Jennifer Buckingham

Senior Research Fellow & Head of 'FIVE from FIVE' Literacy Project

Jennifer Buckingham

Expertise: Schools policy, school funding, school choice, literacy, NAPLAN, teacher quality

Jennifer’s main area of work is school education, and she has published papers on school choice, school funding, literacy, international assessments (including PISA), NAPLAN and My School, religious schools, boys’ education, teacher training and employment, class size, and educational disadvantage.

She currently heading up the CIS FIVE from FIVE Literacy Project which has the aim to have effective reading taught in every classroom, every day.

She is the author of the numerous reports including Free to Choose Charter Schools: How charter and for-profit schools can boost public education (2015),  School Funding on a Budget (2014),Why Jaydon Can’t Read (2014), Religious Schools in Australia (2010), Schools of Thought: A Collection of Articles on Education (2009), Families, Freedom and Education (2001) and Boy Troubles (2000), among others.

Jennifer has also written about child care, female labour force participation, and NSW trains. Jennifer’s doctoral research was on literacy and social disadvantage.

Jennifer has been at the forefront of debate on education matters for more than a decade, with hundreds of articles in major newspapers and regular radio appearances. Her future work at CIS will continue to focus on school choice and funding, accountability for student performance, and effective instruction.

For more information about FIVE from FIVE, visit the website at www.fivefromfive.org.au.

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Featured Publication

  • Focus on Phonics: Why Australia should adopt the Year 1 Phonics Screening Check 24 November 2016 | RR22
    A simple, five-minute Phonics Screening Check could identify at an early stage all of Australia’s school children who are at serious risk of struggling with reading skills. Among English speaking countries, Australia has one of the largest proportions of children…...
    A simple, five-minute Phonics Screening Check could identify at an early stage all of Australia’s school children who are at serious risk of struggling with reading skills. Among English speaking countries, Australia has one of the largest proportions of children…
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Media & Commentary

  • North by north-south 19 May 2017 | Ideas@TheCentre
    When the regional meeting of the Mont Pelerin Society (MPS) was scheduled to be held in Seoul, few people would have predicted that it would take place at a time when tensions between North and South Korea would be at…
    When the regional meeting of the Mont Pelerin Society (MPS) was scheduled to be held in Seoul, few people would have predicted that it would take place at a time when tensions between North and South Korea would be at…
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  • Smart parents favour quality education over fancy buildings 05 May 2017 | Ideas@TheCentre
    With student numbers swelling in city public schools — partly because of population growth and partly because of a slowdown in the drift to non-government schools — the NSW and Victorian state governments have plans to build a bunch of…
    With student numbers swelling in city public schools — partly because of population growth and partly because of a slowdown in the drift to non-government schools — the NSW and Victorian state governments have plans to build a bunch of…
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  • Evidence needed before education shifts 31 March 2017 | Ideas@TheCentre
    The working lives of people entering the Australian workforce in 2017 are different to those of the previous generation. Technology and automation, as well as the decline in industries where entry level positions have a low skill requirement, are reducing…
    The working lives of people entering the Australian workforce in 2017 are different to those of the previous generation. Technology and automation, as well as the decline in industries where entry level positions have a low skill requirement, are reducing…
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  • The 4C's do not exist without the 3R's 10 March 2017 | Ideas@TheCentre
    Almost every day, a new evangelist for so-called ’21st Century’ learning makes a heartfelt plea for schools to throw off the shackles of having to teach children to be proficient readers and fluent writers, competent in arithmetic, and knowledgeable about…
    Almost every day, a new evangelist for so-called ’21st Century’ learning makes a heartfelt plea for schools to throw off the shackles of having to teach children to be proficient readers and fluent writers, competent in arithmetic, and knowledgeable about…
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  • 10 things to look for in Year 4 11 December 2016 | Sunday Telegraph
    Australia’s poor results in the latest international assessments of reading, maths and science should be of serious concern to parents. The proportion of children who were classed as ‘low performers’ by international standards grew substantially over the past decade. A…
    Australia’s poor results in the latest international assessments of reading, maths and science should be of serious concern to parents. The proportion of children who were classed as ‘low performers’ by international standards grew substantially over the past decade. A…
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Publications

  • Productivity Commission Inquiry into the National Education Evidence Base: Submission in response to the draft report 01 May 2016 | CIS Submission
    The Review of Education Evidence (Draft Report)—the ‘Draft Report’—provides a useful, up-to-date overview of the types of data collected about the educational progress and outcomes of Australian children and students. It makes salient points about the quality and accessibility of research and data....
    The Review of Education Evidence (Draft Report)—the ‘Draft Report’—provides a useful, up-to-date overview of the types of data collected about the educational progress and outcomes of Australian children and students. It makes salient points about the quality and accessibility of research and data.
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  • Read about it: Scientific evidence for effective teaching of reading 07 March 2016 | Research Report 11
    How children learn to read is one of the most studied aspects of education. There is a large and rigorous body of scientific evidence identifying the key elements of high quality reading instruction. The research literature also unequivocally shows that explicit instruction methods are the most effective way of teaching…...
    How children learn to read is one of the most studied aspects of education. There is a large and rigorous body of scientific evidence identifying the key elements of high quality reading instruction. The research literature also unequivocally shows that explicit instruction methods are the most effective way of teaching…
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  • One School Does Not Fit All 31 January 2016 | Research Report 9
    Australia has a relatively large degree of choice between schools, a product of historical private and non-profit sector involvement in the provision of schooling after British colonisation. Analysis of school funding data in this report shows that there are more similarities in how schools are funded than differences. This report…...
    Australia has a relatively large degree of choice between schools, a product of historical private and non-profit sector involvement in the provision of schooling after British colonisation. Analysis of school funding data in this report shows that there are more similarities in how schools are funded than differences. This report…
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  • Free to Choose Charter Schools: How charter and for-profit schools can boost public education 31 August 2015 | Research Report 6
    Charter schools and free schools – publicly-funded, privately-managed schools – have been introduced in several countries around the world as a way of extending school choice, particularly for low income families. This report examines the policies and research on charter schools and their equivalents in five countries –USA, Sweden, Chile,…...
    Charter schools and free schools – publicly-funded, privately-managed schools – have been introduced in several countries around the world as a way of extending school choice, particularly for low income families. This report examines the policies and research on charter schools and their equivalents in five countries –USA, Sweden, Chile,…
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  • Budget 2014-15: Fiscal responsibility or savage cuts? 16 May 2014 | SP13
    The CIS analyses the Abbott government’s crucial first budget, including significant changes in the key policy areas of health, tax measures, welfare and education.        
    The CIS analyses the Abbott government’s crucial first budget, including significant changes in the key policy areas of health, tax measures, welfare and education.        
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