On average, Benalla kids do not do as well at school as students from other parts of the State. There is a lower level of expectation about how our kids will do at school because of the high level of social disadvantage experienced in Benalla.

Tomorrow:Today commenced researching this issue during 2007, taking two years to work with many organisations and experts, to develop a program of action to improve Benalla students’ educational outcomes. Our long term goal is that by 2030, the education and training completion rates for Benalla’s 17 to 24 year olds will equal or exceed the Victorian average for non-disadvantaged districts.

In relation to education, Benalla has a number of problems that are either the consequence of social disadvantage, or that increase levels of social disadvantage. To find out more, go to the report from the Education Program Community Advisory Committee, ‘Improving Benalla Student Outcomes October 31 2008’, at the bottom of the page.

The ‘Education Benalla Program Summary’ below decribes Tomorrow:Today Foundation's approach to achieving real change in educational attainment levels. It is a whole of community, long term (10 year) program that spans family, community and school life.

The Education Program aims to achieve significant and sustained improvement in:

• number of students completing Year 12 (VCE or VCAL)
• number of Benalla’s young people (17 to 20year olds) transitioning to tertiary education
• number of Benalla’s young people (18 to 24years) completing a diploma or degree
• number of Benalla’s young people successfully completing an apprenticeship

To achieve these improvements, the Program’s objectives are that:

• All Benalla & District children start school ready to learn
• Literacy and numeracy levels are measurably improved
• Student-assessed levels of wellbeing are improved to moderate or high
• Family and community raise expectations of students to go on to tertiary education and training.

As a community foundation, Tomorrow:Today is able to bring together everyone with an interest in Benalla’s kids. When public agencies, private business, local families, schools, local government, community groups and external philanthropy all work together, with the common focus of improving Benalla student outcomes, there’s an opportunity for real change.

The first five year phase of the Program began in 2010 with a "Foundation Year" establishing systems and projects; and ensuring 'dovetailing' with existing services. Funding during this period was donated locally by private citizens and the Victorian Department Education & Early Childhood Development (Hume Region) and through generous grants from philanthropic partners including the Ian Potter Foundation, R.E. Ross Trust, Perpetual Trustees, Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal, Yulgilbar Foundation, Rural Education Program, Newsboys and the Jack Brockhoff Foundation. Our sincere thanks to all our donors.

The program consists of four parts:
1. School readiness and early years (0 to 8 years) sub-program
2. Wellbeing of students (focus on teenagers) sub-program
3. Transition to tertiary education sub-program
4. Community Grants (small grants to community groups for projects that help address identified program issues).

Please contact our office if you are interested in helping to address disadvantage in Benalla district.

Together we will make a difference.


Report from Education Program Community Advisory Committee 2008.pdf (0.42 MB) - Last modified 1st December 2009
AGM presentation 2009.pdf (0.24 MB) - Last modified 1st December 2009
Discussion Paper Philanthropy in Public Education Nov 2007.pdf (0.26 MB) - Last modified 2nd December 2009
EarlyYears Homebased Literacy Program Design 2012.pdf (0.77 MB) - Last modified 3rd June 2012
Education Benalla Program2012 Evaluation Summary.pdf (0.79 MB) - Last modified 13th August 2013
Literature Review Education Social Disadvantage Aug 2007.pdf (0.42 MB) - Last modified 1st December 2009
Education Benalla Program Summary 2012.pdf (0.23 MB) - Last modified 23rd July 2012
Education Benalla Program Evaluation Summary Dec 2011.pdf (0.34 MB) - Last modified 24th January 2013