Lalor North Primary School is located in the North of Melbourne, and currently has 335 enrolled students. Of these students, 255 are from an EAL background making up 87% of the student body, with the predominant cultural and linguistic backgrounds being Arabic, Farsi, Somali, Macedonian and Greek.
As part of RESP the school identified that students from refugee backgrounds required additional support to complete their homework and build their confidence to learn. There was also a need to build the capacity of families to support their children’s learning at home and increase family engagement in the school community. Based on these needs, the school decided that students would most benefit from a project focused on both student and family engagement.