Dean Ashenden


Dean Ashenden has been a consultant and adviser to schools and school systems in every state and territory and at the national level. He is an Honorary Senior Fellow at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education.

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4 May 2018

The latest Gonski report points a way to the future of school reform, but has not broken with its disastrous past, writes Dean Ashenden.


5 Mar 2018

Labor’s shadow education minister faces the problem of working out why school reform has failed, and what a federal education minister could do about it.

Discussion paper

30 Sep 2016

A collection of articles on national education policy was posted to the TJ Ryan Foundation website during this year’s federal election campaign. Much of this commentary highlighted the failure of the campaign to confront the policy vacuum which faces administrators in tertiary institutions and those...


29 Sep 2016

Federal minister Simon Birmingham has fired the first shots in the latest battle of the school funding wars. Here’s Inside Story ’s short guide to the terrain

1. Has Australia been spending more and more on schools? Yes, and no. Over the past...


15 Jun 2016

Credentialism has distorted the direction and basis of half a century’s education and training policy, argues Dean Ashenden.

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