Learning Clubs

Lack of educational support in the home can have a lasting impact on a child’s future.

Research shows increased educational levels reduce the probability of current financial disadvantage becoming a long-term problem.

Students from low socio-economic backgrounds are more likely to have lower educational achievement. Often these students are additionally disadvantaged by minimal financial resources and parents who may have low educational attainment themselves, English as a second language, or are unable to provide strong educational support. This can result in poor student outcomes including leaving school early, unemployment or underemployment, poor health, delinquency and possibly crime.

Research tells us that offering learning opportunities outside of school hours is one way to improve the learning success of students and positively influence educational and personal outcomes. Disadvantaged students can miss out on these kinds of out-of-school programs as they are often too costly for families with limited financial means.

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What are our learning clubs?

Even though my child has always been good with her homework she is now more into it and shows more initiative since she started attending.

Parent of Learning Club student

Learning Clubs provide a safe and supportive out-of-school learning environment where primary or secondary students can participate in activities that develop their academic skills, such as homework, numeracy and literacy.  Clubs usually run in terms two and three each year, and children attend at once or twice a week at no cost.  

Through regular attendance at our Learning Clubs, students are able to enhance their learning and development skills. Students’ involvement with Learning Clubs enables them to access local volunteer tutors who have appropriate skills and knowledge to support Club activities.

Our Learning Clubs may differ across the country according to each community’s identified needs and where the community is located. For example, some clubs provide homework support, tutoring or help with a specific skill set (cognitive or non-cognitive) that assists participating children and young people to benefit more fully from their school based learning.

how do learning clubs help?

Learning Clubs aim to increase student engagement with learning by increasing students’ academic engagement and achievement. Students who are able to complete school and homework are more likely to stay in school and complete Year 12.

89% of students said that attending Learning Clubs have helped them complete their homework and try harder at school.1

Watch Tahlia's story to see what a difference learning clubs can make to students' lives.

Watch Tahlia's story

Akot, Learning Club student

Girl writing at the Homework Club

Akot, Learning Club student

"It helps.  At home I can’t help.  It helps me learn as well." - parent whose child attends the Atherton Gardens Learning Club.

"[The tutor] has a really good sense of humour and is positive in every way. Even if he can't explain a problem to me he will always try his best. He has a lot of intelligence and now is passing that to me."

Akot started attending the Trinity Learning Club in Term 3. Initially he was very quiet and didn’t talk to the coordinators or tutors. He often had a serious look on his face and didn't show signs of acknowledgement when someone said hello or asked him a question. By Term 4 Akot, seemed like a new person! He was still fairly quiet and shy however he was engaged with his tutor and in learning. He also started to smile and seemed more confident.

You can help disadvantaged Australian children get the most out of their education and create a better future for themselves. Join our community of volunteers and help us to provide the support these children need.

1 The Smith Family's Learning Clubs evaluation report, 2014