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The Smith Family supports learning in Queensland schools

​Learning club volunteer ​with a student

​​​​A partnership between a Gold Coast primary school and The Smith Family is reaping long term benefits for students beyond the classroom.

Luke Kenelley, deputy principal and head of Special Education Services at Musgrave H​​​​ill State School says the school recognised some families were not able to provide educational support to their children at home due to a variety of factors, such as a lack of resources or confidence, or limited English-language skills.

“Some of our students needed more support to complete homework and work on t​​​heir literacy and numeracy skills outside the classroom,” Mr Kenelley said.

“So the school approached The Smith Family to establish a learning club where trained volunteer tutors provide students with the additional supp​​ort they need.

“The learning club has helped our students to improve their academic achievement which has also improved their engagement in lea​​rning and their attendance.

“Students are able to learn in a fun, exciting and relaxed atmosphere, and every year we have teachers referring more students to the pro​​gram,” he said.

The Smith Family’s Queen​​sland general manager Alan Le May is proud of the long term benefits of the learning clubs, some of which have been running for 25 years.

“As students start to i​mprove their grades, there’s a positive flow-on effect in terms of their attendance and engagement at school — and we know that if we can help students finish school, this opens up more opportunities for their future,” he said.

The Smith Family currently runs 30 learning clubs at schoo​ls in 16 communities across Queensland.

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Last updated
25 February 2019