Seminar on the UK and Australia school systems

Seminar: Thursday 23 February 2017 from 4 to 5:30 PM at the UCL Institute of Education on the UK and Australia school systems

Geoff Masters, CEO of the Australian Council for Educational Research, in conversation with Geoff Whitty, Director Emeritus IOE
23rd February 2017, 4.00-5.30pm, Room 642, 20 Bedford Way

This seminar provides the opportunity to contrast education policy and practice in the UK and Australia, particularly in the areas of assessment, school improvement and the challenges that both systems share – securing all children’s ‘school readiness’; equipping young people for the 21st century; narrowing the attainment gap and reducing the ‘long tail’ of underachieving students; and raising the status of teaching.

Geoff Masters will make some introductory comments on the Australian system, followed by discussion and Q&A with the audience.

To book your place, email Emma Wisby – e.wisby@ucl.ac.uk

Professor Geoff Masters AO is CEO of the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER), a position he has held since 1998. As CEO, he has led the organisation’s global development, including its establishment of offices in the UK, Middle East, India, Indonesia and throughout Australia.

A psychometrician by training (PhD University of Chicago 1980), Geoff Masters has led ACER’s emergence as one of the world’s leading centres for educational assessment and research. As well as providing support to national governments in monitoring educational outcomes, ACER managed the first five cycles of the OECD’s PISA tests internationally.

He has undertaken a number of reviews for governments and has written widely on education policy issues. His recent publications include Reforming Educational Assessment and Five challenges in Australian school education.

An adjunct professor in the Queensland Brain Institute, Geoff Masters was made an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2014 for his contributions to education.


Professor Geoff Whitty CBE
is Director Emeritus of the IOE. A member of the Department of Education, Practice and Society, Geoff currently divides his time between the IOE, Bath Spa University, and the University of Newcastle – Australia.