Our research and policy work in this area has included:

  • contributing to the Brotherhood submissions to government including the State Schools Funding Review
  • establishing strong links with university partners engaged in teacher training in order to promote skills that enable schools to better cater for the needs of the disadvantaged learners
  • examining complementary, yet alternative, education options for young people

Featured project

Gauging the value of flexible learning options

George Myconos wrote Chapter 3 'Identifying the defining features of flexible learning options' in the final report 

Sue McGinty, Kimberley Wilson, Joseph Thomas and Brian Lewthwaite (eds) 2018 Gauging the value of education for disenfranchised youth: flexible learning options, Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands

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Other research

Community attitudes to education in the Colac Otway Shire

Our small study in Colac Otway Shire in western Victoria aimed to explore local assumptions that poorer educational outcomes are related to the ways that communities value or undervalue education.

Read the report:

George Myconos and Angela McKenna 2017, Community attitudes to education in the Colac Otway Shire (PDF, 220 KB)

Project REAL design and evaluation

Missing out on primary school can prevent young people from developing the foundational skills they need to successfully transition to secondary school. the Brotherhood's researchers are contributing to the design and evaluation of Project REAL (Re-engagement in Education and Learning).

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The Brotherhood of St Laurence (BSL) acknowledges and understands its obligations under the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and recognises that all children and young people have the right to be treated with respect and care, and to be safe from all forms of abuse. BSL has a zero tolerance towards child abuse.
Read the official statement signed by the Executive Director.

The Brotherhood recognises the harm that family violence causes and that freedom from violence is a basic human right.
We will support our staff, volunteers, clients and the community if they experience violence.

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Australian Aboriginal flag, a yellow circle on two horizontal black and red stripes

The Brotherhood of St Laurence acknowledges and recognises the Traditional Owners of the land upon which we live and work, and we pay our respects to their Elders both past and present.

Torres Strait Islander flag, an icon of a traditional headdress on blue, black and green stripes