The Links to Learning Community Grants Program is administered by the NSW Department of Education. The Department provides funding to NSW based approved, not-for-profit, non-government community based organisations and local government authorities to deliver targeted projects to compulsory aged (Year 6 - Year 11) students at risk of disengaging from learning and/or at risk of leaving school early.
Objectives of the Links to Learning Community Grants Program
Key objectives of the Links to Learning Community Grants Program include:
1. CONNECT– schools identify appropriate students in partnership with funded organisations. Other agencies may be aware of students who would benefit from this support. However, all referrals must be made through a participating school.
2. ENGAGE – students are actively engaged in meaningful activities delivered by the funded organisations.
3. LEARN – students are provided with learning opportunities aimed at improving their education, employment and life skills. The delivery of recognised credentials is an important part of many courses.
4. PLAN – individualised plans are developed collaboratively with students to identify goals and strategies for their transition from Links to Learning projects to their base school.
5. TRANSITION – students are supported in implementing their individual plan for successfully transitioning from Links to Learning projects to their base school.
Links to Learning projects are targeted to support the following student groups:
. Students transition from Year 6 to Year 7 who have been identified the learning and support team or welfare team as being at risk of disengaging from their learning and where there are concerns that the students will not make a successful transition to high school.
. Students in Year 7 to 11 who have been identified by the learning and support team or welfare team as being at risk of disengaging fro their learning and/or at risk of leaving school early.
Links to Learning projects are spread geographically across the Department of Education's four Operational Directorates