General education

High school leavers need to be armed with more than just a ranking

Michelle Zahra / 14 December 2023

At at time when Australian students receive their ATARs, Head of the Origin Energy Foundation Michelle Zahra takes a moment to recognise all students who have learned lessons, overcome challenges, achieved personal growth and are ready for their next chapter. She also poses the question if a ranking should be the ultimate endgame after 13 years of formative school life, or if we should be shifting our thinking more towards how we best prepare young people for life after school and careers of the future.


Corporate Australia: It’s time to volunteer

Ruth Lee / 03 November 2022

The perfect storm is hitting the community sector as calls for support are met with a declining number of volunteers. While millions of hours of volunteer work were lost every week during the pandemic, the dramatic decline in volunteering is also driving further community disconnection. Australia now needs these volunteers back supporting their communities.


General education

Young people need mentors more than ever

Lucy Snowball / 15 December 2021

With mental health struggles and disengagement from education at an all-time high after this year's lockdowns, young people need our help more than ever. Mentoring is a proven way of helping children to build confidence and re-connect with their learning again. The Raise Foundation is urgently calling for more mentors in 2022.


STEM education

Give a gift this year that sparks joy in STEM

Sean Barrett / 09 December 2021

This Christmas, don’t buy your daughter a toy pony and your son a science set. Buy them both something that will whet their appetite for maths and sciences. Research shows gender stereotyping begins as young as three or four years of age and can lead to girls switching off to science, engineering, technology and maths careers later in life.


General education

Are grandparents our home-learning heroes?

Emma Barton / 11 October 2021

Parents know that grandparents are worth their weight in gold when it comes to caring for and loving our kids. But in these, the strangest of times, grandparents are finding new ways to stay connected and it's providing much-needed relief for exhausted home-schooling parents.


Indigenous education

Sadie sets the pace for those following in her footsteps

Catherine Gunning and Sadie Green / 14 October 2021

Sadie Green is Gawura's longest-attending student and this month she'll graduate Year 12. At Gawura Indigenous culture is celebrated alongside a strong focus on literacy and numeracy. But lockdowns and school closures have hit this community hard, and the school now needs to play catch-up on fundraising so more First Nations students like Sadie can reach their protential.


Rural and Regional education

The dark secrets of Australian education will be revealed for families moving to the country

Sean Barrett / 05 August 2021

Now that we've discovered we can work from almost anywhere, families are leaving cities in pursuit of more affordable, healthier lifestyles in the country. But many will be shocked by the underperformance of regional schools - evidenced in literacy and numeracy results, Year 12 completion rates and poor post-school opportunities.

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