The Victorian Council of School Organisations Inc (VICCSO) is an independent organisation comprising affiliated school councils. VICCSO supports and promotes great practices in school governance and school-family-community partnerships as powerful ways to improve learning outcomes and life opportunities for all students. It also advocates for resources and support for public education.
VICCSO provides the support for the School Improvement and Governance Network, an on-line resource and toolkit for school councils and school communities.
Our view is that school improvement is always 'co-owned' in strong partnerships of school leaders, educators, parents, students and community members.
Through its school council affiliates, thousands of individuals participating in local partnerships are represented - including parents, students, principals and teachers.
VICCSO has been working with school committees, school councils and school communities for over eighty years.
VICCSO's mission statement is:
Supporting and promoting practical initiatives and a network for school improvement and governance.
Based on the good practices of schools and their communities, VICCSO focuses on promoting awareness, information and practical initiatives around four key areas:
To support and promote a broad network around school improvement and governance, we aspire to be:
“VICCSO provides schools and school councils with tremendous support, information, access to networks and ideas about innovation in education and learning”. School principal
“I value VICCSO for its information and guidance about how stronger partnerships between the principal, parents, teachers and students can make a real difference to a school community and to students’ learning outcomes”. Parent school council member
“VICCSO has long been a wonderful source of support for school councils and school communities. It helps schools to build stronger governance, stronger partnerships and stronger communities”. Teacher school council member