Parent Public Lecture Series

The UNSW Matraville Education Partnership will return in 2018. We will post the new flyer and registration links for upcoming events early in the year.

All events are free and open to the public, no matter where your children attend school. All lectures will be of interest to parents of both primary and secondary students, unless otherwise noted.

Lectures will be on weekday evenings at the UNSW building at Matraville Sports High School (see map).

Past lectures and recordings

Peta Hay

Making Connections: Advocating for your Gifted Child

presented by Dr Peta Hay

Though parents and teachers are sometimes positioned as opposing forces, usually both have the same goal -- to support children to meet their potential. Dr Hay will discuss ways to advocate for your gifted child at school and within the education system.

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Scientia Prof Andrew Martin

How to Boost Boys' Motivation at School

presented by Scientia Professor Andrew Martin

Looking for ways to keep your child focused and supporting them to succeed at school? Professor Martin will discuss the Motivation and Engagement Wheel, with a particular focus on research into boys' motivation and engagement.

A/Prof Terry Cumming

Surviving Your Child's Adolescence

presented by Associate Professor Terry Cumming

Not recognising your child or yourself now that adolescence has hit? Dr Cumming discussed dealing with challenging behaviours and how to support your child through their adolescent years keeping both of you sane.

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Prof Chris Davison

Assessment A-Z: What does it all mean?

presented by Professor Chris Davison

Do your child's assessments, reports and NAPLAN results make your head spin? Professor Davison discussed how and why schools assess student learning and how you can use the results to support your child's further development.

Dr Paul Evans

Motivation, Engagement and Success at School

presented by Dr Paul Evans

Dr. Evans discussed ways to support your child to stay motivated and engaged in their learning to achieve better schooling outcomes. Autonomy support in parenting and teaching ways to help your child self-regulate their learning was outlined.


Dr Susen Smith

Parenting a Gifted Child: What Supports or Hinders Talent Development?

presented by Dr Susen Smith

How can you find out the areas of your child's gifts and talents? And how can you support them to develop those areas fully? Dr Smith discussed ways parents can support their gifted children to reach their full potential.

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