Blaise Joseph

Research Fellow

Blaise Joseph

Blaise is a Research Fellow in education and a former secondary school teacher. He has written research papers on school funding, evidence-based education policy, and national testing in Australia.

He has completed a Bachelor of Commerce, with a Co-op Scholarship, and a Master of Teaching from the University of New South Wales. He has had experience working in both government departments and the private sector. Blaise has a strong interest in education and enjoys debating the political issues of the day.


Featured Publication

  • Overcoming the Odds 2: Where are the top-performing disadvantaged secondary schools? 23 July 2019 | PP21
    Students from disadvantaged social backgrounds perform worse academically on average than more advantaged students. However, some students and schools from lower socio-economic backgrounds are successful. Only 3 Australian secondary schools are both disadvantaged and high-achieving. In contrast, 21 Australian primary…...
    Students from disadvantaged social backgrounds perform worse academically on average than more advantaged students. However, some students and schools from lower socio-economic backgrounds are successful. Only 3 Australian secondary schools are both disadvantaged and high-achieving. In contrast, 21 Australian primary…
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Media & Commentary

  • Student climate strike is slacktivism 20 September 2019 | Ideas@TheCentre
    On a Friday afternoon, would you rather be stuck in school at a maths lesson or be outside at a protest with your mates? No prizes for guessing what most children would prefer. As a result, it’s easy to dismiss…
    On a Friday afternoon, would you rather be stuck in school at a maths lesson or be outside at a protest with your mates? No prizes for guessing what most children would prefer. As a result, it’s easy to dismiss…
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  • Something rotten in the state of education 15 September 2019 | Financial Review
    We spend more money on education than most other countries. We pay our teachers considerably more. And yet Australian students perform poorly on international tests – and there is little evidence of any commitment to turning this around. Evidently, something…
    We spend more money on education than most other countries. We pay our teachers considerably more. And yet Australian students perform poorly on international tests – and there is little evidence of any commitment to turning this around. Evidently, something…
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  • Teachers need more time and fewer classes, not more pay 11 September 2019 | Financial Review
    It is not low teacher pay or oversized classes that is pulling down Australia’s educational performance Hot on the heels of disappointing NAPLAN results comes (yet again) international evidence that the problem with our school system is not a lack…
    It is not low teacher pay or oversized classes that is pulling down Australia’s educational performance Hot on the heels of disappointing NAPLAN results comes (yet again) international evidence that the problem with our school system is not a lack…
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  • We’ve set lower bars, not raised the results 28 August 2019 | The Australian
    It’s the ongoing national dis­appointment. Results haven’t ­consistently improved since NAP­LAN began in 2008, while spending on educa­tion has increased massiv­ely. And everybody is trying to figure­ out what on earth is going on in our school system. Average student…
    It’s the ongoing national dis­appointment. Results haven’t ­consistently improved since NAP­LAN began in 2008, while spending on educa­tion has increased massiv­ely. And everybody is trying to figure­ out what on earth is going on in our school system. Average student…
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  • Cash is no answer to failing schools 09 August 2019 | Australian Financial Review
    Conventional wisdom holds that student disadvantage is attributed to too little public spending – with Canberra’s entire political spectrum keen to throw more of our dollars at it – or too much parental school choice. But evidence proves neither argument…
    Conventional wisdom holds that student disadvantage is attributed to too little public spending – with Canberra’s entire political spectrum keen to throw more of our dollars at it – or too much parental school choice. But evidence proves neither argument…
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Publications

  • Overcoming the Odds: A study of Australia’s top-performing disadvantaged schools 18 March 2019 | RR39
    Students from disadvantaged social backgrounds perform worse on average academically than more advantaged students. This study investigated Australia’s top-performing disadvantaged schools in terms of literacy and numeracy results, with the aim of finding any common policies and practices which have led to their success. Nine top-performing disadvantaged schools were visited…...
    Students from disadvantaged social backgrounds perform worse on average academically than more advantaged students. This study investigated Australia’s top-performing disadvantaged schools in terms of literacy and numeracy results, with the aim of finding any common policies and practices which have led to their success. Nine top-performing disadvantaged schools were visited…
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  • Submission to NAPLAN Reporting Review 2019 18 March 2019
    NAPLAN is a key element of government transparency and accountability There is very little evidence of widespread misuse or misinterpretation of data on the MySchool website. NAPLAN and My School are valued by parents and the public, and should be retained. While there may be room for some improvements their…...
    NAPLAN is a key element of government transparency and accountability There is very little evidence of widespread misuse or misinterpretation of data on the MySchool website. NAPLAN and My School are valued by parents and the public, and should be retained. While there may be room for some improvements their…
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  • 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 be used to improve student achievement. Many of the Review’s…...
    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 be used to improve student achievement. Many of the Review’s…
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  • Why We Need NAPLAN 13 May 2018 | RR36
    The National Assessment Plan – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) is a crucial national assessment, but is coming under increasing criticism. There are three major benefits of NAPLAN: Tool to improve schools and teaching. NAPLAN results enable the identification of problems in the school system over time, and are a means…...
    The National Assessment Plan – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) is a crucial national assessment, but is coming under increasing criticism. There are three major benefits of NAPLAN: Tool to improve schools and teaching. NAPLAN results enable the identification of problems in the school system over time, and are a means…
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  • Getting the most out of Gonski 2.0: The evidence base for school investments 14 October 2017 | RR31
    Schools should invest in evidence-based, cost-effective policies to improve literacy and numeracy results. Early literacy and numeracy, giving teachers fewer classes, and classroom management training are three evidence-based, cost-effective investments. Reducing class sizes and more education technology are not supported by the evidence.   BUY HARDCOPY – SOLD OUT Email…...
    Schools should invest in evidence-based, cost-effective policies to improve literacy and numeracy results. Early literacy and numeracy, giving teachers fewer classes, and classroom management training are three evidence-based, cost-effective investments. Reducing class sizes and more education technology are not supported by the evidence.   BUY HARDCOPY – SOLD OUT Email…
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