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In April 2017, the Victorian Government announced a long-term plan to transform education in Shepparton. This Shepparton Education Plan looks at learning from birth to post-secondary, and the first phase focused on what can be done to transform secondary school education.

Identifying opportunities to improve

In June 2017, we asked the community to tell us about the key challenges facing young people in the area. We knew that outcomes in the local community are well below the National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) state averages for both reading and numeracy.

To understand how education outcomes could improve, we ran a three-week conversation with the community that included:

  • nine workshops and meetings, which saw more than 200 community members attend, including students, parents, teachers, early learning centre staff and community groups
  • 185 people filling out an online survey
  • more than 4,750 individual comments, which were read and grouped into themes.
What we heard

As a community, you highlighted the varied and complex issues young people face in the area.

Your feedback identified the need for improved pathways to tertiary education and local industry, increasing the limited breadth and depth of subject choice, encouraging sharing of information and resources across schools, and reducing competition between schools for enrolments.

We also noted that you wanted local schools to:

  • improve student learning by enhancing teacher capabilities, upgrading physical learning spaces, and rethinking current provision
  • address the needs of every young person in Shepparton, particularly those who have experienced trauma or have a disability, and place a greater emphasis on individualised learning
  • ensure that our best and brightest have every opportunity to excel
  • give students a broader range of skills, experiences and options for the future, and to make learning more engaging, raise aspirations and improve pathways for life after school.

To read the full report for this conversation, read the Shepparton Education Plan – Phase one community engagement report

The conversation with the community continued later in the year, see: Late 2017 conversation