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Overcoming the Odds 2: Where are the top-performing disadvantaged secondary schools?
Blaise Joseph
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…

Overcoming the Odds: A study of Australia’s top-performing disadvantaged schools
Blaise Joseph
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…

Early Childhood Intervention: Assessing the evidence
Trisha Jha
20 September 2016 | Research Report 19

Early childhood interventions are programs that aim to improve a child’s development trajectory over the longer term. In the context of increasing disadvantage in welfare-dependent communities in Australia, governments spend considerable sums on these programs. The rationale is that investment, in theory, will reduce the…

Untangling childcare and family policy
Trisha Jha
05 March 2016

Speech given by CIS Policy Analyst Trisha Jha to the NSW Liberal Party’s Rural and Regional Lunch on Saturday March 5, 2015. Thank you to Tobias and Hollie for inviting me to address you all this afternoon. I’d like to give you a bit of an…

Submission to the Parliament of NSW Standing Committee on State Development: Inquiry into economic development in Aboriginal communities
Sara Hudson
12 February 2016 | CIS Submission

In seeking to improve Indigenous economic development outcomes it is important to recognise that high levels of Indigenous disadvantage are not related to Indigeneity but are the result of ineffective policies and lack of opportunity — specifically in relation to education, employment and private enterprise.…

Media & Commentary

Give low-income parents a school choice
Glenn Fahey, Blaise Joseph
13 August 2020 | Ideas@theCentre

We have to stop using private schools as a scapegoat for everything wrong with Australian education. It’s recently been argued that to improve equity non-government schools should receive more public…

Give low-income parents a school choice: that's the key to equity
Glenn Fahey, Blaise Joseph
13 August 2020 | Sydney Morning Herald

We have to stop using private schools as a scapegoat for everything wrong with Australian education. Former NSW education minister Adrian Piccoli has argued this week that non-government schools should…

Why drop the ball on our key indigenous targets?
Nyunggai Warren Mundine
15 July 2020 | The Australian

The COVID-19 pandemic — and government responses to it — has halted large sections of the economy, resulting in business failures and increased unemployment. With so many facing straitened circumstances,…

School closures hurt disadvantaged families more
Blaise Joseph
23 April 2020 | Spectator

Schools are one of the most complex parts of the policy response to coronavirus. Policymakers seemingly have to navigate the tightrope between saving lives and harming children’s education. Late last…

Learning from home isn’t fair or sustainable
Blaise Joseph
17 April 2020 | Financial Review

If the best that can be said for digital education is that it’s useful for some months during an unprecedented pandemic, then there probably isn’t much to be said for it normally.…