Improving young Australians’ literacy and numeracy: The Catch-Up Learning program

Education, Evaluation, Report, Student Wellbeing, Report

The Smith Family has released this evaluation of The Catch-Up Learning pilot program, a 20-week online tutoring program delivered one-on-one by qualified teachers for financially disadvantaged students struggling with literacy and numeracy. The evaluation assessed the program’s impact on student engagement and the extent to which literacy and numeracy improved. It found that 86 per cent of students showed above expected progress in either literacy or numeracy, and the program strengthened students’ love of learning. Four small modifications were identified that could strengthen the program and student outcomes moving forward.

The Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth (ARACY) has released this report containing results from the first 12 months of the ei Pulse wellbeing check-in tool. The ei Pulse tool uses an app to track Australian student’s wellbeing in real time. Once a week, students aged 10 years and over are asked how they are feeling and are then asked a selection of five evidence-based questions from a pool of 130 wellbeing questions. The report found that on average, 66 per cent of students felt ‘positive’ or ‘great’ each week, however 42 per cent said they worry a lot about mistakes they make. The tool is intended to improve student’s wellbeing literacy and the findings will allow schools to engage in continuous improvement to better support student wellbeing.

The inclusion of LGBTQI+ students across education systems: An overview

Education, Young People, Policy, LGBTIQ+, Student Wellbeing, Health and Wellbeing

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has released this report seeking to understand the challenges experienced by LGBTQI+ students and examining supportive educational policies and programs across OECD countries. This report had many findings and also identified seven practices that contribute to the wellbeing of LGBTQI+ students.

‘I Had to Take a Casual Contract and Work One Day a Week’: Students’ experiences of lengthy university placements as drivers of precarity

Education, Student Wellbeing, Employment, School, Economic Wellbeing

This article, published in Work, Employment and Society, presents the results of a survey of social work students at an Australian university who undertook a lengthy unpaid placement as part of their study. The study shows that these students faced increased workforce precarity and it also created major restrictions on their ability to work while studying. Further findings are detailed in this article.

‘You going to uni?’ Exploring how people from regional, rural and remote areas navigate into and through higher education

Education, Report, Student Wellbeing, Regional Rural and Remote Areas, Report

The National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education at Curtin University and the University of Wollongong have released this report investigating risks to university completion for students from regional, rural and remote locations of Australia. Drawing on interviews and surveys with university students, the study found that key enablers of university completion included individual strengths and qualities, strong networks of support from family and community, and belongingness and connectedness.