Supporting Australian schools to build global engagement

Supporting growth and sustainability in international engagement in the Australian school sector.

Australian schools are an important part of our national policy of engagement with the wider world. They play a key role in building internationally-minded young people, citizens, and communities now and into Australia’s future.

Global engagement supports Australian schools and communities to live, learn, and work in a globally connected world, where respect for cultural diversity combines with a desire for a more just and ecologically sustainable world. The Federal Department of Education identified that schools needed to be able to draw on good practice examples and information, which could guide and inspire them to build global engagement. The Supporting Australian Schools to Build Global Engagement project was commissioned to meet this need.

The Monash research team set out to identify and synthesise existing resources and best practice examples from across the sector to create a dynamic, accessible Toolkit (pdf) of information and advice. In the development of this interactive Toolkit, our team employed a proven methodology underpinned by peer identification and evaluation of good practice. It conducted desktop research, drew on the expertise and guidance of an advisory Reference Group representing major peak bodies, and consulted relevant stakeholders from schools, governments and professional bodies across the country.

Recently approved for release by Minister Dan Tehan, the Toolkit provides information on matters such as school partnerships, study tours, student and teacher exchanges, use of innovation and education technology, immersive cultural and language learning experiences and more.

Download toolkit