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Jacqui Hamblin

Year of Award: 2015 Award State: Western Australia Education > General
The Barbara Matthews Churchill Fellowship to investigate sustainable and successful models of Full Service Schools - USA, Canada, UK
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KEYS TO SUCCESS AND SUSTAINABILITY

Site Coordination and more specifically, a specific person to fulfil that role, was emphasised everywhere I travelled. I was left in no doubt that a good Community School Coordinator was the linchpin to the success of a community school!

Partnerships built on mutual respect and understanding, with the key focus of improved outcomes for students and their families, are essential.

Health and Social Services provided on site where possible, at no or minimal cost, to address areas of need that would otherwise present a barrier to learning.

Extended Hours and Learning keeps students actively and purposefully engaged before and after school, and during holiday times, applying their learning from in-class subjects. They are in a safe environment and are often times provided with a nutritious meal that, in some cases, they have the opportunity to prepare themselves.

Parent and Family Innovations that truly engage families in the education of their children and school-life generally, assists in building the capacity of families to support their children and themselves. Programs include adult education classes which can include parenting skills, literacy and numeracy tuition and leadership training programs.

Data Collection to assess the success of interventions, and as evidence to attract further funding support, is essential.

Funding is a constant issue that requires ongoing attention and the ability to braid together funds from a number of different sources.

Consultation, Advocacy and Innovation from the National Center for Community Schools, and the Coalition of Community Schools, are essential. They provide resources to, conduct research for, and represent the benefits of Community Schools on an international platform. 

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