Blaise Joseph

Policy Analyst

Blaise Joseph

Blaise is an education policy analyst and has been specialising in policy relating to education funding in Australia. He has recently been working with Research Fellow Jennifer Buckingham on school funding models.

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 government for the federal Department of Communications and NSW Treasury, and in the private sector for ING Direct and Axiom Forensics. Blaise also worked as a secondary school teacher prior to joining the CIS. He has a strong passion for education and enjoys debating the political issues of the day.


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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  • Teaching quality is the biggest challenge facing the bush 04 June 2018 | The Australian Financial Review
    It will surprise few people that students from rural areas tend to perform worse on average than those in cities. In fact — as shown by the results of NAPLAN and two different international standardised tests — the more remote…
    It will surprise few people that students from rural areas tend to perform worse on average than those in cities. In fact — as shown by the results of NAPLAN and two different international standardised tests — the more remote…
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  • NAPLAN is much more gain than pain 18 May 2018 | The Australian
    More than a million Australian students sat NAPLAN tests this week, assessing their standards in reading, writing, language and numeracy. This is a positive contribution to our school system. But you wouldn’t guess it from the howling chorus of hysterical…
    More than a million Australian students sat NAPLAN tests this week, assessing their standards in reading, writing, language and numeracy. This is a positive contribution to our school system. But you wouldn’t guess it from the howling chorus of hysterical…
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  • NAPLAN much more gain than pain 18 May 2018 | Ideas@TheCentre
    More than a million Australian students sat NAPLAN tests this week, assessing their standards in reading, writing, language and numeracy. Despite some hysterical criticisms, the national assessment program remains a vital educational tool and there is no rigorous evidence it…
    More than a million Australian students sat NAPLAN tests this week, assessing their standards in reading, writing, language and numeracy. Despite some hysterical criticisms, the national assessment program remains a vital educational tool and there is no rigorous evidence it…
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  • New CIS research: Why We Need NAPLAN 13 May 2018 | MEDIA RELEASE
    NAPLAN (commencing this year on May 15) is an essential part of Australia’s school system, and common criticisms of the national assessment tool are not supported by reliable evidence, according to new research from The Centre for Independent Studies. In…
    NAPLAN (commencing this year on May 15) is an essential part of Australia’s school system, and common criticisms of the national assessment tool are not supported by reliable evidence, according to new research from The Centre for Independent Studies. In…
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Publications

  • 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....
    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.
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  • The Fantasy of Gonski Funding: The ongoing battle over school spending 30 April 2017 | RR26
    The Gonski Report has not been implemented – there is no such thing as ‘Gonski funding.’  The current school funding benchmark is unreasonably high. There were several fundamental issues with the Gonski Report to begin with. There are viable alternative school funding options which should be considered instead.
    The Gonski Report has not been implemented – there is no such thing as ‘Gonski funding.’  The current school funding benchmark is unreasonably high. There were several fundamental issues with the Gonski Report to begin with. There are viable alternative school funding options which should be considered instead.
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