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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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  • 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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  • 21 August 2017

    Dr Lisa O’Brien: My Commitment to Reconciliation

    Today, as The Smith Family launches our 2017–20 Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP), ...

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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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  • 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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