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New research report from The Smith Family

Marg Mitchell
09 May 2016

AGL is proud to support 340 students through The Smith Family's Learning for Life program. Last week The Smith Family released its latest report validating its amazing work.

It shows that their Learning for Life program and approach is improving the educational outcomes of the highly disadvantaged students they support. The Smith Family are especially excited about these results because as a nation, Australia’s educational performance is in decline, with even worse results for disadvantaged students.

This new data provides evidence-based assurance that AGL's investment into disadvantaged children through The Smith Family is making a lasting and meaningful change, not only for students but also for our nation.

AGL's partnership and support has helped The Smith Family achieve the following results:

  • Seven out of ten students on the program are completing Year 12 - that’s ten percent higher than other students from similar backgrounds
  • Research shows that completing Year 12 will support them to go on to better employment and social participation outcomes.
  • In the past three years The Smith Family supported over 6,500 young Australians to reach Year 12
  • 84 percent of our Learning for Life students were engaged in employment, education or training a year after leaving the program

The report also has new findings about the level of disadvantage experienced by The Smith Family students and the compounding effect on their educational achievement.

Please click here for the full research report.