Northcote Education Program

Northcote Education Program

The Northcote Education Program commenced operation in February 2021 and provides reading and learning opportunities for children attending the St Josephs’ Primary school in Northcote.

The club operates on Wednesdays after school each week of the Victorian school term, from 3.30-4.30pm. The program is a free educational service providing assistance to students from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. The program assists students with literacy and reading as well as general social, emotional and academic support. 

This holistic approach helps to improve overall educational outcomes. Our paid coordinator and trained volunteers provide a friendly learning environment. The education program team aims to improve the learning skills and attitudes of students, increase confidence when interacting with adult volunteers and peers, encourage collaboration, promote social inclusion, develop a growth mindset and showcase best learning practices.

Who can access the Northcote Education Program?

Any student enrolled at St Joseph’s primary school is welcome to join the education program that focuses on reading. We help a range of students from various backgrounds, cultures and with differing learning needs. Most of our students are from families that speak English as an additional language (EAL). There is a maximum of 45 students permitted in the program.

Where is the service located?

St Joseph’s primary school, 39 James Street, Northcote 
Wednesday 3.15pm - 4.30pm (Students)
Wednesday 3.00pm - 4.45pm (Volunteers) 

Who benefits from the Northcote Education Program?

Students who attend the program have the opportunity to develop social, emotional and academic skills as part of a positive learning experience. In our participant surveys, students’ report that the volunteers who work in the program help them to improve academic results, increase social and academic confidence, and develop better friendships and social involvement. Students have reported feeling better about their reading and understanding of characters in books. Many students discuss how happy they are when they see the regular volunteers each week. 

Can I help?

We are always happy to hear from people who want to volunteer. If you are someone who has a growth mindset (the belief that talents can be developed through hard work), loves learning and has the skills to support a young person develop a love of learning please, contact us. We have volunteer places for general volunteers and specialists who love reading to young people.

How can I find out more?

The HR volunteer recruitment team at our Victorian central office is always happy to help, so if you have any questions, please phone 1300 736 933 or email