QuickSmart is an evidence-based basic skills intervention program designed for middle-school students who experience persistent difficulties in literacy and/or numeracy. The award-winning programs provide a framework with short and targeted lesson components for educators to work through with their students.

The aim of QuickSmart is to enable students to become automatic (quick) in their basic skills in order to move onto more complex problem-solving skills (smart). Over 67,000 students have benefitted from the programs since 2001.

The programs are run in over 1,500 Australian schools and come with ready-to-use physical and digital resources, as well as professional development training and ongoing support. They are suitable for learners in years 4 to 9, whose skill levels are below the national minimum standard.

QuickSmart is an ongoing, not-for-profit research project. It is based at the SiMERR National Research Centre, located at the University of New England in Armidale, Australia.

Starting a QuickSmart program in 2023

If your school is interested in starting a QuickSmart program, or training additional staff members, in 2023, please view our 2023 Workshop Calendar, read our start-up guide, or contact us for further information.

The QuickSmart Numeracy intervention program focuses on understanding and recall of basic number facts, performance of elementary calculations, acquisition of appropriate mathematics language, and problem-solving skills. Please click here for more information.

The QuickSmart Literacy intervention program focuses on the automaticity of word recognition, fluency in reading connected texts, and development of vocabulary. Please click here for more information.

The QuickSmart Catch-Up Numeracy intervention program is an individually-focused, brain-based approach to student support. It consists of three 40-50 minute lessons per week with four-to-five students working in groups with a teacher instructor. Please click here for more information.

The QuickSmart Numeracy Diagnostic Assessment is an online assessment application accessed through the QuickSmart Portal. It is a cost-effective and efficient tool for assessing the basic numeracy skills of large numbers of students. Please click here for more information.

The QuickSmart Numeracy@Home intervention program was developed in response to parents and caregivers inquiring about a program they could use if QuickSmart Numeracy was not available at their school. Please click here for more information.

Latest QuickSmart News

QuickSmart earns recognition of national impact by the Australian Research Council

QuickSmart awarded the HTB Harris Memorial Award for a Significant Educational Program by the the Australian College of Educators