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Our Story 2017-11-20T04:53:38+00:00

Our role is to enhance the value and reputation of public education because we know a good public education system has the power to change lives and transform communities.

The Public Education Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to providing life changing scholarships to young people in public education, as well as their teachers and principals.

The Foundation for Public Education in NSW was created by the NSW Minister for Education in 2007 following an Australian Tax Office ruling allowing tax deductible philanthropic funds to support public education.  As a not-for-profit entity, the Foundation is able to accept donations from individuals trusts and businesses, based on its DGR (Deductible Gift Recipient) status. This has permitted public education in NSW to match the independent school sector in accessing philanthropic funds in support of students and teachers in public schools.

The Public Education Foundation doesn’t exist to do the job of government, but to support students with particular educational needs or talents – students who without extra help will struggle to reach their full potential. We focus on removing the barriers to achievement created by social and economic disadvantage, and on acknowledging and rewarding excellence. To celebrate excellence in our public schools, we also recognise high-achieving students through our academic scholarships.

We also support teachers, principals and other education leaders by providing them with the very best professional development on offer at universities around the world.

The Foundation is supported by the NSW Department of Education and works in collaboration with schools, communities, individuals, the private sector and government agencies to help students achieve their full potential and acknowledge teaching and learning excellence in the public education system.

Under the founding Constitution, the Public Education Foundation’s purpose is to:

  • Recognise that individual students draw support and encouragement from their families, their schools and the broader community;

  • Support students to achieve their potential at public schools;

  • Enhance the value and reputation of public school education;

  • Target support of the school community in ways which build on evidence;

  • Provide a tax exempt fund for community contributions to public education;

  • Work in collaboration with government, schools, communities and business to achieve the Foundation’s goals.

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