Parent-school gap bridged in Australian first

by Heather Jane28 May 2015

SchoolMate, the ground-breaking new app announced on Friday by Victorian Minister for Education, James Merlino, will allow parents, carers and guardians to know more about what their child is learning in school.

The app was developed following research by the Department of Education and Training (DET) which found that parents in regional parts of the state wanted to know more about what their children were learning at school.

Information available to parents via the app will include:
  • advice to parents about what more they can do at home to help their child learn
  • ideas for books and apps which parents can download, borrow or buy which are related to their child’s school work
  • information about the range of subjects and levels available in each subject – from Prep to Year 10, according to the Victorian AusVELS curriculum
The History Teachers Association of Victoria, the Maths Teachers Association of Victoria and some of the state’s principals and teachers provided information for the app, which was unveiled on Friday.

“We’re supporting innovative ways to give our students more opportunities and to help them achieve their best,” Merlino said in a statement.

"This new app will allow parents to know more about their child's education, giving greater guidance on how they can help them to learn."

Jenny Mikakos, Minister for Families and Children, called the app a "fantastic resource" for parents of kindergarten children who wanted to get more engaged in what their child would soon be learning in school.

“SchoolMate will be a fantastic resource for kinder parents who want to find out more about what their child will soon be learning in school,” Mikakos said.

The app is compatible with iPhone, iPad and Android phones and tablets and is available for free download in the App Store and Google Play.