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

  • Kudos to NSW for phonics check trial 21 June 2019 | Ideas@TheCentre
    The NSW budget included some very welcome education news: a trial of the Year 1 phonics screening check in some government schools. This is a great outcome for NSW children, and CIS is particularly pleased to see it, as we…
    The NSW budget included some very welcome education news: a trial of the Year 1 phonics screening check in some government schools. This is a great outcome for NSW children, and CIS is particularly pleased to see it, as we…
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  • No, school choice does not cause ‘segregation’ 07 June 2019 | Ideas@TheCentre
    The mental gymnastics displayed by some people in order to blame school choice for Australia’s education woes never cease to amaze. A recent OECD report on school choice and equity indicated Australia has one of the most ‘segregated’ school systems…
    The mental gymnastics displayed by some people in order to blame school choice for Australia’s education woes never cease to amaze. A recent OECD report on school choice and equity indicated Australia has one of the most ‘segregated’ school systems…
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  • More spending not a poll winner 24 May 2019 | Ideas@TheCentre
    A significant proportion of Australians would rather have lower taxes than more spending on public services like education without results, and this was reflected in the federal election result. The truth is, Australians aren’t just concerned about how much is…
    A significant proportion of Australians would rather have lower taxes than more spending on public services like education without results, and this was reflected in the federal election result. The truth is, Australians aren’t just concerned about how much is…
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  • NAPLAN is much more gain than pain 16 May 2019 | DAILY TELEGRAPH
    It’s that time of the school year again.  NAPLAN has started, and so have the shouts that the tests are ‘useless’ and ‘harm kids and schools’. But what really harms children is when they’re not taught how to read or…
    It’s that time of the school year again.  NAPLAN has started, and so have the shouts that the tests are ‘useless’ and ‘harm kids and schools’. But what really harms children is when they’re not taught how to read or…
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  • Let’s not undermine NAPLAN but make it even better 15 May 2019 | The Australian
    Some people don’t want the school system to be accountable to parents­. But they forget that governmen­t schools exist for parent­s and their children, not the other way around. That memory slip is why the National Assessment Program — Literacy…
    Some people don’t want the school system to be accountable to parents­. But they forget that governmen­t schools exist for parent­s and their children, not the other way around. That memory slip is why the National Assessment Program — Literacy…
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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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