QuickSmart Soon to Break 1000 School Milestone
February 12, 2014, 12:07 pm
Filed under: QuickSmart,SiMERR News

‘Never in our wildest dreams did we expect QuickSmart to be so popular’ said co-developers Professors John Pegg and Lorraine Graham as they reviewed plans for 2014.

QuickSmart, a numeracy and literacy program conducted by SiMERR, is expected to be implemented in its 1000th school in Australia during 2014. This is an amazing journey from the initial trial in two schools in 2001.

Following a low-key roll-out in its early years, the look and feel of the program material was significantly upgraded in 2008. With the support of education jurisdictions and significant Federal funding to schools the program has grown dramatically in the past five years, adding over 800 new schools.

Professor Pegg said ‘the outcomes recorded from approximately 25,000 students tell a compelling story of the efficacy of the program’. Independent analysis of QuickSmart student’s national test results show that these students consistently achieve up to three years’ academic growth over a 30-week period.

SiMERR is expecting another busy year for QuickSmart. Some time in April it is likely that staff of the 1000th QuickSmart school will be participating in their initial professional learning workshop and preparing to implement the program at their school.

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UNE to help establish education research centre in the Philippines
July 10, 2013, 1:47 pm
Filed under: AKC Project,SiMERR News

Philippines TeacherThe University of New England has won a $6 million AusAID grant to set up a National Research Centre for Teacher Quality in the Philippines.

The nationally competitive grant will fund a project in which staff members from the UNE-based National Centre of Science, ICT and Mathematics Education for Rural and Regional Australia (SiMERR National Centre) will help the Philippines Normal University (PNU) to establish the new Centre on PNU’s Manila campus.

Read the full article on the UNE blog

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Secondary students enjoy the challenge of UNE Maths Day
June 5, 2012, 3:47 pm
Filed under: SiMERR Events,SiMERR in the media,SiMERR News

Keen young mathematicians from 39 secondary schools throughout northern NSW met at the University of New England last Friday (11 May) for a day of stimulating competition.

To read the full article click the link below

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SiMERR Website Gets a New Look
December 23, 2011, 2:21 pm
Filed under: SiMERR News

Happy Christmas from everyone at the SiMERR National Centre. In honor of the occasion the SiMERR website has been given a new look. I hope you all like it. You can see the new look SiMERR website at

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