Local students and families will benefit from dedicated engagement officers, first-rate early childhood facilities and increased opportunities for adult education, with Carlton Primary School set to share in $15 million that will support a new partnership with the Colman Foundation.

The Our Place initiative will help integrate early childhood, school and adult education services, giving families access to a range of education and support services at a single convenient location, set to open in 2019.

Carlton Primary School is one of five new schools across the state to take part in Our Place. This follows the initiative’s success at Doveton College, where the creation of a single learning community in 2012 helped boost kinder participation, student outcomes and attendance, and improve local adult engagement in education.

The Colman Foundation will provide an average of $300,000 per year per school site in staff and support over the next 10 years under the partnership, with the Andrews Labor Government ensuring those schools involved have first-rate early childhood facilities.

The partnership will see engagement officers to work with schools, the Department of Education and Training, local councils, and early childhood and adult education providers to help local families and children of all ages engage in education.

Other schools involved are Morwell Central Primary School, Seymour College, Robinvale P-12 and Bridgewood Primary School.

The Colman Foundation is a philanthropic organisation striving for improved social outcomes. It has built strong relationships with many government agencies, local government, service providers and other philanthropic organisations to place education at the heart of disadvantaged communities.

Carlton Primary School received $10 million from the Victorian Government to undergo a school modernisation project, featuring a new co-located early learning and family services centre. The City of Melbourne has contributed $4.9 million for the early learning centre and community facilities, and is part of the Our Place Carlton Primary School site partnership.

 Quote attributable to Member for Northern Metropolitan Region Jenny Mikakos

“This is a creating a vital hub for the Carlton community, which will enable a range of professionals to work together to deliver education, care, health and support services to local children and their families.”

Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino

“The Our Place partnership with the Colman Foundation will give communities access to early childhood, family health and wellbeing services, and adult learning opportunities at their local school.”

“This initiative has a proven track record of boosting student results, improving kinder attendance and helping more parents get the training they need to get ahead – and we expect to see the same positive results at the new school communities involved.”