Research Scholars – The Centre for Independent Studies

Glenn Fahey

Research Fellow in Education Policy

Glenn Fahey

Glenn Fahey is a Research Fellow in Education Policy, with a particular focus on education finance and accountability. Prior to joining the CIS, Glenn has held both policy- and research-intensive positions at the Centre for Educational Research and Innovation (OECD), Institute for Public Policy and Governance (University of Technology Sydney), and the Australian Treasury. Most recently, Glenn’s work has included conceptual development of an accountability framework to support strategic governance of education systems across OECD countries. Glenn’s work has been published in academic journals including: Policy and Politics, Public Administration Quarterly, and Public Finance and Management, as well as in the OECD Education Working Paper Series. Glenn has been awarded a Master of Economics (University of New England), Master of International Relations (University of New South Wales), Bachelor of Economics (University of New South Wales), and Bachelor of Social Science (University of New South Wales).


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Featured Publication

  • Beating lockdown blues: Students pass the Covid test 25 October 2021 | RR42
    Students have suffered educational disruption in combatting the spread of covid-19. Education policy and practice during the pandemic has faced uncertainty, with some a priori assumptions proven true, while others not. The research tests the following a priori assumptions of…...
    Students have suffered educational disruption in combatting the spread of covid-19. Education policy and practice during the pandemic has faced uncertainty, with some a priori assumptions proven true, while others not. The research tests the following a priori assumptions of…
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Media & Commentary

  • Policymakers must ensure maths curriculum is evidence based 24 October 2021 | Canberra Times
    With Australian mathematics in crisis, the test is on for policymakers to ensure evidence wins the day in our national maths curriculum. Speaking at the CIS last week, Australian Education Minister, Alan Tudge, has challenged reviewers of the proposed national…
    With Australian mathematics in crisis, the test is on for policymakers to ensure evidence wins the day in our national maths curriculum. Speaking at the CIS last week, Australian Education Minister, Alan Tudge, has challenged reviewers of the proposed national…
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  • Pandemic is yet to teach us its true lessons 12 September 2021 | Australian Financial Review
    Reassuring NAPLAN results offer hope that Australian students may escape serious educational harm from the pandemic. However, it would be premature to put the concerns to bed just yet. The recently announced results – based on exams sat in May…
    Reassuring NAPLAN results offer hope that Australian students may escape serious educational harm from the pandemic. However, it would be premature to put the concerns to bed just yet. The recently announced results – based on exams sat in May…
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  • It could be 2022 by the time we see the full impact on our kids’ education 25 August 2021 | Daily Telegraph
    Parents, educators, and policymakers will be relieved by new NAPLAN results showing NSW students are achieving more or less the same as they did pre-pandemic. But it would be wrong to conclude too early all is rosy on the education…
    Parents, educators, and policymakers will be relieved by new NAPLAN results showing NSW students are achieving more or less the same as they did pre-pandemic. But it would be wrong to conclude too early all is rosy on the education…
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  • Australian education is not keeping up 22 August 2021 | Canberra Times
    For too long, education policy and practice has failed to keep pace with the evidence. New Centre for Independent Studies research shows why the educational science must be more readily followed. Authored by UNSW’s John Sweller, the research methodologically explains…
    For too long, education policy and practice has failed to keep pace with the evidence. New Centre for Independent Studies research shows why the educational science must be more readily followed. Authored by UNSW’s John Sweller, the research methodologically explains…
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  • NAPLAN future secured, but improvements will continue 18 July 2021 | Canberra Times
    The decision to keep NAPLAN – but continue to improve it – is a positive step for Australian schooling. The agreement reached by Australia’s education ministers earlier this month puts to bed the senseless and toxic debate over the national…
    The decision to keep NAPLAN – but continue to improve it – is a positive step for Australian schooling. The agreement reached by Australia’s education ministers earlier this month puts to bed the senseless and toxic debate over the national…
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Publications

  • Mind the Gap: Understanding the Indigenous education gap and how to close it 24 June 2021 | RR41
    Indigenous educational disadvantage remains among the most pressing and persistent public policy challenges in Australia. Despite bipartisan and intergovernmental commitment to ‘Closing the Gap’, has done little to move the needle in education outcomes. Dispiritingly poor education outcomes persist despite the best of intentions, considerable investment of resources, and countless…...
    Indigenous educational disadvantage remains among the most pressing and persistent public policy challenges in Australia. Despite bipartisan and intergovernmental commitment to ‘Closing the Gap’, has done little to move the needle in education outcomes. Dispiritingly poor education outcomes persist despite the best of intentions, considerable investment of resources, and countless…
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  • Dollars and Sense: Time for smart reform of Australian school funding 01 December 2020 | RR40
    Australia is among the world’s highest-spending countries on schooling. Yet, the educational return on this investment for parents, taxpayers, employers, and students, has deteriorated — despite the expectation of policymakers that increased funding would inevitably improve educational outcomes. It’s true that money matters when it comes to schooling, but how…...
    Australia is among the world’s highest-spending countries on schooling. Yet, the educational return on this investment for parents, taxpayers, employers, and students, has deteriorated — despite the expectation of policymakers that increased funding would inevitably improve educational outcomes. It’s true that money matters when it comes to schooling, but how…
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  • Parents’ perspectives on home-based learning in the covid-19 pandemic 30 September 2020 | AP15
    School closures during the covid-19 pandemic temporarily shifted schooling from the classroom to the home. This paper provides an insight into parents’ perspectives of this experience of home-based learning. The research shows parents have a wide range of views on how, how often, and how well schooling was carried out.…...
    School closures during the covid-19 pandemic temporarily shifted schooling from the classroom to the home. This paper provides an insight into parents’ perspectives of this experience of home-based learning. The research shows parents have a wide range of views on how, how often, and how well schooling was carried out.…
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  • 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 educational costs. Victoria, Tasmania, the ACT, New South Wales, 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 educational costs. Victoria, Tasmania, the ACT, New South Wales, and…
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  • What Do Parents Want From Schools? 20 November 2019 | PP26
    Educational freedom and proper use of resources are both crucial in producing the best outcomes for school students. This paper provides an insight into parental perspectives of the current state of school choice and resourcing. The research results reveal the areas of importance to parents and how they and their…...
    Educational freedom and proper use of resources are both crucial in producing the best outcomes for school students. This paper provides an insight into parental perspectives of the current state of school choice and resourcing. The research results reveal the areas of importance to parents and how they and their…
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