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Parents in Education funding for school and preschool communities

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Parents in Education (PIE) funding of up to $5,000 is available for parent engagement projects. It's open to government schools and preschools.

The funding is for projects that help parents and carers:

  • get involved in their child’s education
  • support learning at home through positive relationships with schools.

Applicants need to show a parent-led process and show connection to parents throughout the project.

2023 applications

Applications for the 2023 school year are closed.

South Australian government schools and preschools who have submitted an application will be advised of the outcome in term 1, 2023.

Applicants can contact us to find out more about the applications and assessment process.

How the funding could help your community

If you’re interested in applying, these examples could inspire you:

  • Parents and children build a school garden and use it to teach numeracy and literacy by counting vegetables, measuring seed rows and naming what they see.
  • Engage parents in cooking classes for healthy eating, learning to measure and cook fresh and delicious food.
  • Work with families and the local community to bring singing and movement into their home life, building children’s phonics awareness.

Examples of previous PiE funding projects

Teachers, parents, carers and students at the Adelaide Secondary School of English. Adelaide Secondary School of English used $2,700 to run workshops with new arrival families about how to access essential services.

Connecting families and schools through art, Carlton School, $4,600

This school worked with an Aboriginal Elder and artist to create artwork for the school. The artist worked with families to depict their stories. This helped the school build links with Aboriginal families through story and art.

The artwork, displayed outside, now welcomes all families when they come to the school.

Improving movement skills in young children, Moonta Kindergarten, $1,000

This kindergarten will hold a workshop for parents – run by a local physiotherapist. There will be ideas, activities and games for families to do together at home. It covers everyday skills like running, jumping, balancing and catching.

The kindergarten will work with families so the knowledge can also be shared in the local community.

Helping families access essential services, Adelaide Secondary School of English, $2,700

This school created a series of 4 workshops for new arrival families. Parents learn practical strategies for all sorts of things, including health appointments, school safety, and financial support. Families and staff can also connect and learn from each other.

The workshops are led by the department’s community liaison officers. This means the workshops are sensitive to cultural and religious needs.

Teaching Auslan to parents and students, community school, $2,000

This school created a parent education session around Auslan. Auslan is the main sign language in the Australian Deaf community.

Aside from learning a language, this session is a way for families to learn about what it might be like to have a disability or be Deaf.

The session is a way to extend the Auslan learning from the classroom to the family home. The school hopes it will reach the wider community too.

Creating parent packs to improve literacy, high school, $2,025

This school created resource packs for parents and carers. The packs are helpful when parents:

  • have lower literacy levels
  • want to be more involved with their child’s learning at home.

There are games and activities that help families and students learn phonics skills together.

Understanding how children learn to read and spell, primary school, $2,000

This school is hosting a series of workshops for parents and carers. The workshops explain how children learn literacy.

Families had contacted the school and asked for help understanding how literacy works. They wanted to know how they can help their children at home.

It’s also a way to strengthen the school’s place in the community as a source of information and support for families.

Parent Engagement

For questions about getting involved in your child's learning.

Email: education.ParentEngagement [at] sa.gov.au


Learning at Home

For questions or comments about the learning at home lessons.

Email: learningathome [at] sa.gov.au