Jennifer Buckingham

Senior Research Fellow & Head of 'FIVE from FIVE' Literacy Project

Jennifer Buckingham

Expertise: Schools policy, school funding, school choice, literacy, NAPLAN, teacher quality

Jennifer’s main area of work is school education, and she has published papers on school choice, school funding, literacy, international assessments (including PISA), NAPLAN and My School, religious schools, boys’ education, teacher training and employment, class size, and educational disadvantage.

She currently heading up the CIS FIVE from FIVE Literacy Project which has the aim to have effective reading taught in every classroom, every day.

She is the author of the numerous reports including Free to Choose Charter Schools: How charter and for-profit schools can boost public education (2015),  School Funding on a Budget (2014),Why Jaydon Can’t Read (2014), Religious Schools in Australia (2010), Schools of Thought: A Collection of Articles on Education (2009), Families, Freedom and Education (2001) and Boy Troubles (2000), among others.

Jennifer has also written about child care, female labour force participation, and NSW trains. Jennifer’s doctoral research was on literacy and social disadvantage.

Jennifer has been at the forefront of debate on education matters for more than a decade, with hundreds of articles in major newspapers and regular radio appearances. Her future work at CIS will continue to focus on school choice and funding, accountability for student performance, and effective instruction.

For more information about FIVE from FIVE, visit the website at www.fivefromfive.org.au.

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Featured Publication

  • What the Gonski 2 Review got wrong 17 June 2018 | PP6
    The Gonski 2 Review into Australian schools failed to fulfill its terms of reference to examine the evidence regarding the most effective teaching and learning strategies, and to provide advice on how the extra federal government funding for schools should…...
    The Gonski 2 Review into Australian schools failed to fulfill its terms of reference to examine the evidence regarding the most effective teaching and learning strategies, and to provide advice on how the extra federal government funding for schools should…
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Media & Commentary

  • New CIS research: What the Gonski 2 review got wrong 17 June 2018 | MEDIA RELEASE
    The ‘Gonski 2.0 report’ recommendations are not supported by rigorous evidence and face significant implementation difficulties, according to a new paper by Centre for Independent Studies researchers Dr Jennifer Buckingham and Blaise Joseph. The Turnbull government has accepted in principle…
    The ‘Gonski 2.0 report’ recommendations are not supported by rigorous evidence and face significant implementation difficulties, according to a new paper by Centre for Independent Studies researchers Dr Jennifer Buckingham and Blaise Joseph. The Turnbull government has accepted in principle…
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  • Review needed urgently of L3 literacy program 01 June 2018 | Ideas@TheCentre
    L3 is used in hundreds of schools across NSW and is a core component of the NSW Department of Education’s Early Action for Success strategy. L3 is supposed to provide early literacy intervention for all students including the most disadvantaged…
    L3 is used in hundreds of schools across NSW and is a core component of the NSW Department of Education’s Early Action for Success strategy. L3 is supposed to provide early literacy intervention for all students including the most disadvantaged…
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  • Unions ramp up attack on private schools for poor 25 May 2018 | Ideas@TheCentre
    In his extraordinary 2009 book The Beautiful Tree, James Tooley revealed how low-cost private schools were providing education to the poorest people in the world and changing their lives for the better. This remains the case, but not everyone is…
    In his extraordinary 2009 book The Beautiful Tree, James Tooley revealed how low-cost private schools were providing education to the poorest people in the world and changing their lives for the better. This remains the case, but not everyone is…
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  • Gonski 2.0 skims over key indicators such as discipline in schools 05 May 2018 | The Weekend Australian
    “Not good enough.” That’s what the Prime Minister said this week about Australia’s declining results on international school tests. As noted in the Gonski 2.0 report, Australia has fallen in both absolute performance and relative to other countries on the…
    “Not good enough.” That’s what the Prime Minister said this week about Australia’s declining results on international school tests. As noted in the Gonski 2.0 report, Australia has fallen in both absolute performance and relative to other countries on the…
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  • Gonski 2.0 another expensive missed opportunity 04 May 2018 | Ideas@TheCentre
    Education ministers from around the country have been summoned to a special meeting of Education Council today, for a briefing on the Gonski 2.0 report released on Monday. The Gonski 2.0 report was commissioned by the federal government last year…
    Education ministers from around the country have been summoned to a special meeting of Education Council today, for a briefing on the Gonski 2.0 report released on Monday. The Gonski 2.0 report was commissioned by the federal government last year…
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Publications

  • Focus on Phonics: Why Australia should adopt the Year 1 Phonics Screening Check 24 November 2016 | RR22
    A simple, five-minute Phonics Screening Check could identify at an early stage all of Australia’s school children who are at serious risk of struggling with reading skills. Among English speaking countries, Australia has one of the largest proportions of children who do not achieve minimum standards in literacy by Year…...
    A simple, five-minute Phonics Screening Check could identify at an early stage all of Australia’s school children who are at serious risk of struggling with reading skills. Among English speaking countries, Australia has one of the largest proportions of children who do not achieve minimum standards in literacy by Year…
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  • Productivity Commission Inquiry into the National Education Evidence Base: Submission in response to the draft report 01 May 2016 | CIS Submission
    The Review of Education Evidence (Draft Report)—the ‘Draft Report’—provides a useful, up-to-date overview of the types of data collected about the educational progress and outcomes of Australian children and students. It makes salient points about the quality and accessibility of research and data....
    The Review of Education Evidence (Draft Report)—the ‘Draft Report’—provides a useful, up-to-date overview of the types of data collected about the educational progress and outcomes of Australian children and students. It makes salient points about the quality and accessibility of research and data.
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  • Read about it: Scientific evidence for effective teaching of reading 07 March 2016 | Research Report 11
    How children learn to read is one of the most studied aspects of education. There is a large and rigorous body of scientific evidence identifying the key elements of high quality reading instruction. The research literature also unequivocally shows that explicit instruction methods are the most effective way of teaching…...
    How children learn to read is one of the most studied aspects of education. There is a large and rigorous body of scientific evidence identifying the key elements of high quality reading instruction. The research literature also unequivocally shows that explicit instruction methods are the most effective way of teaching…
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  • One School Does Not Fit All 31 January 2016 | Research Report 9
    Australia has a relatively large degree of choice between schools, a product of historical private and non-profit sector involvement in the provision of schooling after British colonisation. Analysis of school funding data in this report shows that there are more similarities in how schools are funded than differences. This report…...
    Australia has a relatively large degree of choice between schools, a product of historical private and non-profit sector involvement in the provision of schooling after British colonisation. Analysis of school funding data in this report shows that there are more similarities in how schools are funded than differences. This report…
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  • Free to Choose Charter Schools: How charter and for-profit schools can boost public education 31 August 2015 | Research Report 6
    Charter schools and free schools – publicly-funded, privately-managed schools – have been introduced in several countries around the world as a way of extending school choice, particularly for low income families. This report examines the policies and research on charter schools and their equivalents in five countries –USA, Sweden, Chile,…...
    Charter schools and free schools – publicly-funded, privately-managed schools – have been introduced in several countries around the world as a way of extending school choice, particularly for low income families. This report examines the policies and research on charter schools and their equivalents in five countries –USA, Sweden, Chile,…
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