Focus on Phonics.

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. Read about why Australia should adopt the year 1 phonics screening check . Full report or snapshot


Read About It.

Read how scientific evidence for effective teaching of reading can improve instruction that will have significant and sustained impact on literacy in the early years. Full report or snapshot



Selected CIS Publications


Focus on Phonics: Why Australia should adopt the Year 1 Phonics Screening Check, (2016) Jennifer Buckingham, CIS Research Report

Read About It: Scientific Evidence for the Effective Teaching of Reading, (2016) Kerry Hempenstall (author) and Jennifer Buckingham (ed), CIS Research Report

One School Does Not Fit All, (2016) Jennifer Buckingham and Trish Jha, CIS Research Report

Free to Choose Charter Schools: How charter and for-profit schools can boost public education, (2015) Trish Jha and Jennifer Buckingham, CIS Research Report

Why Jaydon Can’t Read: A Forum on Fixing Literacy (February 2014), Jennifer Buckingham, Justine Ferrari and Tom Alegounarias

Why Jaydon Can’t Read, Policy Magazine (Spring 2013), Jennifer Buckingham, Kevin Wheldall and Robyn Beaman-Wheldall.

Keeping PISA in Perpective: Why Australian education policy should not be driven by international test results (December 2012), Jennifer Buckingham

More CIS education policy research

Recent opinion pieces

Smart money should go to teach the teachers, The Australian, 2 August 2017

Our students and teachers deserve better, IDEAS@THECENTRE, 28 July 2017

10 things to look for in year 4, Sunday Telegraph, Jennifer Buckingham and Greg Ashman, 11 December 2016

New PISA reading, maths and science results confirm Australia’s educational decline,  Jennifer Buckingham, 6 December 2016

The neo-liberals ate my maths homework, Jennifer Buckingham, 1 December 2016

Australia’s maths and science ranking drops to dismal level, Jennifer Buckingham, 29 November, 2016

Australian Government urged to follow England’s lead on Phonics Screening Check, Jennifer Buckingham, 28 November, 2016

Five minutes of phonics to lift child literacy levels, The Australian, 24 November, 2016

Poor teachers beget poor students, Financial Review, 4 August, 2016

NAPLAN results show core learning skills are in retreat, The Australian, 3 August, 2016
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Putting the teacher front and centre, Financial Review, 28 May, 2016

Teaching phonics to kids is cheap but has a big pay-off, Financial Review, 29 April, 2016

Low literacy cannot be tolerated or excused any longer, The Drum, 22 March, 2016

Too many Australian kids can’t read properly – here’s what we need to do about it,, 10 March, 2016

Five from five: We can end the reading wars, The Weekend Australian, 5-6 March, 2016

10 years of slow progress, ideas@thecentre, 11 December, 2015

Spelling tricky for kids, so good phonics programs are vital, The Australian, 8 December, 2015

Funding isn’t everything when it comes to improving school results, The Sydney Morning Herald, 6 November, 2015

Lifting literacy needs more than just money, Sydney Morning Herald, 8 September, 2015

Ignore the doubters, NAPLAN is important and it’s working, The Drum, 5 August, 2015

Poor students likely to make poor teachers, The Australian, 13 February, 2015

Reading writing on the wall, The Australian, 6 January, 2015

More CIS opinion pieces


Other publications by Jennifer Buckingham

Why poor children are more likely to become poor readers: The early years, Jennifer Buckingham, Robyn Beaman and Kevin Wheldall, Educational Review (2013)

Why poor children are more likely to become poor readers: The school years, Jennifer Buckingham, Kevin Wheldall and Robyn Beaman-Wheldall, Australian Journal of Education (2013)