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Eurest | Geographical spread |  10 March 2016


Living in the middle of the outback or in a city, every child in Australia gets the same education. Incredible things happen when people think beyond geographical boundaries.

No matter how remote their home, every child in Australia receives the same education thanks to the School of the Air. It was founded in 1948 by an on-the-ball former inspector of schools who realised children living in the outback all knew how to use the radio network established by the Royal Flying Doctor Service. Previously, outback children made do with whatever their parents could provide, or had to go to a boarding school, far away from home.

The largest catchment area in the world
And with that one bright idea, the School of the Air came about — using the radio network to give children access to teachers and a comprehensive education. Things carried on in this way until 2009, when the School of the Air started providing on-air lessons over the internet, using an interactive two-way broadband satellite network.

Today, the School of the Air covers all remote homesteads, isolated schools and indigenous settlements in Australia; it gives a whole new meaning to ‘catchment area’, dealing with an expanse of 1.5 million square kilometres. 

Overcoming geographical boundaries
Each student receives one half-hour lesson a day and then a home study schedule. Their satellite-broadband connection means that students can have a real-time experience of education, even down to the in-class banter.

Even though students have far less contact time with their teachers and their classmates, the standard of education provided by the School of the Air has been found to be as good, if not better, than that obtained by 'normal' classroom schooling. Location truly is no barrier to the quality of learning.

Sky-high standards of service
At Eurest, no matter how remote your business, you'll get the same high standards of service from us and access to our competitive pricing.

We use the buying power and global reach we have as part of the Compass Group family to benefit every one of our customers. This means you can relax, knowing that you’ll get the same excellent service levels and value from us, no matter where you’re based — we always keep our standards and value sky-high.

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