Partnering to support strong student outcomes

We understand that the needs of students can vary significantly within the classroom and teachers face competing demands on their time. That’s why Ardoch works with education partners around the country to support thousands of children and young people to enhance their learning outcomes.

In order to address the impacts of educational disadvantage in communities, Ardoch:
  • Trains and mobilises education volunteers
  • Delivers a range of programs to enhance;
    • Literacy
    • STEM
    • Wellbeing
    • Confidence and Social Skills
    • Career Aspirations
    • Educational Engagement

Where we work

Ardoch works alongside schools with an ICSEA (Index of Community Socio-educational Advantage) value below 1000. We deliver programs in Melbourne’s north, west and southeast and have expanded to Sydney’s west, as well as Brisbane, Perth and regional Victoria.

Our programs

Our programs are designed to help meet curriculum requirements and the FISO/NSW Wellbeing Framework.

We work closely with schools and early years partners to deliver programs that address the needs of students, understanding that such needs may vary significantly between the communities we work with.

What is play-based learning? | Ardoch

Education Volunteers

Ardoch’s Education Volunteers are placed into early years centres, primary and secondary school classrooms and provide one-on-one or group literacy support.


Inequality: a barrier to education | Ardoch

Writer in Residence

Published authors deliver book-writing workshops to students at our partner primary schools. Children develop skills in writing, composition, and individual expression through creativity.


Student and big buddy looking at projects on the wall

Literacy Buddies®

Classes of primary school students (little buddies) are matched with workplace volunteers (big buddies) to improve literacy and inspire learning through the art of letter writing.


The importance of numeracy

Numeracy Buddies

Classes of primary school students (little buddies) are matched with workplace volunteers (big buddies) from STEM fields and work together to solve maths problems through an online blog.



Age-appropriate robotics kits and tech boxes are provided to partner schools, enabling students opportunities to learn coding, engineering and problem-solving in an applied context.


Broadening Horizons’ STEM Programs

Students are given opportunities to engage in STEM inquiry through science-focused incursions and excursions.


Broadening Horizons’ Culture, Social and Wellbeing

Students engage in a range of activities that support competencies in wellbeing and physical health, as well as exposing them to greater cross-cultural experiences.


Pathways Beyond School – Learning through lunch

Hospitality industry visits that involve a class of students attending a two-course fine dining experience and spending quality time with professional volunteers who share their career stories and life experiences.


Pathways Beyond School – You-niversity

Partner universities invite students to visit a campus where they can meet the academics, hear from university students, participate in activities related to university life and take a tour.


Pathways Beyond School – Industry Visits

Students get to visit industry workplaces to learn about the skills and training required in sectors with future employment growth. Industries they visit and learn about include retail, hospitality, technology, automotive and the health sector.


Pathways Beyond School – Speed Careers

Secondary and senior primary school students are connected with a variety of professionals to increase students’ awareness and understanding of the range of study and career pathways available to them.


Pathways Beyond School – Mock Interviews

In preparation for the competitive job market, young people participate in formal interview simulations with professional volunteer mentors, helping to build their communications skills, agility and confidence when interviewing for jobs.

Costs and Inclusions

Ardoch utilises funding and support from a range of sources to help make these programs as affordable as possible for the schools we partner with.  We provide three packages to meet the specific needs of schools. Our Education Partnership Coordinators are happy to explore options to see what might best fit these needs.

Please note where a school has multiple campuses each campus will need to have a separate membership

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“We had the best time and we are so grateful for being allowed to participate in this amazing program.”


“I believe the day was a big success. Thank you for arranging this day- great experience for our students. Once again thank you so much for the amazing opportunities you are giving our students!”

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