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  • 27 April 2018

    CEDA: New evidence to break the cycle of educational disadvantage

    Australian children from low-socioeconomic backgrounds are at risk of poor educational outcomes from their first year of school. This risk increases as they move through sc...

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  • 09 April 2018

    Australian Financial Review: Time for the Unique Student Identifier

    Each year in Australia, billions of dollars and a massive effort from individuals and organisations are invested in school education. But to what end? Over the past two dec...

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  • 26 March 2018

    The Conversation: Low attendance in Year 7 may mean you are less likely to finish school

    A study of more than 30,000 students has confirmed the link between improving school attendance rates in Year 7 and the likelihood of completing high school.   

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  • 05 June 2018

    Urgent funding needed for education support programs to help disadvantaged children stay at school

    Children’s education charity The Smith Family has launched its 2018 Winter Appeal to help thousands of disadvantaged young Australians break the cycle of poverty through v...

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  • 17 May 2018

    Volunteers helping to transform the lives of children in need through education

    It can take as little as an hour a week of someone’s time to help a child succeed at school – and for thousands of disadvantaged children ...

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  • 30 April 2018

    New Gonski report: welcome focus on parental engagement and building evidence base to improve student outcomes

    The Smith Family, Australia’s largest children’s education charity, welcomes the focus on parental engagement and the fast-tracking of a national Unique Student Identifier ...

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  • 16 April 2018

    The Smith Family launches in Gladstone to help local children and their families

    Today The Smith Family has officially launched its Learning for Life education support program in Gladstone, Queensland.

    The Learning for Life program ...

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  • 26 March 2018

    Smith Family report finds new evidence to help children at risk of leaving school early

    Groundbreaking research by children’s education charity The Smith Family has shown school attendance rates in Year 7 can predict students at risk of not completing Year 12...

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  • 28 February 2018

    Why I became a sponsor with The Smith Family

    Renowned educational researcher Dr Sue Thomson shares her personal story of supporting a disadvantaged student to thrive in their education…

    “I started as a teacher...

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  • 16 January 2018

    Back to school costs add up for low income families

    Children’s education charity The Smith Family launches its Back to School Sponsorship Appeal

    Disadvantaged Australian families are struggling to meet the costs of...

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