Information For Students


This section is for those wonderful students selected to be on the QuickSmart course at their school and for those chosen to be comparison students.

Did you know that over 63,000 children in Australia have been on one or both of the QuickSmart programs since 2001? Have a look at what some of them have said about the course HERE.


I have been selected to do QuickSmart at my school. What does this mean?

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It means that your teachers want to help you with literacy or numeracy. Maybe you find reading a bit tricky, or you don’t quite understand what you read. Maybe you find maths hard. Some kids do only one program, some do both. Either way, your teachers think that with a bit of help, you could improve. The most important thing to remember is that QuickSmart is not for “dumb kids” – it is for students who find some aspects of numeracy and/or literacy difficult, and need a helping hand outside of the classroom.

The standard implementation of QuickSmart at a school is three thirty-minute lessons every week. Each lesson is broken down into six different five-minute components, including flash cards and the computer-based OZCAAS program. The lessons continue for about thirty weeks over the year, with ninety lessons being the goal.

I have been asked to be a QuickSmart comparison student. What does this mean?

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QuickSmart is a basic-skills intervention program for students in Years 4 to 9. There are two programs available: Numeracy and Literacy. These programs are not for “dumb kids”. They are for children who find some aspects of numeracy and/or literacy difficult and need a helping hand outside of the classroom.

As a comparison student, you represent students who do not need intervention in the aforementioned areas. Comparison students are used as a standard against which the students on the program are measured. You will undergo a test at the start of the year and at the end of the year, but you will not attend any regular QuickSmart lessons.

The school has asked to collect and send my data. What does this mean?

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QuickSmart is an ongoing research project run by the SiMERR National Research Centre at the University of New England in Armidale, NSW. We are sent anonymous data from schools every year, which we use to improve the program and show its continued effectiveness. It is also used for reports and publications. Reports are based on groups of students, not individuals.

This is the data the school has requested your permission to use. It includes the following:

  • Your year at school and what level of tests they undertook
  • Your QuickSmart lesson results
  • Your PAT test results
  • Your QuickSmart lesson attendance numbers (this does not apply to comparison students)
  • The answers to surveys asking your opinions on QuickSmart (this does not apply to comparison students)

The data does NOT include the following, nor will we ever ask for it:

  • Your name or contact details
  • Your date of birth (as of 2019)

For you to take part in the research, please ask your parents to complete the Consent Form and return it to the school’s QuickSmart Coordinator. Only the school’s QuickSmart Coordinator will know you are taking part.

I do not feel comfortable in taking part in the QuickSmart lessons and/or data collection. What can I do?

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You do not have to take part in this research, and you may choose not to take part or to withdraw at any time without explanation. If you do not want to take part in the research, DO NOT complete the Consent Form.

You may continue in your QuickSmart lessons without taking part in the research project. Please advise your school if this is the case.

What happens my data that is sent to the research team by the school?

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We will keep all your anonymous data sent by mail securely locked within our research office, or password protected on the QuickSmart database in the case of digital data. We will keep it for at least five years after the project finishes and then destroy all copies.

Is QuickSmart ethically approved?

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This project has been approved by the Human Research Ethics Committee of the University of New England (Approval No. HE19-067, Valid to 20/06/2022).

Who are the research team behind the project?

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Professor John Pegg, Director of the SiMERR National Centre, is the head researcher of QuickSmart.

The Research Fellows in the centre include:

  • Dr Stefan Horarik
  • Mrs Anne Parnell
  • Mrs June Billings
  • Mr Martin Trotman

Contact us at SiMERR on 02 6773 5067 or at quicksmart@une.edu.au

I have a complaint about how this research has been undertaken. What can I do?

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If you have any complaints about the way this research is conducted, please contact the Research Ethics Officer at:

Research Services, University of New England, Armidale, NSW 2351

Tel: (02) 6773 3449 / Fax: (02) 6773 3543 / Email: ethics@une.edu.au