Podcast creates conversations about how the power of education drives change

Claire Halliday
Claire Halliday

Children’s education charity The Smith Family has launched a new podcast series, with the first two episodes published on Wednesday 10 July.

Conversations with The Smith Family explores the work being done across Australia to help young people change their future through the power of education. 

The Smith Family is a children’s education charity that helps young Australians experiencing disadvantage to create better futures for themselves via access to meaningful education.

The series features The Smith Family’s CEO Doug Taylor talking to leaders and experts from the worlds of education, philanthropy, not-for-profits, volunteering, government and research, as well as members of the Smith Family community, about the pressing issues impacting young people and strategies to drive positive change. 

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“At a time when one in six young Australians experiences disadvantage, it’s important to hear a range of perspectives on some of the biggest challenges facing young people today and how we can all be making a positive difference in their lives,” Taylor says. 

Tackling timely topics

To kick off the new series, the first two episodes featured some timely topics.

In episode one, Professor Mark Scott AO, Vice-Chancellor and President at The University of Sydney, shares his insights into the challenges disadvantaged students face in higher education and what the tertiary sector is doing to break down these barriers. 

The second episode invited internationally renowned education researcher, Dr Kirsten Hancock, The Smith Family’s National Manager, Research and Evaluation, to discuss the latest trends in school attendance, emphasising the need for supportive, non-punitive measures to boost declining attendance rates.  

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Conversations with The Smith Family is out now on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and YouTube, with new episodes released fortnightly. 

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Claire Halliday has an extensive career as a full-time writer - across book publishing, copywriting, podcasting and feature journalism - for more than 25 years. She lives in Melbourne with children, two border collies and a grumpy Burmese cat. Contact: claire.halliday[at]brandx.live