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The Public Education Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to providing life-changing scholarships to young people in public education and enhancing the value and reputation of public schools.

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Our life-changing  scholarships help students overcome barriers to achievement created by social and economic disadvantage. We also reward academic achievement in our public schools.

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“RISE” Program Launched

Youth Talent Program Supported by Eric and Wendy Schmidt Seeks Extraordinary 15-17-Year-Olds Committed to Tackling World’s Most Pressing Issues Schmidt Futures and Rhodes Trust, supported by Australia’s Public Education Foundation, launch Global “Rise” Program to find the Next Generation of Leaders and Support them for Life. Schmidt Futures, in partnership with [...]

Why not read the Gallop Inquiry instead? The answers are increasing teacher salaries and responding to increasing work complexity with more planning time and systemic support.

Today is World Art Day, a celebration to promote the development, diffusion and enjoyment of art. 🎨
We thought it was a great excuse to share some of the beautiful art from our schools across the state. 🖌️


Wonderful to join @mscott to celebrate and recognise the national treasurer that is Dorothy Hoddinott - conferred with a Doctor of Letters the University of Sydney - such a powerful education and social justice advocate!


Ms Dorothy Hoddinott AO was awarded an honorary doctorate. @PEFOZ is very proud to be managing the Friends of Zainab scholarship fund for refugee students that she established while she was the principal in Holroyd High School. @davidheth @kagyandscotto

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The Public Education Foundation is supported by a wide range of government, philanthropic, and private sector partners as well as individual donors. We thank them for their generosity.

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