Move it Together (Movito) is a joint project initiated by Vivent Foundation, Australia with SYNE to help and ensure every kid in Australia having access to educational content.
1 in 6 Australian children and young people are facing disadvantages in education due to poverty, low income familes, uneducated parent and more. When the families are experiencing financial disadvantage children can fall behind with their learning, leaving them more vulnerable to experiencing hardship themselves later in the life.
Over 1.1 million Australian children and young people are negatively getting affected on their school life as they are less likely to achieve the educational outcomes that limits their overall life outcomes, passing on disadvantage to the next generation.
Research shows children and young people living in disadvantage have access to fewer books and learning materials in the home. Access to support and resources forms the foundation for learning. In many cases, the parents of disadvantaged children may not have the skills or experience to support their child’s education. As these children get older, they have fewer role models, and access to mentors and networks that are critical for creating educational opportunities to help them build their aspirations and be motivated to learn.
Disadvantaged students are on average 2 to 3 years behind in reading and maths by the time they are 15 years old. The year 12 completion rates are significantly lower (60%) for students from low socio economic backgrounds than for students from high socio economic backgrounds (90%).
Every year NAPLAN results provides insights to the education sector. This annual test of our students’ literacy and numeracy skills shows that not much has changed since 2011. It is particularly useful to track their performance against the writing assessment task, as all the grade levels are marked against the same ten assessment criteria. Depending upon how they perform against each assessment criterion, they are assigned a Band level – ranging from Band 1, the lowest, to Band 10, the highest.
A gifted and talented Year 3 student could easily achieve a Band 6 or above, and it is conceivable a struggling Year 9 student may only reach a Band 2. Year 9 students across Australia were below benchmark in writing. Back in Year 3, only 2.8% of them were below benchmark. The high-performing states of New South Wales, Victoria and the ACT cannot claim immunity from this startling increase in students falling behind as they progress through school. So this is now becoming a nationwide problem.
On numeracy, more than 75 per cent of students will be taught maths by an out-of-field teacher at least once between years 7 and 10, and up to 38 per cent of secondary maths classes are taught by teachers who aren't trained in the subject, analysis by the Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute has found.
WHY IS EDUCATION SO IMPORTANT?
Research shows that completing Year 12 (or equivalent) increases a young person’s likelihood of continuing with further study, as well as entering the workforce.It also leads to higher annual earnings for individuals, greater community involvement and economic benefits for the country as a whole.
Not completing Year 12 can lead to increased crime and poorer health outcomes among early school leavers, nationally lower levels of productivity, reduced quality of the labour force, increased unemployment and lower growth in income tax collections.
How can we raise expectations of our students and the quality and challenge of the literacy work we do with them. It’s time to change tack. Our attention needs to focus on developing the deep comprehension skills of our upper-primary and high school students. And our teachers need – and want – the resources and the professional learning to help them do this.
How to improve their numeracy skills? It isn’t the basics that are missing in Australian education; it is challenge and complexity. We are introducing a technology based learning platform which will be absolutely free for low socio economic backgrounds and will be available to high socio economic backgrounds for less than a coffee price per school term.
We will be focused on building a world class tool which will ensure children and young people are engaged, participated fully in their education by providing innovative, evidence-based programs and emotional, practical and support throughout their schooling and tertiary education. This will give disadvantaged students the skills, motivation and essentials to stay in school and get the most from their education so they can create a better future for themselves.
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