Ardoch delivers education support programs to increase engagement in education, build aspirations and enhance learning outcomes for vulnerable children.
Learn about our approach to keeping children safe.
Work for Ardoch.
Strategy 2025 sets out five strategic priorities for Ardoch to focus on as we work towards our vision.
Ardoch’s history – 30 years of impact.
Ardoch’s Annual and Financial Reports.
The team at Ardoch work tirelessly every day to drive our mission forward and support more children in disadvantaged communities.
The philanthropic, corporate and community partners who support our programs.
Ardoch delivers educational programs to children in disadvantaged communities. Our programs promote literacy and STEM learnings and enhance student aspirations by broadening their horizons.
Ardoch’s Literacy Support provides early intervention programs to improve the literacy and language skills of children in their crucial early and primary school years.
STEM Support provides a suite of programs to foster children’s STEM skills in fun, engaging and relevant ways.
Ardoch’s Broadening Horizons programs provide a range of unique and engaging learning and life experiences.
Ardoch uses an outcomes framework that is common to all of our programs to measure the impact of our work.
Ardoch School Costs Guide.
We measure our program outcomes using a range of methodologies and conduct internal and external evaluations to assess the impact of our programs.
Ardoch partners with schools that are identified as needing educational support.
Published external research and evaluation reports.
Volunteers are central to Ardoch’s work. We offer opportunities to volunteer individually or as part of a workplace.
Over the year Ardoch offers different events that our supporters can attend or sponsor.
Become a corporate partner and help improve the educational outcomes for children and young people in disadvantaged communities.
Leaving a gift to Ardoch in your Will is an especially thoughtful and valued form of support.
Ardoch relies on the generosity of its supporters to help every child realise their potential. We offer several different ways to fundraise for Ardoch.
If you become a regular donor, your monthly donation will provide important, ongoing funding that will help every child realise their potential.
Ardoch relies on the generosity of philanthropy, corporate partners and the community to deliver our programs.
Unfortunately, there are many children who face barriers to education, through no fault of their own. These barriers to education may include:
Unemployment and financial stress Unemployment and financial stress is something that could impact any family. Not having a stable income can directly impact a child’s education if their family is unable to afford resources needed for their education, including (but not limited to) school supplies, uniforms or even internet connection. Families experiencing financial stress are also likely to not be able to afford additional educational support for their child if needed, such as private tutoring, Occupational Therapy or other supports available outside of school. Children may miss out on rich learning experiences gained through school excursions and things such as camps.
In addition, poverty is a massive issue in Australia. According to the ACOSS (Australian Council of Social Service) and UNSW Poverty in Australia 2020 report, 774,000 children (17.7 per cent of all children in Australia) live below the poverty line. The statistics are shocking, but show just part of the large number of children who face financial barriers to education.
Language barriers Language barriers (for the student or for the student’s parents) can impact a child’s education if there are challenges with communicating with the school or teacher. Parents or guardians with language barriers may also lack confidence to be able to effectively help and support their child with homework. Children’s own confidence can also suffer and can be a barrier to class participation and engagement in learning.
Domestic violence or trauma A child living in a traumatic environment, or one impacted by domestic violence or drugs and alcohol abuse, will likely not have a stable or predictable home environment for supportive learning and study.
For children who don’t live in a safe or supportive environment, or whose family has been impacted by financial stress, trauma or one of the other many barriers to education, the priority of education can easily fall through the gaps. In fact, one in three children in Australia’s most disadvantaged communities start school developmentally vulnerable, which is why educational programs for children in disadvantaged communities are so vital.
If you would like to help improve educational outcomes for children and young people in disadvantaged communities, please visit the Ardoch website for details on how to volunteer.