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

  • 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

  • Early years of primary importance 31 January 2020 | Financial Review
    It is a myth that primary school is less important than secondary school.Parental engagement and support is vital throughout a child’s education, but never more so than in the early primary years. Many parents are most engaged in Years 11…
    It is a myth that primary school is less important than secondary school.Parental engagement and support is vital throughout a child’s education, but never more so than in the early primary years. Many parents are most engaged in Years 11…
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  • Back to homework 24 January 2020 | Ideas@TheCentre
    School is almost back; and for most students that means homework is just around the corner too. It’s a topic guaranteed to divide parental opinions. Depending on who you talk to, homework can either steal students’ childhoods, or is an…
    School is almost back; and for most students that means homework is just around the corner too. It’s a topic guaranteed to divide parental opinions. Depending on who you talk to, homework can either steal students’ childhoods, or is an…
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  • Postcodes, not high fees, are best clues to performance 20 December 2019 | The Australian
    If you need any more proof that higher school spending doesn’t guarantee better academic results, look at the Year 12 rankings announced this week. Many parents may be surprised the non-government sectors don’t seem to perform significantly better than the…
    If you need any more proof that higher school spending doesn’t guarantee better academic results, look at the Year 12 rankings announced this week. Many parents may be surprised the non-government sectors don’t seem to perform significantly better than the…
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  • Teacher training is the answer to improving student results 09 December 2019 | Financial Review
    In my teacher education degree four years ago, just one out of 14 courses was dedicated to literacy and numeracy. It included very little about how to actually teach literacy and nothing on how to teach numeracy. Given defective training…
    In my teacher education degree four years ago, just one out of 14 courses was dedicated to literacy and numeracy. It included very little about how to actually teach literacy and nothing on how to teach numeracy. Given defective training…
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  • Why are Australia’s PISA results so bad? Blame mediocre education standards and poor teaching 03 December 2019 | The Daily Telegraph
    When did we become a nation satisfied with mediocrity? The latest international education rankings confirm that we’ve entrenched low expectations in our school system, especially in maths and science. And this has been particularly harmful to children from disadvantaged backgrounds.…
    When did we become a nation satisfied with mediocrity? The latest international education rankings confirm that we’ve entrenched low expectations in our school system, especially in maths and science. And this has been particularly harmful to children from disadvantaged backgrounds.…
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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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