Did you know the number of suspensions in Primary School children has increased annually for the past five years?
According to a recent investigation published by SMH ‘NSW primary school suspensions skyrocket(link is external)‘ 18 February, 2018 by Pallavi Singhal and Nigel Gladstone.
“More than 7540 primary school suspensions were issued in NSW in 2016, up nearly 10 per cent from 6860 suspensions in 2014.”
“When looking at both primary and high school suspensions, schools in south-western Sydney recorded more than 9560 short and long suspensions in 2016, which is nearly four times more than any other part of Sydney.”
Though widely used, evidence shows suspension doesn’t improve behaviour but creates a host of undesirable outcomes including a less healthy school environment, lower academic achievement, disruptive or antisocial behaviour, and higher school dropout rates.
We know that additional risk factors such as socio-economic disadvantage and cultural isolation increase the likelihood of suspension, for male primary school students it’s up to 8x higher.
Alternative education programs can help children navigate, reengage and thrive in education despite high risk factors and initial setbacks in their learning.
Claymore has a significantly higher percentage of children who are developmentally vulnerable across all domains on the Australian Early Development Census compared to that of NSW and Australia.
Drawing from Claymore Primary Schools, Junior Rise, run by Save the Children, is an early intervention program that will support 24 children aged 8 to 11 into positive learning behaviours.
Participating in targeted group and individual pathways, children will:
Understand their strengths, self-worth and ability to achieve
Be motivated to navigate learning environments through self-regulation and self-awareness
Develop resilience with an accessible positive support network
A Gift of just…
$25 allows a child to develop trust through team building activities
$100 pays for 2 children to attend digital Storytelling: Identity building workshop
$1000 means each child can discover their strengths with an individual learning plan
Project Funding Goal = $22,000
SMH, Feb 18,2018 – ‘NSW primary school suspensions skyrocket’(link is external), Reported by Pallavi Singhal and Nigel Gladstone
Caroline.Fonda@SydneyCommunityFoundation.org.au | M. 0431 747 031