Our Story

Founded by Dr Ben Jensen and based in Melbourne, Australia, Learning First is committed to spreading and deepening global best practice.

There is no shortage of ideas about how to improve schools. But education reform is difficult and around the world sustained improvement is patchy. The challenge is to translate high performance or substantial improvement in individual schools into system-wide success. We therefore work closely with education leaders to tie policy reform at the highest level of government to deep change in the classroom.

That deep change begins when teachers use evidence to understand where their students are in their learning, then work in a team, both supporting and challenging each other, to address any gaps in their students’ learning and how their teaching might have contributed to them.

Decades of research and the lessons of high-performing systems around the world show that teachers and schools working together produce the greatest impact on student learning. The task for school and system leaders is to guide and empower teachers in this work of steady improvement.

Our staff employs its extensive experience in government, policy research, think tanks and classroom teaching to advise governments and organisations in Australia, the United States, Europe and the Middle East. Our clients include state governments in Queensland, Victoria, Tasmania, South Australia, and Florida in the United States, the provincial government in British Columbia, Canada,  multi-national organisations such as the OECD, and organisations such as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the National Centre on Education and the Economy in the US.

Founded by Dr Ben Jensen and based in Melbourne, Australia, Learning First is committed to spreading and deepening global best practice. We combine research with practical approaches that have made a difference in school systems around the world.

Successful school reform requires trust and a commitment to staying the course. We have long-term relationships with our clients based on honesty, integrity and deep experience and expertise. These relationships enable us to help our clients further develop the skills and capacities of their own people.

Click here for more information on our research, consulting and development work, and our clients. Or write to us at info@learningfirst.com