to apply for both grant rounds, including non-profit and for-profit organisations, Catholic education offices, charities, universities, government bodies and social enterprises.
What does this have to do with Commonwealth Bank?
We are one of the founding partners of E4L and its Learning Impact Fund. Why? Because we want to see Australia’s most effective education programs delivered to more children, and E4L aims to do just that. The benefits of evidence-based, effective education programs are many and varied – they can help upskill our teachers, provide more opportunities for our kids, and yield more economic advantages for our country.
Where can I find out more about the Learning Impact Fund?
There is plenty more information on the Learning Impact Fund, and other E4L initiatives, at the Evidence for Learning website.