Dr Jennifer Buckingham commenced as a Director on 2 June 2015.

Jennifer Buckingham is a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Independent Studies, where she has been researching and writing on education policy for over 15 years. She currently leads the CIS FIVE from FIVE Literacy Project, which aims to bridge the gap between research and practice in reading instruction.

Jennifer’s main area of work is school education and she has published papers on school funding, international assessments, NAPLAN and My School, teacher training and employment, class size, and educational disadvantage. In early 2017, she chaired an expert advisory panel for the Australian government on the introduction of a national Year 1 literacy and numeracy assessment.

Dr Buckingham has a PhD in literacy and social disadvantage from Macquarie University. She also acts as an Associate Investigator with the Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders.

For Australian schools to provide the best possible education, we need to set high expectations of both students and teachers and create the conditions for them to achieve them.
AITSL Non-Executive Director Dr Jennifer Buckingham