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: 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…...
    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…
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Media & Commentary

  • Why we still need NAPLAN 12 April 2019 | Ideas@TheCentre
    When Julia Gillard defied the odds in 2008 to introduce NAPLAN successfully, it may have been the most significant achievement by an Australian federal education minister in decades. Australia finally had an objective, standardised measure of student achievement in the…
    When Julia Gillard defied the odds in 2008 to introduce NAPLAN successfully, it may have been the most significant achievement by an Australian federal education minister in decades. Australia finally had an objective, standardised measure of student achievement in the…
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  • This is why we need NAPLAN 08 April 2019 | The Sydney Morning Herald
    When Julia Gillard defied the odds in 2008 to successfully introduce NAPLAN, it may have been the greatest achievement by an Australian federal education minister in decades. Australia finally had an objective, standardised measure of student achievement in the vital…
    When Julia Gillard defied the odds in 2008 to successfully introduce NAPLAN, it may have been the greatest achievement by an Australian federal education minister in decades. Australia finally had an objective, standardised measure of student achievement in the vital…
    read more
  • Keys to overcoming disadvantage at school 27 March 2019 | Newcastle Herald
    “We want 100% of our students reading. We don’t care what their backgrounds are when they come, we’ll do everything we can to get them to read.” Statements like this, from the principal of a top-performing disadvantaged primary school, show…
    “We want 100% of our students reading. We don’t care what their backgrounds are when they come, we’ll do everything we can to get them to read.” Statements like this, from the principal of a top-performing disadvantaged primary school, show…
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  • How disadvantaged schools can be top performers 22 March 2019 | Ideas@TheCentre
    In the lead up to the NSW and federal elections, education policy has degenerated into a bidding war between the major parties, as they both promise more and more taxpayer dollars for schools to combat student disadvantage. But despite recent…
    In the lead up to the NSW and federal elections, education policy has degenerated into a bidding war between the major parties, as they both promise more and more taxpayer dollars for schools to combat student disadvantage. But despite recent…
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  • How disadvantaged schools can be top performers 21 March 2019 | The Educator
    We can improve outcomes for our most disadvantaged students, if evidence-based school practices are adopted. Across the world, students from disadvantaged social backgrounds perform worse academically than more advantaged students on average. But our new research report shows that disadvantage is not…
    We can improve outcomes for our most disadvantaged students, if evidence-based school practices are adopted. Across the world, students from disadvantaged social backgrounds perform worse academically than more advantaged students on average. But our new research report shows that disadvantage is not…
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Publications

  • 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....
    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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