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

Jennifer is a Senior Research Fellow of the Centre for Independent Studies, where she has been researching and writing on education policy for almost 20 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 has published papers and articles 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.

Jennifer’s doctoral research was on literacy and social disadvantage. She is widely published and is a Council Member of Learning Difficulties Australia and an Associate Investigator with the ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders, a world-leading cognitive science centre