Victorian Department of Education and Training

Raising Expectations: Improving education outcomes for young people in out-of-home care

In August 2019, the Victorian Department of Education and Training announced an additional $1,050,000 in funding to extend the Raising Expectations: Improving education outcomes for young people in out-of-home care project until December 2022. Previously, the Victorian Department of Education and Training provided $200,000 in funding for the project (2018 - 2019).

Originally funded by a Sidney Myer Fund Grant (2015-2018), the Raising Expectations project aims to increase the number of young people in care and care leavers accessing higher education and succeeding. The project is led by the Centre for Excellence in Child and Family Welfare (CFECFW), with La Trobe University and Federation University Australia as partners. Swinburne University also joined the project in 2018.

Led by Associate Professor Andrew Harvey, La Trobe University’s efforts on the project include: improving data capture on care leavers at the point of application and enrolment; increasing outreach to flexible learning schools and care(r) organisations; improving support for enrolled care leavers through the provision of bursaries and scholarships; raising awareness of the specific needs of care leavers as an equity group through the development and distribution of guidelines for university staff; and influencing institutional, state and national research and policy agendas.

The Raising Expectations project and La Trobe University’s Higher Education for Care Leavers Strategy have received a number of awards, including the ‘Equity and Opportunity’ category of the 2017 Australian Financial Review (AFR) Higher Education Awards, and the Education Initiative category of the 2018 Victorian Protecting Children Awards.

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