Ecumenical Schools Australia aims to actively improve access and equity in the co-educational experiences offered by members schools, and to promote excellence in the educational outcomes of their students.
Ecumenical Schools Australia is a registered public company limited by guarantee. The Board of Directors and Executive staff work together to establish goals, define policy, and establish working protocols.
The structure is unique in that the Company is controlled by its member schools, with the Board of Directors comprising a representative from each member school. This allows for a co-operative management style, preserving the individuality and autonomy of members, while still providing the benefits of belonging to a group. As a result, independent and diverse member schools enjoy the benefits of being part of a collective without losing their autonomy through membership—a unique position of being ‘systemically independent’.
There are three main points of focus:
- Learning: supporting members in their provision of valuable educational opportunities and experiences for their students and communities;
- Financial: maximising and sustaining levels of government funding for member schools;
- Protection: mitigating risk and supporting member schools in meeting their compliance obligations.
‘To ensure excellence, equity and diversity in co-educational experiences for our students’
Ecumenical Schools Australia strives for excellence, equity and access of education through:
- Supporting member schools in developing innovative learning and wellbeing programs for students;
- Providing a range of professional learning programs for staff of member schools that build their capacity as educators and leaders;
- Facilitating connections between member schools which foster collaboration, and understanding growth;
- Influencing government in the design of educational policy;
- Establishing robust systems, processes and structures to support member schools in executing their financial, operational and compliance obligations.
The Directors pledge to operate the company in accordance with civil law, fiduciary responsibilities, and principles of good governance.
Ecumenical Schools Australia members have clearly-stated commitment to the safety and wellbeing of children. They will not tolerate child abuse, and have procedures to protect children from maltreatment, and to respond consistently and compassionately to allegations in this area. Our schools are committed to promoting inclusivity and respect for cultural differences, and a safe environment for children with disabilities.