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Jennifer Buckingham

Jennifer Buckingham is a Research Fellow in the Social Foundations program at the Centre for Independent Studies. Jennifer's main area of work is school education.
Discussion paper

Big issues, clear solutions: a to-do list for the next government

Every election campaign seems full of promises to spend more money, raise more taxes and make government bigger. Voters expect politicians to offer solutions to all manner of problems, most of them far outside federal jurisdiction and many of which are not problems government can...
Policy report

Reading Recovery: a failed investment

This paper argues that numerous studies of the Reading Recovery program have provided no sound evidence that it has sustained positive effects on children’s reading achievement in the medium or long-term, despite its widespread use and high cost.
Policy report

What the Gonski 2 Review got wrong

This report argues that the 'Gonski 2 Review' into Australian schools failed to fulfill its terms of reference to examine the evidence regarding the most effective teaching and learning strategies, and to provide advice on how the extra federal government funding for schools should be...
Report

National Year 1 literacy and numeracy check: expert advisory panel final report

This report argues that a national check of all Year 1 students in the areas of reading, phonics and numeracy will ensure that students who are behind in their schooling are identified early and can receive the extra support they need.
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Focus on phonics: why Australia should adopt the year 1 phonics screening check

In order to read proficiently, students need accurate and fluent word identification skills and adequate language comprehension. Put simply, they must be able to work out what the words on the page or screen are, and know what they mean. The most effective way to...