Blaise Joseph

Research Fellow in Education Policy

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

  • Pain without gain: Why school closures are bad policy 24 May 2020 | PP28
    The decision by state and territory governments to strongly advise parents to keep their children at home and essentially close schools went against the health, economic, and educational evidence. There was little health benefit, while there were substantial economic and…...
    The decision by state and territory governments to strongly advise parents to keep their children at home and essentially close schools went against the health, economic, and educational evidence. There was little health benefit, while there were substantial economic and…
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Media & Commentary

  • NSW curriculum review is a fail 03 July 2020 | Ideas@theCentre
    Despite the Berejiklian government’s  ‘back to basics’ rhetoric, the NSW curriculum review is proposing a radical overhaul that isn’t based on evidence, but will make life more difficult for teachers and students. The curriculum definitely needs to be improved. But…
    Despite the Berejiklian government’s  ‘back to basics’ rhetoric, the NSW curriculum review is proposing a radical overhaul that isn’t based on evidence, but will make life more difficult for teachers and students. The curriculum definitely needs to be improved. But…
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  • Education reviews are booming. Shame the same can’t be said about school standards 25 June 2020 | Spectator
    Don’t be fooled by the “back to basics” language from the Berejiklian government — in reality, this NSW curriculum review also contains wishy-washy educational progressivism at its worst.  We’ve all had enough of low expectations for students and fluffy education ideas. At…
    Don’t be fooled by the “back to basics” language from the Berejiklian government — in reality, this NSW curriculum review also contains wishy-washy educational progressivism at its worst.  We’ve all had enough of low expectations for students and fluffy education ideas. At…
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  • School closures are all pain and no gain 28 May 2020 | IDEAS@THECENTRE
    School closures have wiped valuable weeks from students’ learning, and disadvantaged students will be hardest hit. This has happened because some state and territory governments — Victoria, Tasmania, the ACT, New South Wales, and Queensland — ignored the consistent expert…
    School closures have wiped valuable weeks from students’ learning, and disadvantaged students will be hardest hit. This has happened because some state and territory governments — Victoria, Tasmania, the ACT, New South Wales, and Queensland — ignored the consistent expert…
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  • School closures: Student learning has been damaged 25 May 2020 | Daily Telegraph
    School closures have wiped valuable weeks from students’ learning, and disadvantaged students will be hardest hit. This has happened because some state and territory governments — Victoria, Tasmania, the ACT, New South Wales and Queensland — ignored the consistent expert medical…
    School closures have wiped valuable weeks from students’ learning, and disadvantaged students will be hardest hit. This has happened because some state and territory governments — Victoria, Tasmania, the ACT, New South Wales and Queensland — ignored the consistent expert medical…
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  • School closures: light at the end of the tunnel – except in Danandrewstan 03 May 2020 | Spectator
    There is light at the end of the tunnel. Parents and policymakers have generally had enough, and schools are now on the path to completely re-open in most states and territories, if they aren’t already open. This is thanks in…
    There is light at the end of the tunnel. Parents and policymakers have generally had enough, and schools are now on the path to completely re-open in most states and territories, if they aren’t already open. This is thanks in…
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Publications

  • 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 schools are both disadvantaged and high-achieving. The particular challenges facing…...
    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 schools are both disadvantaged and high-achieving. The particular challenges facing…
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  • 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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