Dr Jennifer Buckingham
Jennifer Buckingham is a Senior Research Fellow at The Centre for Independent Studies and director of the FIVE from FIVE reading project. The FIVE from FIVE project is a policy research and advocacy campaign to bridge the gap between evidence and practice in reading instruction.
Jennifer has been writing on education policy for almost two decades, and has published papers on school choice, school funding, literacy, international assessments, NAPLAN and My School, religious schools, boys’ education, teacher training and employment, class size, and educational disadvantage. She has published over 200 op-eds and is frequently invited to provide advice to governments and other school authorities.
Jennifer’s doctoral research was on effective interventions for struggling readers. Her recent publications are Focus on Phonics: Why Australia Should Adopt the Year 1 Phonics Screening Check and Read About It: Scientific Evidence for Effective Teaching of Reading (Ed).
Jennifer recently chaired the Australian Government’s Expert Advisory Group on a Year 1 National Literacy and Numeracy Assessment. She is a non-Executive Director of the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership, a Council member of Learning Difficulties Australia, and an Associate Investigator at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Cognition and Its Disorders at Macquarie University.