Ben Jensen

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Research report

14 Mar 2014

The report examines the timetables and budgets of six diverse schools across the country to identify ways they can change their practices in order to free up time for teacher development.


School education in Australia is slipping. We are falling down...

Research report

21 Feb 2014

By examining two primary and two secondary schools, this report argues that Australia’s most troubled schools can turn around their performance to achieve remarkable results by following five steps.

Overview: Some of Australia’s most troubled schools are turning around their performance to achieve...

Audio interview

26 Nov 2013

Federal Education Minister Christopher Pyne's promise to overhaul Gonski has become a lightning rod for conflict between the Abbott Government and the States. But his critics argue that clawing back the Gonski reforms would see the return of the deep inequities of the SES scheme...

Research report

10 Jul 2013

This report argues that neither creating more competition among schools nor giving them more autonomy without support to improve learning are the vital solutions that will lift the performance of Australian students.

Neither creating more competition among schools nor giving them more autonomy without...



11 May 2012

Without good implementation, like in Singapore, teaching won’t improve, writes Ben Jensen for the Grattan Institute .


The recent Productivity Commission report into the schools workforce recommended that the federal government scheme to provide bonus payments to teachers be delayed and...

Research report

17 Feb 2012

Today’s centre of high performance in school education is East Asia. Four of the world's five highest-performing systems are Hong Kong, Korea, Shanghai and Singapore, according to OECD’s 2009 PISA assessments of students.

In Shanghai, the average 15-year old mathematics student is performing at...



25 Mar 2011

Reform is needed to improve Asian literacy in schools, writes Ben Jensen in The Australian.

We are failing to properly educate our children to succeed in a world led by Asian countries.

There is little doubt Australia's future economic prosperity depends on our...

Research report

15 Nov 2010

Improving teacher effectiveness would have a greater impact on economic growth than any other reform before Australian governments, this paper argues.

The improvement in student learning could lift Australian students to the top of international performance tables.

An increase in teacher effectiveness of...

Research report

28 May 2010

This report presents teachers' views about the evaluation of their work, the development of their teaching and how this impacts upon school education.

Having been through school education, most of us can remember the teacher who inspired us and who was fundamental to our...

Audio program

10 May 2010

Three leading economists discussed the evidence for how education quality drives economic growth.

They also reviewed the evidence that the most important policy interventions are to improve teacher quality rather than school building improvements or class size reductions.

The panel consisted of Colm...

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