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Step up into Education

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​​​​Purpose​

To assist selected primary state schools to improve children’s transition from early childhood settings into schooling through a focus on effective partnerships and best practice approaches to early years curriculum and pedagogy.

The initiative supports schools to develop and implement transition practices that build ongoing relationships between early years providers, educators, children and families, and deliver transition programs to suit the needs of their local communities.

Guidelines for implementation​ provides guidance to selected schools to participate in the targeted, evidence-informed initiative​.

The School Improvement Model provides a common language and process for participating schools to establish and review initiatives during the four year period from 2021–2024.

Step up into Education strategies should be reported in the schools' Annual Implementation Plan.

Duration of program

2021–2024

Eligibility

Selected state primary schools

Allocation of funds

Selected s​potlight schools will receive an initial set-up payment of $83,671 in 2021, $76,094 in 2022, $50,722 in 2023 and $42,415 in 2024. An additional seven selected Transition adopter schools will receive a payment of $37,780 in 2023 and $32,415 in 2024.

Payment details

TypeTimeProportion
AnnualMarch100%
Professional development – on successful application​In-line with the monthly payment scheduleDetermined in the application​​

Data requirements

The ​schools have been selected by a panel comprising of central officers in partnership with regions through an application process. Schools meet specific selection criteria based on data sources, including:

  1. Australian Early Development Census data
  2. number of Prep enrolments
  3. accessibility to and relationships with the kindergarten, Early Years Centre or Children and Family Centre.

How to apply

Schools do not need to apply for funding. Funding is allocated to schools approved under the program and annual payments will automatically be paid to those schools each year.

Further information

For further information, please visit Step up into Education (2021–2024).

Contact

State Schools Performance
Phone: (07) 3034 5162

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Last updated 01 March 2023