The Refugee Education Support Program (RESP) is a key component of Foundation House’s work with schools. More than 120 schools in Victoria have participated in RESP since it began in 2012, resulting in sustainable benefits.

RESP is delivered in partnership with the Department of Education and Training (DET) and the Centre for Multicultural Youth (CMY), and in collaboration with the Catholic Education Commission of Victoria (CECV) and Independent Schools Victoria (ISV).

RESP assists schools to identify and implement strategies through:
  • Auditing current activities and developing whole-school action plans.
  • Professional learning workshops for school staff.
  • Mentoring and secondary consultations.
  • Facilitating family and community engagement.
  • Developing partnerships with services and agencies, and community organisations.
  • Establishing outside-school-hours learning support programs.

In Melbourne, and regional and rural Victoria, participating schools are grouped in geographical clusters that run for two years. The schools work together around their action plans by meeting once a term to workshop their practices and progress.