The Firefly Education team with their Educational Publishing Awards Australia trophies.
The Firefly Education team with their Educational Publishing Awards Australia trophies. Lindsay Edwards

Coast publishing company wins national education gongs

A SMALL publishing company on the Sunshine Coast is punching well above its weight, taking out four major gongs at the Educational Publishing Awards Australia 2016.

Family-owned company Firefly Education, based at Mons, has risen to the forefront as a creator of cutting-edge educational resources for school students.

At this year's EPAA, Firefly won the following accolades for their two newest programs - English Stars and Think Mentals:

  • Overall Award for Excellence in Australian Educational Publishing: English Stars
  • Outstanding Primary Digital Resource: English Stars
  • Best Primary Student Resource - English (Literacy, Literature, Language): English Stars
  • Best Primary Student Resource - Mathematics (Numeracy): Think Mentals.

The EPAA recognises excellence and innovation in the Australian education landscape.

Each year, publishing houses around Australia vie for a win. Firefly Education faced stiff competition, including the big players Oxford University Press, Pearson and Macmillan Education Australia.

However, despite its underdog status, Firefly managed to snag awards in the Maths and English categories, as well as the prestigious Overall Award for Excellence in Australian Educational Publishing 2016.

From humble beginnings binding books in a home garage, Firefly Education has transformed into an innovative industry leader of educational programs.

Firefly company directors Peter Stannard and Ann Smales acknowledged the efforts and passion that led to two award-winning programs.

"This is what we love to do,” Mr Stannard said.

"We strive to create innovative programs that engage young learners.

"Having been teachers ourselves, we know what it's like in the classroom.

"It's really important that we create programs that support busy teachers.”

English Stars is a digital English program that seamlessly unites curriculum and technology.

Think Mentals was recognised for its unique approach to making maths "friendly” as it teaches students effective strategies for solving mental maths problems.

With an experienced team of authors and educators for each winning series, supported by a creative publishing team, Firefly Education was honoured to be recognised among the best of the best in Australian educational publishing.

To find out more about Firefly's award-winning programs, visit www.fireflyeducation.com.au


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