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09 December 2016
Opinion: The latest trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS)
Do you remember being at school and feeling overwhelmed by maths? You are not alone. Many adults and children in Australia struggle with numeracy, and yet this skill is increasi...
The Smith Family CEO recognised for impact on young Australians in need
Chief Executive Officer of The Smith Family, Dr Lisa O’Brien has received Pro Bono...
29 November 2016
Dr Lisa O'Brien shaping education for disadvantaged children
The Educator Magazine’s second annual Hot List has recognised the Chief Executive Officer of The Smith Family, Dr Lisa O’Brien, as one of the top 40 most influential...
17 October 2016
Our actions stop poor children becoming poor adults
In Australia today, one in 10 children is growing up in a jobless family. Too often the family struggles that affect a child’s home life can flow on to affect their school...
06 July 2016
Opinion: Non-cognitive skills make a big difference
I was reflecting recently on how as children we learn many of the non-cognitive skills that are needed for learning and for life.
I then remembered how it was that I firs...
30 April 2016
Letter to the Editor: Smith Family earns HD
The solution to improving Australia's literacy and numeracy skills and Year 12 completion rates, particularly among disadvantaged students, (“Spend money on education or b...
07 March 2016
Opinion: Culture shock awaits disadvantaged students who make it through to university
For students who have overcome a lifetime of disadvantage and barriers to their education, their big first day at university too often contains another surprise – the fina...
20 January 2016
Opinion: What's next for school leavers who don't go to uni?
With the holiday period drawing to a close, it’s back to work for most of us. But for many thousands of 2015 high school graduates it can be...
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16 January 2017
Poor Australian children need sponsors to invest in their education
Thousands of children will start the school year without education essentials as disadvantaged families struggle with the basic costs of their child’s public schooling, ac...
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