About Firefly Education

The Firefly Story…

At Firefly Education we make kids smarter, and teachers and parents happy. Here’s a look at how we have been doing this for the last couple of decades!

1989

1989

Peter Stannard, Ann Smales and Lesley Englert decided to publish a companion literacy book to Exploring Science (written by Peter Stannard and Ken Williamson). Lesley wrote this innovative workbook to help kids decode the language of science.

1994

1994

Ann and Peter were approached by author Mary Schwenke to revise her long-standing phonics and handwriting series Letters and Sounds! Sadly, Mary passed away in 2011. She had dedicated her life to teaching kids of all ages to read and write well, and has left a mighty legacy through her Letters and Sounds books.

1996

1996

Chris Linthorne and Brian Doolan pitched their idea for a revolutionary new maths series – Jigsaw Maths. Chris and Brian turned boring maths into fun and engaging maths. Pure genius!

1999

Terri WatsonBarbara MurrayBarbara Murray met publisher Ann Smales at a local school function. She mentioned that she and her teaching partner Terri Watson were working on a way of teaching spelling using systematic synthetic phonics. Were we interested in hearing about the success of their work? Absolutely, and so Sound Waves was born!

2000 - 2006

2000 - 2006

The year 2000 marked the start of Peter and Ann gathering a cast of exciting and talented people to work in the Firefly team. With new people came new ideas, new ways of doing things and, of course, new products, including Teacher Timesavers, Primary Teacher’s Planner, Cards and Games, to name a few.

2007

2007

Sound Waves was shortlisted as a primary textbook finalist in the Australian Awards for Excellence in Educational Publishing. These awards, presented by the Australian Publishers Association, recognise and honour the best educational materials published during the year.

2007

2007

Peter had always believed that students learned best when they were investigating and could see the relevance of what they were doing. He was driven to apply this principle to a maths series that used an investigations-based approach.

The result was iMaths – the collaborative effort of six experienced maths teachers guided by Peter’s experience and passion.

2009

2009

iMaths was shortlisted in the category of Best Primary Textbook Series in Australia 2009 at the Australian Publishers Association awards.

2009

2009

Work started on the revision of the Sound Waves series for the new Australian Curriculum. This included a complete rewrite of the Student and Teacher Books, and brand new digital content.

2010

2010

With the imminent release of the new Australian Curriculum, the iMaths series had to be revised and reworked. It was a big job, but what a team!

Brad Gaylard led a team of editors and designers to oversee the production of this innovative new series.

2011

2011

With the Australian Curriculum shaping up, Sound Waves National Edition was being used in schools right across Australia and was getting a great reception. The iMaths package was completed and ready for schools to use in 2012. Our new website was launched and all Professional Development Sessions were a sellout. A busy, busy year!

2012

2012

iMaths National Edition took out the Award for Best Primary School Student Resource for Mathematics at the Australian Educational Publishing Awards!

Peter’s award-winning team of authors, along with the Firefly team, were honoured to be recognised nationally for this truly innovative and effective maths program.

2013

2013

With Sound Waves and iMaths going from strength to strength in 2013, Firefly Education managed to squeeze in time to launch Teacher Timesavers Online! Developed for busy teachers, Teacher Timesavers Online is home to 1000s of classroom resources that teachers can download to save precious time.

2014

2014

The greatly anticipated release of Writing Time! This Foundation to Year 6 handwriting series is available in all Australian fonts.

2015

2015

Think Mentals joined the growing stable of Firefly products! This unique series provides students and teachers alike with a friendly approach to quick and efficient mental computation.

2015

2015

Writing Time was shortlisted in the Educational Publishing Awards Australia for Student Resource, English (Literacy, Literature, Language). We were pleased as punch to have our unique handwriting series recognised in the industry.

2016

2016

Think Mentals and English Stars were crowned winners at this year’s Educational Publishing Awards Australia, with English Stars taking centre stage, collecting a bevy of awards.

Think Mentals was the winner of:

  • Best Primary Student Resource Mathematics.

English Stars was the winner of:

  • Best Primary Student Resource English
  • Outstanding Primary Digital Resource
  • Excellence in Australian Educational Publishing.

Our award-winning team of authors and talented crew of Firefly creatives were thrilled to be recognised as innovative industry leaders.

2017

2017

For the second year in a row, one of Firefly Education’s products was crowned the best in Literacy at the Educational Publishing Awards Australia.

Sound Waves Online was the winner of:

  • Best Primary Student Resource English.

Not only was Sound Waves Online recognised as an industry leader, the suite of new features added to this tried-and-tested phonemic spelling resource were welcomed in classrooms across Australia.

2018

2018

The revamped iMaths Online and our new product, English Stars 3, continued our talented team’s winning streak at the Educational Publishing Awards Australia.

English Stars 3 was the winner of:

  • Best Primary Student Resource English.

iMaths Online was the winner of:

  • Best Primary Student Resource Mathematics.

Firefly Education works hard to create the highest quality resources, so we were once again delighted to have our new products acknowledged among the best in the industry.

2019

2019

For the fourth year running, the Firefly team emerged triumphant at the Educational Publishing Awards Australia.

Sound Waves Foundation was the winner of:

  • Best Primary Teaching Resource.
  • Outstanding Primary Resource.

Think Mentals Digital Classroom was the winner of:

  • Best Primary Student Resource (Mathematics).

Firefly Education Director Peter Stannard also took home The Mike Horsley Award, which recognises outstanding service to the Australian educational publishing industry.

What's next?

What's next?

What’s next for the Firefly team? We’re busy working on an exciting new digital resource for secondary maths – Bit Maths!

With a focus on higher-order thinking, Bit Maths combines robust pedagogy with time-saving technology.

Find out more about Bit Maths, and register your interest to be the first to receive release updates and view sample content.