Investing in our teachers, investing in our economy

by Ben Jensen

Investing in and improving teacher effectiveness would do more to increase economic growth than any other reform before Australian governments. The improvement in student learning could lift Australian students to the top of international performance tables.

An increase in teacher effectiveness of 10% would lift Australia’s education systems into the highest performing group of countries in the world. It would improve student performance and the longer-term productivity of the labour force. Quite apart from the benefits of better education to individual well-being and society, the increased productivity of workers would increase long-run economic growth by $90 billion by 2050, making Australians 12% richer by the turn of the century.

Download Report

Download Media Release

Download Op-ed published in The Sydney Morning Herald

Related Articles


17 March 2017

Poor behaviour in class is not acceptable but zero tolerance is not the answer

Published by The Guardian, Friday 17 March New international data shines a light on what’s going on in the classrooms of Australia. Some of what the OECD’s spotlight reveals is not pretty: stu…


05 May 2017

Engaging students: creating better classroom environments for learning – Adelaide

Event Podcast: In this event, in partnership with the State Library South Australia, Dr Peter Goss, Grattan Institute School Education Program Director, hosted a panel of leading educators to explore…


05 February 2017

Engaging students: creating classrooms that improve learning

Australia’s education system needs comprehensive reform to tackle widespread student disengagement in the classroom. As many as 40 per cent of school students are unproductive in a given year. Un…