The Country Areas Program (CAP) is an equity program designed to assist students and their communities to enhance the learning outcomes and educational opportunities for students in geographically isolated areas.
Educational research recognises that students attending primary and secondary schools in geographically isolated areas have less access to educational opportunities than metropolitan students.
Country Areas Program resources are provided to improve student outcomes through curriculum access and enhancement, student engagement and peer interaction, and connected learning for geographically isolated students.
The availability of contemporary Information, Communication and Technologies (ICT) with the capacity and expertise of educational practitioners in rural regions and across the education technology network means that these areas can be more effectively addressed now than ever before.
The Country Areas Program in NSW includes both government and non-government schools. These guidelines are to provide advice for NSW Government schools.